The Africa Platform for Social Protection (APSP)
Promoting and strengthening the social contract between the states and its citizens.
We are a pan African network of organizations operating at grassroots, national and regional levels, with a commitment to promote active engagement of National Platforms in the shaping of Social Protection policies, programs, and practices in Africa. We are a Pan Africa NGO that works with governments, the private sector, development agencies, research institutions and grassroots communities in Africa
SOCIAL PROTECTION DEFINITION
Social protection refers to public and private, or to mixed public and private measures designed to protect individuals against life-cycle crises that curtail their capacity to meet their needs. Social protection is broader than social security. It encompasses social security and social services, as well as developmental social welfare.
Social protection is defined as: policies and actions, including legislative measures, that enhance the capacity of and opportunities for the poor and vulnerable to improve and sustain their lives, livelihoods, and welfare, that enable income-earners and their dependants to maintain a reasonable level of income through decent work, and that ensure access to affordable healthcare, social security, and social assistance.
Social protection includes responses by the state and society to protect citizens from risks, vulnerabilities, and deprivations. It also includes strategies and programs aimed at ensuring a minimum standard of livelihood for all people in a given country. This entails measures to secure education and health care, social welfare, livelihood, access to stable income, as well as employment. In effect, social protection measures are comprehensive and are not limited to traditional measures of social security.