• APSP Staff and other participants complete an EPRI course on Social Protection
  • Field Visit during a training session on Social Protection in Mombasa, Kenya
  • Cash transfer programme for persons with disabilities in Maputo, Mozambique
  • Multigenerational faces of vulnerability
  • Older persons are among the vulnerable groups in Africa
  • Participants of the Western Africa Peer Learning and Exchange Workshop in Dakar, Senegal
  • Cash transfer programme in Ghana
  • Plenary Session during the Eastern and Central Africa Peer Learning and Exchange Workshop in Nairobi, Kenya
  • Field Visit during the Southern Africa Peer Learning and Exchange Workshop in Lilongwe, Malawi
  • Beneficiaries of Social Protection programmes show off entrepreneurial projects they have started since programmes commenced
  • Social Protection Programmes also look at children as a vulnerable group



An African continent free from poverty and vulnerability.

Mission Statement

To create partnerships with Civil Society and other organizations to engage with the Governments and International Development Agencies (IDAs) to develop and implement innovative Social Protection strategies and pro­grammes that make a difference in people’s lives in Africa.

As part of a two year programme on “Strengthening Social Protection to Prevent and Mitigate the Impact of HIV/AIDS, and Poverty in Sub-Saharan Africa” being implemented in consortia by the Africa Platform for Social Protection (APSP) with support from SIDA-NORAD.


The Protocol on the Rights of Older Persons in Africa, developed by a Working Group of the Africa Commission for Human and People’s Rights (ACHPR) since 2009, was adopted by the 4th Session of the Ministers in Charge of Social Development in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, on 30th May, 2014. The Africa Platform for Social Protection (APSP) which was represented at the meeting by Dr. Tavengwa Nhongo, Executive Director, is proud to have been among the team which was involved in the process. The Protocol will now follow the Africa Union channels for approval by the Heads of State and Government. “This is an important milestone for older persons of Africa as the protocol will go a long way in guaranteeing the rights of Older Persons. As with the Policy Framework and Plan of Action on Ageing (2002) and the AU Social Policy Framework for Africa, Africa is leading the way in seeking comprehensive solutions for its older citizens" said Dr. Nhongo.

As Social Protection continues to grow in prominence, it is important to recognise the importance of complimentary programmes and more so in programming the accrues benefits to those most vulnerable. For instance, areas targeted for Social Protection also fall within the scope of smallholder households who mainly practice subsistence farming. Evidence shows that Social Protection, and particularly Cash Transfers enable these farmers increase access to credit, boost their savings and even address liquidity constraints. The linkages between agriculture and Social Protection go a long way and the Food and Agriculture Organisation's, From Protection to Production (PtoP) Unit draws these linkages for sub-Saharan Africa through a most incisive report that can be read here.


The participants at the AU Expert Consultation Meeting on Children and Social Protection Systems in Africa, gathered in Cape Town from 28th to 30th April 2014, under the theme: ‘Children and Social Protection Systems: Building the African Agenda’, and deliberated on the challenges facing the African child, the benefits of, and the need for social protection policies, measures and systems that are responsive to the rights of children, especially the most vulnerable.



Following the launch of the SASPEN Network in 2013, the network has gone ahead to achieve a number of milestones, one of which is a publication that seeks to jolt the mind into thinking about the right mix in policy discussions around Social Protection definitions. What is practical versus feasible, is it possible to coerce an entity into a definition that is wide and all encompassing rather than negotiate from a point of limited resources? What is the value of a rights based approach in a Social Protection policy; especially when various stakeholders need to be consulted to effect a programme that delivers to the most vulnerable and poor? The paper looks at the different scenarios of Social Protection policy definitions while remaining neutral on "how best to" to enable discourse on the subject matter. For more details please click here.



We, the representatives of twenty-three[1] (23) National Social Protection Platforms from across the continent of Africa and five[2] (5) African Governments and two (2) Development Partners, convened in Harare, Zimbabwe, under the auspices of the Africa Platform for Social Protection (APSP), from 31st October to 1st November 2013 to reflect and discuss on the theme “Grassroots Participation in Social Protection.”


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