The Zambia Social Protection Week - #ZSPW2018

Lusaka (ILO) news - The Government of the Republic of Zambia in collaboration with the United Nations in Zambia is, for the third time, hosting the Zambia Social Protection Week (ZSPW) under the theme “Decentralisation and Innovation”

Press release | Lusaka | 18 June 2018
The Social Protection Week was officially launched on Sunday 17th June 2018 on ZNBC Television by the Honourable Minister of Community Development and Social Services, Mrs. Emerine Kabanshi, (MP). The event was further publicised during a Media Breakfast meeting at Radisson Blu Hotel on Monday 18th June 2018. An outreach activity is scheduled for Tuesday, 19th June, 2018 in Chazanga compound dubbed “Know Before You Go” which is a campaign to raise awareness on human trafficking and safe migration with an emphasis on ensuring that communities are well equipped with information to prevent trafficking. Public discussions and debates will commence on Wednesday 20th to Friday 22nd June 2018 at Mulungushi International Conference Centre.

The programme for the week will cover a wide range of topics, such as the National and International legal frameworks for Social Protection; the role of social protection in nutrition promotion; Home-Grown School Meals; extension of coverage to the informal economy; Integration/cash-plus in practice; Social Protection for the aged; The role of National Health Insurance in achieving the Universal Health Coverage; Linking social protection and agriculture; Towards a Shock-Responsive Social Protection System in Zambia; the changing face of Human Trafficking and mixed migration; supporting women livelihoods; social protection and the disability inclusion agenda; Child sensitive social protection. Sessions will include presentations, debates and open discussions. The debates and discussions will centre around issues of decentralisation and innovation, among others, that help to enhance an effective and efficient social protection delivery system in Zambia. Other events will include exhibitions of various Social Protection information materials and cultural shows.

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).

In order to achieve this, the Government through the Ministry of Community Development and Social Services, other line ministries and stakeholders have been implementing several social protection interventions, providing both contributory and non-contributory transfers. Against this background, ZSPW is an annual event open to the public and brings together a wide range of stakeholders including Government, Civil Society Organizations, Academia, Faith Based Organizations, Social Partners, Cooperating Partners, Private Sector, Beneficiaries, Media and most importantly the general public. ZSPW serves as a platform to foster and shape the public debate around social protection, where all participants will have the opportunity to make their voices heard and contribute to the course of development of Social Protection in Zambia.

To further spur the public debate discussions on Social Media, the event will be held under the hashtag: #ZSPW2018 on all social media platforms. For latest information on the ZSPW, kindly like Social Protection in Zambia page on: