Africa, Brazil join forces to ensure the poor are not left behind

Apr 7, 2015


Despite accelerated economic growth over the past decade, high poverty levels and inequalities persist across Africa. As momentum builds towards the adoption of the new global Sustainable Development Goals later this year, African countries are seeking the best home-grown and global solutions to address these challenges.

Countries such as Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Lesotho and Mauritius, have adopted social protection policies and programmes, such as targeted school feeding and cash transfers, to improve the lives of their most vulnerable citizens. But more needs to be done, as only 20 percent of the continent’s poorest people have access to resources that could help them cope when shocks hit or provide opportunities to climb out of poverty.

Brazil has lifted millions of people out of poverty through targeted social protection programmes as part of a broader sustainable development agenda. In the context of South-South Cooperation, the International Seminar on Social Protection in Africa, brings together 14 African countries and Brazilian institutions to share experiences, and discuss ways to move the social protection agenda forward in Africa and how to fund it sustainably. The Seminar is organised in partnership with the African Union, the governments of Brazil and Senegal, the RIO+ World Centre for Sustainable Development and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).

What: International Seminar on Social Protection in Africa

When: 8-9 April, 2015

Where: King Fahd Palace Hotel, Dakar, Senegal

Who: Mr. Mahammed Boun Abdallah Dionne, Prime Minister of Senegal
Mr Mustapha Sidiki Kaloko, Commissioner for Social Affairs, African Union
Ms Ruby Sandhu-Rojon, Deputy Director, UNDP Regional Bureau for Africa
Mr Celso Marcondes, Africa Director, Instituto Lula, Brazil

Invited representatives from: Cabo Verde, Republic of Congo, Ethiopia, Ghana, Libya, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Mozambique, Niger, Senegal, Sudan, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

Contact information

Ngone Sow, Communications Analyst, UNDP Senegal, +221 33 859 67 10;

Johan Lodewyk Strijdom, Head of Social Welfare, African Union,

José Alberto Gonçalves Pereira, Communications Advisor, RIO+Centre, UNDP, Rio de Janeiro, Tel.: +55 21 3733 4133;

Sandra Macharia, UNDP Communications Advisor,

Follow the International Seminar on Social Protection in Africa on @UNDPAfrica and @PNUDSenegal

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