Organizations: Africa Platform for Social Protection (APSP) and Save the Children International

Title: Child Sensitive Social Protection
20 March 2018
Time: 3.30pm - 5.30pm
Room: Mara
Capacity: 100pax


The Africa Platform for Social protection (APSP) and Save the Children East & Southern Africa Regional Office (ESARO) are keen to promote Child Sensitive Social Protection (CSSP) programming in the East and Southern African region. This emerged from the realization that although there is an increase in social protection programmes across the region, most of the programmes are not properly designed to respond to the unique vulnerabilities of children. Even with increasing programmes and national budgets on social protection, many policies and programmes remain unresponsive to the needs of children. There is an emerging recognition that beyond income poverty, a much larger proportion of children are faced by multidimensional poverty, i.e., affected by more than one type of deprivation relating to education, health, shelter, water and sanitation, hence the need to enhance positive outcomes for children in social protection, through Child Sensitive Social protection (CSSP). Making social protection more child-sensitive has the potential to benefit not only children, but also their families, communities and national development as a whole. APSP and Save the Children International have recently concluded a study on Child poverty and Deprivation in 10 countries in East and Southern Africa. The study provides recommendations for actors in the social protection, child rights and social services sectors on the existing opportunities for promoting child sensitive social protection. The side event is one forum for dissemination of the findings of the study as well as discuss the recommendations of the study.

Organizations: Help Age

Title: Global Perspectives and Trends on Social Pensions: HelpAge’s Experience
20 March 2018
Time: 3.30pm - 5.30pm
Room: Nzoia
Capacity: 50pax


HelpAge’s Side Event will present a global perspective on Social Pensions. It will be a platform for sharing a global perspective, trends and developments on social pensions as HelpAge has been on the forefront advocating for universal social pension at the global level, including Kenya. This side event will give the findings from our global work and research on pensions from Moldova to Philippines and Myanmar, from Zanzibar to Malawi and South Africa, the Senior Citizens Grant in Uganda and now Kenya’s universal scheme. In collaboration with the Social Assistance Unit (SAU) , we will a share top level descriptive analysis of the findings from the first phase of the quantitative data emanating from the on-going InuaJamii70&Above Cash Transfer Programme baseline study.

The study is a collaborative effort by WFP, UNICEF, ILO, the World Bank, Development Pathways, HelpAge International and the State Department of Social Protection.

The session will not only summarize the need for progressive adoption of universal approaches to social assistance but also contextualize the centrality of pensions as one of the contributing factors in poverty reduction strategies across the globe.

There will also be at least 2 Older Persons to give their experiences of ageing from a social protection perspective.

Organizations: Africa Population Health Research Centre (APHRC)

Title: Preliminary Results of the Quantitative findings on the Social Pensions: The Case of Inua Jamii 70 & Above Cash Transfer Programme
21 March 2018
4:00 - 6:00pm



Emerging findings from a DfID-ESRC funded research project on:

‘Impacts of social pensions on multiple dimensions of poverty, subjective well-being and solidarity across generations’ 

Convened by: African Population and Health Research Center (APHRC) and University of Southampton, UK


A growing number of sub-Saharan African (SSA) countries are expanding or initiating new social protection (SP) coverage for older adults. The trend reflects commitments made to the Agenda 2030 for sustainable development and a mounting recognition of the role of SP as a driver of inclusive development and of the universal right to such protection.
Within this context, efforts to take stock of- and learn from the operation and impacts of existing old age social protection measures -- across rural and urban contexts -- are critically important for informing both (i) the further refinement of extant programming and (ii) the design of the ‘next generation’ of schemes.
Learning lessons may be particularly vital for addressing present fault lines in the debate on how formal social protection -- for older people or other groups – can and ought to be approached. Such fault lines include divergent positions on the need for universal, life cycle-based social protection floors, as opposed to more narrowly targeted safety nets for the poorest. They also include enduring debates, in SSA, about the evolving role of ‘informal, especially family-based social protection systems and their interaction with formal schemes.

