e-GCSPF Newsletter #91 - September 2023

e-GCSPF #91 - September 2023

South African court challenge to unfair exclusion of millions from the Social Relief of Distress grant

In July 2023, the Institute for Economic Justice (IEJ) and #PayTheGrants (#PTG), through their lawyers at the Socio-Economic Rights Institute (SERI), filed court papers challenging regulations that unlawfully and unconstitutionally exclude millions of people living in poverty in South Africa from receiving the Social Relief of Distress (SRD) grant. The papers filed in the North Gauteng High Court include 79 supporting affidavits from people directly impacted by these regulations. The respondents named in the case are the Minister for Social Development, and the South African Social Security Agency (SASSA). Read more

Invitation: Convergence Space - Integrated Approaches to socio-economic justice

Extending social protection coverage is recognized as a priority in a number of ASEAN Declarations, however, public expenditure on social protection is low in the many ASEAN Member States, considerably below the average level in the Asia-Pacific region. ASEAN also remains state-centric and lacks resonance with the region’s citizens. A bigger issue is how non-state actors can carve bigger space and effect these policies more substantively.
You are invited to join ACSC/APF2023 CS5 Workshops on 1 and 2 September 2023 via face to face at the Atma Jaya University, Jakarta and through Zoom. For online participants, register here

Global People’s Assembly 2023

The Global People’s Assembly (GPA) 2023 will be on 17 (Sunday) and 18 September (Monday) in New York – at the UN SDG Summit and the UN General Assembly. The GPA brings people’s representatives together and creates a strong voice at the SDG Summit for the midpoint of Agenda 2030. The assembly will be in-person in the Church Centre of the UN. Participants can also join online. Register hereRead more

“Social Justice: Social Protection and Health, People’s Vaccine”

The hybrid session “Social Justice: Social Protection and Health, People’s Vaccine” coorganized by GCSPF, GCAP Asia, GCAP Africa, PVA and Africa Japan Forum will be held during the GPA 2023 on 17th September at the UN Church Centre from 11.15 am to 12.45 pm New York time. Register here Read more

A trade union guide on the African Union Protocol on Social Protection

This guide, published by ITUC and ITUC Africa, provides an analysis of the Protocol on Social Protection and Social Security, developed by the African Union Commission and the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights (ACHPR), with the support of ITUC Africa and other civil society actors. It also contains information on various strategies that trade unions, in collaboration with other CSOs, can employ to support the ratification process. The guide is available in English and FrenchRead more

A Global Fund for Social Protection: Lessons from the diverse experiences of global health, agriculture and climate funds

The idea of a global fund for social protection has taken hold over the last decade as a potential solution to structural gaps in the global financial and development architectures.
Based on a study produced by a team of researchers, led by Professor Nicola Yeates at the Open University in the UK, and published by the ILO, this webinar aims to present experiences of setting up global funds across the health, climate and agriculture sectors and the lessons to be learnt from them that can guide further thinking about the implementation of a prospective global fund for social protection.
Webinar 26 October, 2023 - 14:00 - GMT+2 / CEST Read more

Jordan: Experts Call for Developing Insurance Mechanisms to Include Informal Workers in Social Security

Experts unanimously emphasized the necessity of developing effective and sustainable insurance tools to include informal workers in Jordan’s social protection system, allowing them to benefit from the coverage provided by the Social Security Corporation.
This consensus emerged during a dialogue session held by Phenix Center for Economic and Informatics Studies in collaboration with the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung (FES) on Tuesday 15 August 2023. Read more

UN: Social protection systems essential to building equitable economies

In the study "Inequality, social protection and the right to development" (A/HRC/54/83), the Expert Mechanism on the Right to Development examines inequality within and among States through the framework of the right to development. It considers the political economy of development and explores capacities to enhance universal and comprehensive social protection systems.
In assessing inequality-reduction policies and social protection systems, the Expert Mechanism identifies global good practices and practices that are exclusionary or restrictive. It places social protection systems within the context of State obligations, international cooperation and global partnerships, as outlined in the Declaration on the Right to Development, and the new social contract, as outlined in the Secretary-General’s report entitled “Our Common Agenda”.
To conclude, the Expert Mechanism offers recommendations to States and other stakeholders to address deepening inequalities within and among States by establishing universal social protection systems as a fundamental human right understood through the principle of equality of opportunity for development. Read more

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Civil Society Call for a Global Fund for Social Protection

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

Social Security for All

Civil society organizations and trade unions call governments and international financial institutions to make a commitment to create social security systems that enable everyone to realize their rights. Governments and financial institutions should end policies that have been failing millions of people.

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.
This initiative was implemented jointly by the ILO, Unicef, and the GCSPF.

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