Zambia National Social Protection Week 2017

The International Labour Organisation (ILO) and its partners are organising the 2017 edition of the Zambia National Social Protection Week to build a culture of social protection through awareness raising initiatives.

Press release | Lusaka | 22 November 2017
LUSAKA (ILO News) – The second edition of the Zambia Social Protection Week supported by the ILO will be held under the theme “Inclusive Sustainable Social Protection: Leaving No One Behind” at the Government Complex in Lusaka, Zambia from Monday 27th November to Friday 1st December 2017.

The Social Protection Week is a public event, that brings together Government, Social Partners, Cooperating Partners, Civil Society Organizations, Social Security institutions, Academia, Faith Based Organizations, Parliamentarians, Media and most importantly the general public to be informed, discuss and contribute to the development of Social Protection in Zambia.

This public event is an interactive platform with a series of sessions organized throughout the week that address Social Protection and People Living with Disabilities, Social Health Insurance, Agriculture and its links to Social protection, among others. In addition, other side events will include a field visit in the community, exhibitions and cultural shows that will take place simultaneously. To participate in the social media conversation, use the hashtag #ZSPW2017.

Social Protection in Zambia

The Government of the Republic of Zambia has in recent years increased and strengthened its Social Protection response in order to tackle high levels of poverty and vulnerability in the country. Poverty and vulnerability are one of the key pillars that the Government aims to address in the implementation of the Seventh National Development Plan (7NDP, 2017-2021).
For this reason, the government through the Ministry of Community Development and Social Services and Ministry of Labour and Social Security with support from the ILO and other partners has convened the 2017 Social Protection Week to spur debates and create awareness on the implementation of Social Protection programmes in Zambia.