Side Event Aims and Structure

The aim of this side event is to contribute to the body of learning from existing old age social protection schemes. To this end, it will present --and offer a forum for discussion on—evidence and voices emerging from DFID-ESRC funded research on the targeting, reallocation and impacts of Kenya’s OPCTP in two urban slums in Nairobi.
Two presentations of complementary quantitative and qualitative evidence, and subsequent reflections by expert discussants will, respectively, consider:

  1. Targeting of Kenya’s OPCTP: Who benefits in the Nairobi slums?
  2. Reallocation of OPCT benefits: patterns and drivers of sharing by older beneficiaries in Nairobi slums

The presentations will be followed by the voice of an OPCTP beneficiary from Viwandani, Nairobi, who will share perspectives and experiences on (i) the meaning and adequacy of the stipends received, (ii) beneficiaries’ communication with government and (iii) the new Inua Jamii 70+ approach.

An open, moderated discussion on the relevance and wider implications of the perspectives raised, the lessons to be distilled from them and potential avenues for further developing the learning will conclude the session.

Refreshments will be served

Speakers: Researchers from APHRC and University of Southampton (UK)
Discussants: TBC

Organizations: International Labor Organisation (ILO) Ministry Labour & Social Protection, Kenya, FES, Socieux EU Program

Title: Social Insurance
21 March 2018
3.30pm - 5.30pm


Show of a video on access to quality social security services in Kenya. And discussion. The Kenya social protection policy determined ambitious targets in terms of progress toward comprehensive social security coverage aligned with C. 102. Despite the intentions, there persist important gaps. How to make progress in light of international and regional experiences? What good practices can Kenya rely on?

Organizations: United Nations international Children's Emergency Fund (UNICEF)

Title: Cash Plus and Beyond
21 March 2018
3.30pm - 5.30pm
Main Auditorium

Session Brief 

The broad-ranging benefits of cash transfers are now widely recognized. However, the evidence base highlights that they often fall short in achieving longer-term and second-order impacts related to nutrition, learning outcomes and morbidity. In recognition of these limitations, several ‘cash plus’ initiatives have been introduced, whereby cash transfers are combined with one or more types of complementary support. This session aims to identify key factors for successful implementation of these increasingly popular ‘cash plus’ programmes, based on (i) a review of the emerging evidence base of ‘cash plus’ interventions and (ii) an examination of various case studies, namely IN-SCT in Ethiopia, LEAP in Ghana and PSSN in Tanzania. The case studies will showcase how the effective implementation of ‘cash plus’ components can contribute to greater impacts of the respective programmes by addressing some of the non-financial and structural barriers that poor people face and have reinforced the positive effects of cash transfer programmes. The session will also provide considerations, challenges and lessons learned for policy makers and development partners when designing such programmes.


  • Create awareness of existing cash plus and beyond cash models
  • Participants have increased knowledge of the state of evidence on cash, cash plus and beyond cash models, what works and what doesn’t
  • Identify knowledge and evidence gaps in the area of cash plus and beyond
  • De-bunking the myths around Cash and Cash plus models

Draft Agenda:

Moderator: Lisa Hjelm, Social Policy Officer UNICEF East and South Africa Regional office

  • Framing presentation: “How to make cash plus work”: General overview of cash plus and existing Models. (15 min)
    Presenter: Pamela Dale, Social Projection Specialist UNICEF East and South Africa Regional office

  • Case Study 1: Cash plus under the Productive Social Safety Net (PSSN) in Tanzania (linkages with livelihood opportunities for adolescents) (15 min)
    Presenter: Rikke Le Kirkegaard, HIV Officer UNICEF Tanzania.

  • Case Study 2: Improved Nutrition through Integrated Basic Social Services with Social Cash Transfer (IN-SCT) (15 min)
    Presenter: Lisa Marie Ouedraogo, Social Protection Specialist, UNICEF Ethiopia

  • Case Study 3: Livelihood Empowerment Against Poverty (LEAP) in Ghana
    Presenter: Government of Ghana (TBC) (15 min)

  • Discussant: Mr. John Gachigi, Deputy Head Social Protection Secretariat, Ministry of Labour and Social Protection, Kenya (15 min)

  • Question and Answers from the participants (45 min)

Expected number of participants: 50-80

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