Nairobi, 10 – 11 March 2011

Joint European Commission and African Union Commission Capacity Building Workshop

Social protection in Africa – Sharing experience on the informal economy

Social protection for developing countries, too Described as the “missing piece” in the development puzzle, social protection is a much-needed instrument for inclusive growth and social development in the world’s poorer nations. This was the general consensus of delegates, including the European Report on Development’s (ERD) lead author Giorgia Giovannetti, attending a special workshop focusing on how workers in the large informal sector in Africa can gain access to social protection initiatives. An ERD reporter was also on hand at the Nairobi, Kenya workshop in March 2011, and filed the following report and podcasts.

Thursday 10 March 2011

08.00 – 09.00: Registration and welcome coffee

Welcome addresses
Kenyan official
EC representative
AUC representative

AU and EU Policy instruments on Social protection

European Report on Development 2010: Social protection for inclusive development

Questions and answers

10.45-11.00: Coffee/Tea Break

AUC-EC Joint Workshop on Employment, Decent work and Social protection Dakar, June 2010

Policies and Programmes of International Partners: ILO, UNICEF, WB, OECD, UNDP, FAO

Questions and answers

13.00-14.00: Lunch Break

Experience sharing: Some Country experiences
Kenya, Rwanda, Namibia, Senegal, Mozambique, South Africa, Ghana

16.00-16.15: Coffee/Tea Break

Experience sharing: Country experiences/NGOs, social partners and CSO, Informal economy self-help organizations

The AUC draft on Social Protection Plan for the Informal Economy and Rural Workers (SPIREWORK)

Friday 11 March 2011

Purpose of the day
EC representative
AUC representative

  • Day 2 will be divided in two breakout sessions/working groups that will discuss together the below mentioned topics:
  • Each session will be chaired by 1-2 designated actors and is expected to provide a 2-3 page outcome document by the end of day 2.
  • Participants for each session are invited to contribute with case studies/exchange of practices that will be presented in the afternoon.

Two parallel sessions on

  • Identifying and removing the obstacles to effective and sustainable social protection measures for the informal economy workers and members of their families
  • Resource Mobilization strategy in support to social protection in the informal economy

10.30-10.45: Coffee/Tea Break

12.30-14.00: Lunch

The outcome document of the parallel working groups/ Presentation by designated rapporteur from each working

15:30-16:00: Coffee/Tea Break

The way forward
Open discussion

Closing remarks
AUC representative
EC representative