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The East African : December 9th 2013
The EastAfrican 40 ADVERTISEMENT DECEMBER 7-13,2013 We, the representatives of twenty-one1 Africa and five2 (5) African Governments and two (2) Development Partners3 under the auspices of the Africa Platform for Social Protection (APSP), from 31st October to reflect and discuss on the theme “Grassroots Participation in Social Protection.” (21) National Social Protection Platforms from , convened ican 40 ADVERTISEMENT DECEMBER 7-13,2013 We, the representatives of twenty-one1 Africa and five2 (5) African Governments and two (2) Development Partners3 under the auspices of the Africa Platform for Social Protection (APSP), from 31st October to reflect and discuss on the theme “Grassroots Participation in Social Protection.” (21) National Social Protection Platforms from , convened Acknowledge Acknowledge that since the African Union (AU) Ouagadougou Summit of 2004, a number are implementing Social Protection initiatives, which are helping to address poverty continent; Cognisant of the fact that while countries in Africa are among the fastest growing poverty, food insecurity, man-made and natural disasters, the effects of HIV/AIDS and increase the vulnerability of many individuals; Recognise the pivotal role of grassroots participation in the promotion and roll-out of Social and programmes to alleviate poverty in Africa; Submit that governments, Civil Society Organisations (CSO’s), the private sector and partners in enhancing grassroots participation and should work together to: a. Enhance awareness and knowledge to stimulate demand for Social Protection contract; b. Advocate national Social Protection Policies and strategies (where they do not already exist); c. Ensure the participation of all the citizens in shaping the debate on Social Protection programme implementation, monitoring and evaluation to increase transparency and accountability; d. Develop and implement universal Social Protection schemes, to ensure that covered; e. Ensure that Social Protection interventions are nationally owned and contextualised ownership and sustainability where the grassroots are empowered to participate; f. Research and document evidence of what works and what does not work – and share widely; g. Advocate increased national budget allocation and corporate social sustainability of comprehensive Social Protection systems; h. Ensure that grassroots participation in Social Protection explicitly includes the vulnerable groups Harare, Zimbabwe, 1st 1 November, 2013 Organisations Represented (Footnotes) Mozambique, Niger, Nigeria, Rwanda, Senegal, South Sudan, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe 2 3 Irish Aid, Privacy International Burkina Faso, Cameroun, Republic of Congo, Democratic Republic of Congo, the Gambia, Ghana, Ireland, Kenya, Kingdom of Lesotho, Liberia, Malawi, Liberia, Niger, South Sudan, Uganda and Zimbabwe Aiming to RECRUIT THE BEST? ...advertise in the paper read by people from all spheres of life and cuts across diverse demographic groups.
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