GCSPF e-Newsletter #102 | April 2024 Edition

e-GCSPF #102 - April 2024

Invitation: Join the webinar on the UN Global Accelerator

The Working Group on Financing Social Protection of the GCSPF and the INSP!R network are inviting you to participate in a webinar to discuss the UN Global Accelerator on Jobs and Social Protection for Just Transitions. This webinar will take place on Friday, April 26th at 1 pm UTC. Read more

World Bank and IMF Executive Directors: Support States to Realize the Human Right to Social Security

Human rights, faith-based, and economic justice organizations wrote to the World Bank and IMF Executive Directors to express concerns that the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the World Bank Group (WBG) are failing to support states to realize the human right to social security for all.
The letters were sent in the framework of the Spring Meetings of the Boards of Governors of the IMF and the WBG that are taking place from April 15 to 20, 2024, in Washington DC. Read more

The GCSPF at the UNECE Regional Forum 2024

Ms. Sylvia Beales Gelber and Ms. Odile Frank, both members of the Global Coalition for Social Protection Floors (GCSPF), participated at the 2024 UNECE Regional Forum on Sustainable Development. Read more

South Africa | IEJ and #PTG file replying affidavit in SRD grant court case

Statement on the court case in South Africa around the Social Relief of Distress Grant
The Institute for Economic Justice (IEJ) and #PayTheGrants (#PTG) filed their replying affidavit in the Social Relief of Distress (SRD) grant court case. The legal action is an attempt to rectify the unfair and irrational systems of administration for the SRD grant, which have served to exclude up to 50% of the people (around 8 million) who are living in food poverty with no other access to social assistance, and who should qualify for the SRD. Read more

South Africa: Watch the video "A basic income for all"

Watch the new animated video released by the Institute for Economic Justice (IEJ), that shows how a basic income grant will give ordinary South Africans the power to improve their lives. The video shows the positive impacts of a basic income on three previously struggling South Africans and their communities.

Advancing Gender Equality through Social Protection in an Ageing World

Social protection programmes have the potential to create lasting improvements in older women’s lives, contributing to a fairer and more inclusive world.
This is the main finding from the policy report ‘Advancing Gender Equality through Social Protection in an Ageing World’ by HelpAge International, which offers suggestions on how to move towards social protection programmes that, when correctly applied, can be transformative. Read more

TED talk on Social Protection

Last April Ashif Shaikh (from People’s Courage International, PCI) gave a TED talk to highlight the role of social protection to build resilience for the internal migrants and informal workers more broadly – to domestic economies and the need to ensure adequate safety nets for them and how climate change is increasing migration and vulnerability.
In the talk, Ashif Shaikh shared the idea behind MRC, the mission, and how we aim to work with government, industry, and civil society to support those who build our world. Watch the talk or listen to the audio version on this Spotify link.

2024 SASPEN International Annual Conference

The 2024 International Annual SASPEN Conference themed "Community-Based Social Protection: Inclusion, Challenges, and Prospects" will be held in Polokwane, Limpopo, South Africa from 20 to 22 November 2024.
SASPEN invites abstract submissions and the deadline is 16 June 2024. Read more

Welcome to our new members COL'OR – Camminiamo Oltre L'ORizzonte

COL'OR – Camminiamo Oltre L'ORizzonte (Walking Beyond the Horizon) -- is an Italian NGO founded in 2002 which aims to support comprehensive human development through international cooperation projects, fully respecting the beneficiaries’ needs and sensitivity, as well as the sustainability of the ecosystems in which it operates. The organization promotes fair and multidimensional development through inclusive and innovative projects strengthening social protection systems and social safety nets in the countries of intervention.
Contact information: Lisa Grandi Read more

People’s Courage International (PCI)

PCI is a USA-based not-for-profit organization. PCI works across South and South East Asia for: Safe migration and worker protection, Prevention of violence against women and children, Building resilience in the not-for-profit organizations in the region.
PCI is working on the extension of social protection to informal economy workers and migrant workers in India, Nepal, Bangladesh, the Philippines and Indonesia.
Contact information: Ashif Shaikh Read more

Make Mothers Matter (MMM)

MMM is an international NGO which was created in 1947 at the UNESCO in Paris. MMM was among the first INGO accredited to the UN in 1949 and they have General Consultative Status with the UN ECOSOC. MMM is also active at the ILO, participating every year in the International Labour Conference, and MMM was invited to join the Global Coalition on Social Justice.
MMM Mission is to make mothers’ voices heard at the international level, to defend and advance their rights, and empower them. Based on their lived-experience, MMM raises awareness among decision-makers of the educational, social, economic and cultural impact of mothers, as well as the injustices they suffer. MMM aim is to change society's view and influence laws, policies and practices in their favour, so that they are fully recognised and supported in their various roles.
Contact information: Valerie Bichelmeier 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 during COVID-19 and beyond.

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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.
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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.

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

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