The Africa Platform for Social Protection (APSP), took part in a high-level consultative meeting held in Lusaka, Zambia, on September 11, 2023, to promote the ratification of the Protocol to the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights on the Rights of Citizens to Social Protection and Social Security.
The meeting was organized by the Civil Society for Poverty Reduction (CSPR) in collaboration with the APSP and the Ministry of Community Development and Social Services. This brought about key stakeholders from the Social Protection sector, emphasizing the importance of collaboration and partnerships in Zambia’s Social Protection systems.
The Document’s Purpose and COVID-19’s Influence.
The Protocol, which was adopted by the 54 AU member states aims to legally ensure citizens’ rights to Social Protection and Social Security. This will help AU member states in shaping their Social Protection policies. The COVID-19 pandemic speeded up its adoption, making it crucial for Zambia to focus on its ratification at the national level and collaborating with the government, to support its domestication to create responsive Social Protection systems for all Zambians; with the acknowledgment that around 65% of vulnerable populations are already receiving social protection services.