• 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.

The Friedrich Ebert Stiftung (FES), in close collaboration with partners across Africa in social protection – ITUC/ALRN; WIEGO & APSP1– is implementing the Rights Based Social Protection Project in Sub-Saharan Africa. The aim of the project is for African countries to put programs of social protection on a legal basis2. The project would work towards lobbying and advancing the argument that African governments consider social protection to be a right and entitlement, and not just a matter of charity and thus this places clear obligations on governments to guarantee social protection.


The 2nd EAC Child Rights Conference, 25th – 26th August 2016 was held in Nairobi. Dubbed Investing in Children, the conference brought together over 100 participants, including children from the five partner states. The conference addressed various aspects including coordinated approaches in conflict and emergency response, ending violence against children, health education, child sensitive social protection, and resourcing for children among others. Find the recommendations here


APSP held a regional consultation on the Child sensitive social protection framework. Social protection is widely seen as a crucial component of poverty reduction strategies and efforts to reduce vulnerability to economic, social, natural and other shocks and stresses. While many social protection measures already benefit children without explicitly targeting them, awareness on consideration of children in the design, implementation and evaluation of social protection programmes can have more impact.


APSP through its membership in the Inter-Agency Working Group on Child Rights and Wellbeing (IAWG) supported the process of the development of the East Africa Community Child Policy.  The policy aims at providing a functional regional framework to facilitate the development, harmonization coordination and effective implementation of national legislations, policies and action plans related to children and their wellbeing. You can download the Policy here.



Children experience poverty differently from adults.  Lack of education, good health, proper nutrition and access to decent sanitation facilities among other things can have a long-term impact on children’s lives. Lack of better prospects in education affects a child’s access to income in adult life, which in turn translates into an intergenerational transmission of poverty. 


Delegates of a unique organisation inspired one another to make a difference in the lives of the poor and marginalised in Kigali on 22nd and 23rd October 2015. Delegates attending an inspirational conference organised by the Africa Platform for Social Protection (APSP) in collaboration with the Rwanda Civil Society Platform (RCSP), were united in their commitment to engage in ensuring the delivery of social protection across the continent. Forty (40) participants linking twenty two (22) countries across Africa were united in their view that the poor and vulnerable members of society lose most when the state fails to put in place adequate social protection measures for all.


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