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Inclusive Social Protection Systems in sub-Saharan Africa: A regional experts meeting

 

 

MEETING OBJECTIVES

 

Over the past 15 years, many countries in sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) have achieved impressive economic growth. Nevertheless poverty reduction has been slow and high growth rates have not been matched by high job growth rates. Between now and 2030, 440 million young people will be entering the SSA labour market looking for jobs, while the majority of them will likely end up in the informal economy.

Evidence shows that adequate social protection promotes inclusive growth and increases productivity and employability. Yet the region is characterised by low levels of social protection and contributory social security coverage. National spending on social protection is usually below 2% of GDP. In recent years, following the adoption of the African Union Social Policy Framework (2008), several African countries have implemented social protection policies and strategies. Many of their peers are in the process of doing the same. Social protection is becoming increasingly prominent in national-long-term development strategies.

The overall aim of this meeting is to gather and share best practices and evidence on how to extend social protection systems, particularly in a context of high informality.

 

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AGENDA

 

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TUESDAY, 19 FEBRUARY

 

8:00 - 9:00 Registration
   
9:00 - 9:45 Opening
 

Ms Cissé Mariama Mohamed, Director, Department of Social Affairs, African Union Commission
Mr Ranieri Sabatucci, Ambassador, European Union Delegation to African Union
Mr Mario Pezzini, Director, OECD Development Centre

Master of Ceremonies: Mr Oumar Diop, Senior Policy Officer, Deparment of Social Affairs, African Union Commission

9:45 -  11:15 Session 1. Tackling Vulnerability in the Informal Economy
 

EU Social Protection Systems Programme (EU-SPS) Global Report on Informality
Mr Alexandre Kolev, Head of Social Cohesion Unit, OECD Development Centre

Zambia Informality and Poverty report
Ms Caroline Tassot, Economist, OECD Development Centre
Mr Barnaby Mulenga, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Labour and Social Security, Zambia

The African context: Social Protection Plan for the Informal Economy and Rural Workers (SPIREWORK)
Mr Oumar Diop, Senior Policy Officer, Deparment of Social Affairs, African Union Commission

Moderator: Mr Mario Pezzini, Director, OECD Development Centre

11:15 - 11:45 Coffee break
 

 

11:45 - 12:30 Session 2. Financing Social Protection Systems in Africa
 

EU-SPS Report on East Africa
Mr Alexandre Pick, Economist, OECD Development Centre

Financing social protection in Ethiopia and Namibia
Mr Tassew Woldehanna, Ethiopian Development Research Institute (EDRI), President of Addis Ababa University
Ms Esther Lusepani, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Poverty Eradication and Social Welfare, Namibia

Moderator: Xavier Coyer, Technical Expert, SOCIEUX+  

12:30 - 14:00

Lunch

 

 

14:00 - 15:00 Session 2. Financing Social Protection Systems in Africa (cont.)
  SOCIEUX Country cases: Zimbabwe and Malawi
Mr Stephen Banda, Director Policy and Planning, Ministry of Health and Child Care, Zimbabwe
Mr Arthur Ntandika, Workers Compensation Commissioner, Malawi
Mr Christian Bochmann, German Social Accident Insurance

Moderator: Mr Xavier Coyer, Technical Expert, SOCIEUX+

15:00 - 15:30 Coffee break
 

 

15:30 - 17:00 Session 3. Regional Integration for Improved Social Protection
 

Scene setting by African Union (Protocol and Social Agenda 2063)
Mr Lefhoko Kesamang, Senior Social Welfare Officer, Department of Social Affairs, African Union Commission

Extending social protection access and portability of benefits to migrant workers and their families in selected Regional Economic Communities (RECs) in Africa
Mr Andrew Allieu, Chief Technical Advisor, Social Protection Project, International Labour Organization

Roundtable on collaboration towards social protection
Ms Galina Karamalakova, Strategic Planning and Programming Officer, DG Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion, European Commission

Moderator: Ms Jane Marie Ong’olo, Head of the Social Welfare Division, African Union Commission

17:00 - 17:30

Summary of the day

 

EU-SPS

 

17:30 - 19:30 Cocktail

 

 

WEDNESDAY, 20 FEBRUARY

 

9:00 - 10:30 Introduction to the day & Session 1. Social Protection and vulnerable groups
 
