e-GCSPF #84 - March / April 2023

e-GCSPF #84 - March / April 2023

Video of the Webinar: “Be an expert universal social security advocate”

The video of the Webinar: “Be an expert universal social security advocate” is now online. The webinar was moderated by Lena Simet, Senior Researcher and Advocate, Human Rights Watch. Stephen Kidd, CEO, Development Pathways, and Holly Seglah, Social Protection Officer, Development Pathways were the speakers. Richard Obiga (Programme Officer, Social Protection Secretariat, Kenya) and David Tumwesigye (Global Advocacy Manager, Save the Children International) shared their comments and there was a rich discussion with the audience.
The webinar was co-organised by Development Pathways and Act Church of Sweden and the Global Coalition for Social Protection Floors (GCSPF) and was held on March 21st, 2023. Watch the video

GCSPF at the LDC5 Civil Society Forum

The side event “Progress through Social Protection - Current initiatives and financing at national and international level” took place on Monday, March 6th 2023 during the Civil Society Forum of the Fifth United Nations Conference on the Least Developed Countries (LDC5) that was held in Doha, Qatar.
Speakers at the event were Massimiliano La Marca (Senior Economist, International Labour Office - ILO), Elibariki Msengi (Christian Council of Tanzania), Martha Bekele (Development Initiatives, Ethiopia) and Ana Zeballos (GCSPF).
The event was co-organised by the Global Coalition for Social Protection Floors (GCSPF)Africa Platform for Social Protection (APSP)Development Initiatives, Christian Council of Tanzania, Act Church of Sweden and Brot für die WeltRead more

Discussion Paper “Should Global Public Investment finance social protection?”

The discussion paper “Should Global Public Investment (GPI) finance social protection?” proposes applying a new approach to international cooperation called ‘Global Public Investment’ to help design the proposed global fund for universal social protection. The proposed approach is applicable to this and other global social goods and global public goods.
The paper argues there is a solid case for contribution by all to a social protection global fund that strengthens ownership and commitment and ensures sustainable financing. As such, GPI offers a strong and appropriate alternative to the current mode of thinking about development cooperation.
This discussion paper is a collaboration between Martha Bekele (Development Initiatives), Jonathan Glennie (Global Nation) and Barry Herman (Social Justice in Global Development). Read more

Advocating for universal social security: how to win hearts and minds

Development Pathways and Act Church of Sweden have presented a new report, or rather a guide for advocators: Advocating for universal social security: how to win hearts and minds (pdf format).
The document builds on evidence presented in earlier research, and suggests how advocacy for universal social security can be carried out in the most effective way: the words and arguments to use and who to approach.  Read more

Did Mexico’s Seguro Popular Universal Health Coverage Programme Really Reduce Formal Jobs?

WIEGO worked with an outstanding group of Mexican economists and policy makers, Enrique Seira, Isaac Meza, Eduardo González-Pier and Eduardo Alcaraz Prous, who revisited the question: Did Mexico’s Seguro Popular universal health coverage programme really reduce formal jobs?
This study aims to contribute to a more nuanced conversation on whether or not social protection programmes generate informality. Another, probably more important question, is whether small incentives effects, if they do exist, matter at all when compared to the well-documented benefits of social protection for workers in informal employment, as well as the human right to social protection. Read the publication

ILO Development Partners Meeting: ITUC calls for stronger international financing of social protection

The ILO Development Partners Meeting, organised by the ILO, brings together governments, social partners, and major development donors, to look at progress made under the ILO’s Global Flagship Programme on Building Social Protection Floors for All, which provides technical assistance and financial support to countries for the development and extension of social protection systems.
At the opening, ITUC Deputy President Antonio Lisboa highlighted that extending social protection is a key priority for the labour movement, as more than half of the world’s population lacks any form of protection.
The global labour movement calls for greater international coordination in financing through: The establishment of a Global Social Protection Fund. A substantial increase in the share of overseas development aid allocated to social protection to at least 7% by 2030.  Assistance that goes beyond technical support to countries. In order to develop adequate, sustainable social protection systems in the long term, development partners must provide financial assistance to states themselves, as key actors for implementation and extension of national social protection systems. Read more


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Civil society organizations and trade unions unite to call for a Global Fund for Social Protection to protect the most vulnerable.

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SP&PFM Programme

The programme Improving Synergies Between Social Protection and Public Finance Management provided medium-term support to multiple countries aiming to strengthen their social protection systems at a national level and ensure sustainable financing. The programme aimed to support countries in their efforts towards achieving universal social protection coverage.
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