Extending Social Protection in Portuguese-speaking Countries of Africa
The Ministry of Labour of Portugal has recently approved a new training project on strengthening capacity for extending social protection in Portuguese-speaking countries of Africa.
The project will be implemented by the Centre. It is linked to an ILO/STEP/Portugal project, which started at the beginning of 2009. The Centre’s project aims to assist in strengthening the capacity of those involved in the extension of social protection to excluded populations in their countries, be they governmental bodies or part of civil society. A steering committee will approve yearly action plans.
The project agreement was signed in Óbidos during the 9th meeting of the Labour and Social Affairs Ministers of the Community of Portuguese-speaking Countries (CPLP). The CPLP is the framework for cooperation among Portuguese-speaking countries of Africa (Angola, Cape Verde, Guinea-Bissau, Mozambique and São Tome and Principe) Brazil, Portugal and Timor-Leste. The ILO office in Lisbon is providing technical assistance.
Work has started on training material and the first training activities are being planned.