12 African Countries have teamed up with Brazil to adopt social protection policies to control high poverty levels and inequalities.
Countries such as Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Lesotho and Mauritius are seeking the best global solutions to address these challenges following the adoption of the new global Sustainable Development Goals to be actioned later this year.
The two day “International Seminar on Social Protection in Africa”, will serve as a platform for African countries to exchange experiences with Brazil and look at ways to finance social protection initiatives sustainably; such as school feeding and cash transfers to improve lives of vulnerably citizens. Brazil’s Bolsa Familia conditional cash transfer programme succeeding in lifting millions out of poverty by improving health care and education and significantly reducing levels of social inequality.
“We bear the moral responsibility to deploy policies and instruments which have proven effective in contributing to the fight against poverty, addressing vulnerabilities and building people’s resilience against future shocks,” said Ms Ruby Sandhu-Rojon Deputy Director for Africa at the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).
Sandhu-Rojon went on to say “Social protection measures anchored in human rights and sustainable social, economic and environmental development have the power to alleviate poverty, boost the resilience of the African middle-class, and drive the transformation of the continent.”
If put in place, investments in social protection, as part of a broader sustainable development agenda, would contribute to improving the lives of the additional 370 million people living below the USD 1.25 a day poverty line.
Source Rio Plus Centre