Social Protection for vulnerable girls within the context of the African Union Campaign on Ending Child Marriage in Africa
Ms Nena Thundu, Policy Officer, Social Affairs Department, African Union Commission
 
African inputs into global norm setting on Social Protection at the UN Commissions for Social Development and Status of Women
Ms Fatmata Sesay, Policy Adviser, UNWomen Nairobi

Social protection systems in fragile/ forced displacement contexts
Mr Calum McLean, Global Food Security Thematic Coordinator, DG ECHO, European Commission
Ms Sigrid Kuehlke, Technical Assistant, DG ECHO, European Commission

Moderator: Ms Jane Marie Ong’olo, Head of the Social Welfare Division, African Union Commission
10:30 - 11:00 Coffee break
   
11:00 - 12:30 Session 2. Ensuring sustainability of social protection systems through capacity building
 
Social Protection Curriculum Development at African Universities
Mr Arthur Ngasani, Head of the Department of Social Protection Institute of Finance Management, Tanzania

TRANSFORM: Leadership and Transformation Learning Package on building and Managing Social Protection Floors in Africa
Ms Mwenya Kapasa, National Project Coordinador, International Labour Organization, Zambia

SOCIEUX+ experience: Togo and Gabon
Mr Arnaud De La Seigliere, Regional Health Agency France
Mr Komigan Adogli, Technical Advisor, National Institute of Health Insurance, Togo
Ms Huguette Moussodou, Public Relations Director, Pensions and Family Benefits Fund of State Agents, Gabon

Decent Work for the Transformation of the Informal Economy: Capacity Building Strategy (AUC and African Capacity Building Foundation)
Mr Oumar Diop, Senior Policy Officer, Department of Social Affairs, African Union Commission

Moderator: Markku Malkamäki, Social Policy Expert, National Institute for Health and Welfare, Finland
12:30 - 14:00 Lunch
   
14:00 - 15:30 Session 3. Managing data and information for social protection
 
Introduction on Integrated Information System for Social Protection
Mr Richard Chirchir, Senior MIS Specialist, Development Pathways, United Kingdom

ZUSP – IT for Universal Pension Scheme in Zanzibar
Mr Jose Ladislao Peiro Lopez, International Expert, Socieux
 
Open source solution for managing Community Health Funds in Tanzania
Mr Silvery Mgonza, National Health Insurance Fund , Tanzania

UBR Malawi: Social Registry for better management for social protection
Ms Suzgo Luhanga, Chief Economist- Poverty Reduction and Social Protection

Database for Social Protection
Mr Frederic Ntimarubusa, Secretary-General, East and Central Africa Social Security Association

Moderator: Mr Richard Chirchir, Senior MIS Specialist, Development Pathways, United Kingdom 
15:30 - 16:00 Coffee break
   
16:00 - 17:30 Session 4. Social Protection Toolkit
 
Social protection systems review (SPSR)
Mr Alexander Pick, Economist, OECD Development Centre

ISPA tools: Togo SPPOT, Tanzania Public Works
Ms Caroline Tassot, Economist, OECD Development Centre
Mr Dampu Ndenzajo, National Programme Coordinator- Social Protection, International Labour Organization, Tanzania
Mr Barnabas Jachi, Chief Engineer, Tanzania Social Action Fund

SPaN Guidance Package
Ms Françoise Millecam,  Head of Sector Employment and Social Inclusion, DEVCO B3, European Commission
Ms Sigrid Kuehlke, Technical Assistant, DG ECHO, European Commission

Moderator: Mr Alexandre Kolev, Head of Social Cohesion Unit, OECD Development Centre 
17:30 - 18:00 Towards Universal Social Protection
 
About the USP2030 initiative
Markku Malkamäki, Social Policy Expert, National Institute for Health and Welfare, Finland

Concluding remarks
Ms Cissé Mariama Mohamed, Director, Department of Social Affairs, African Union Commission
Ms Françoise Millecam,  Head of Sector Employment and Social Inclusion, DEVCO B3, European Commission

 


VENUE

 

Small Conference Room Number 3 and 4

AU Conference Hall

Africa Union Commission (AUC): Roosvelt Street (Old Airport Area) | W21K19 | Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

 

 

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For any question please contact Caroline.TASSOT@oecd.org

 


 

This meeting t is jointly organised by the African Union Commission (AUC), the European Union (EU) delegation to the AU, the EU-Social Protection Systems Initiative and SOCIEUX+

 

   
   

 

 

 

 

 

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