LAUNCH OF THE REGIONAL STRATEGY FOR ACCELERATING SOCIAL PROTECTION COVERAGE IN AFRICA
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On 16th and 17th of November 2021, in accordance with the UN Secretary-General’s Common Agenda Report, the International Labour Organization convened a two-day high-level event on Social Protection Coverage in Africa in partnership with the International Training Centre of the ILO. The conference unfolded around a number of inspirational speeches, panel discussions and breakout sessions introduced at the highest-level by Her Excellency Amina J. Mohammed, Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations, Dr. Vera Songwe, United Nations Under-Secretary-General and Executive Secretary of the Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) and Mr. Guy Ryder, Director-General of the International Labour Organization.
Despite the importance given to social protection policies, social protection coverage remains limited in the Continent.
Most recent ILO estimates show that Africa has the lowest social protection coverage in the world: 17% of the total population compared with the global average of 47%.
COVID-19 response measures, mostly provided through social assistance, had limited impact on workers in the informal economy, who are the most affected by the pandemic.
The crisis, however, presents an opportunity to build back better and to accelerate social protection coverage across the continent.
In light of the above, the ILO Regional Office for Africa has developed a Regional Strategy to support constituents’ initiatives aimed towards universal social protection at the national level.
The Strategy is aligned with the UN Secretary-General’s Common Agenda Report - especially the renewed social contract between governments and their people and within societies that includes a new era of universal social protection.
The launch of this regional strategy and its implementation programme coincide with the release, in September 2021, of the Africa Social Protection Companion Report of the World Social Protection Report 2020-2022.
The online meeting, organized by the ILO in close collaboration with the African Union Commission, was structured over two days:
Day 1 (duration: 2 hours)
Day 2 (duration: 3 hours)
This continental strategic meeting brouth together high-level officials from the following institutions:
Presentation by Shahra Razavi, Director, Social Protection Department, ILO
Presentation by Cynthia Samuel-Olonjuwon, Assistant Director General - Regional Director for Africa
Presentation by Valerie Schmitt, Deputy Director, ILO Department of Social Protection
Presentation by Brenton Van Vrede, Chief Director, Department of Social Development, South Africa
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