MEDIA ADVISORY: Africa, Brazil join forces to ensure the poor are not left behind

Despite accelerated economic growth over the past decade, high poverty levels and inequalities persist across Africa. As momentum builds towards the adoption of the new global Sustainable Development Goals later this year, African countries are seeking the best home-grown and global solutions to address these challenges.

Countries such as Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Lesotho and Mauritius, have adopted social protection policies and programmes, such as targeted school feeding and cash transfers, to improve the lives of their most vulnerable citizens. But more needs to be done, as only 20 percent of the continent’s poorest people have access to resources that could help them cope when shocks hit or provide opportunities to climb out of poverty.

Brazil has lifted millions of people out of poverty through targeted social protection programmes as part of a broader sustainable development agenda. In the context of South-South Cooperation, the International Seminar on Social Protection in Africa, brings together 12 African countries and Brazilian institutions to share experiences, and discuss ways to move the social protection agenda forward in Africa and how to fund it sustainably. The Seminar is organised in partnership with the African Union, the governments of Brazil and Senegal, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) through its World Centre for Sustainable Development (RIO+ Centre) and the Regional Bureau for Africa, and the Lula Institute and will be hosted by the government of Senegal.

What: International Seminar on Social Protection in Africa
When: 8-9 April, 2015
Where: King Fahd Palace Hotel, Dakar, Senegal
Mr Mustapha Sidiki Kaloko, Commissioner for Social Affairs, African Union
Ms Ruby Sandhu-Rojon, Deputy Director, UNDP Regional Bureau for Africa
Mr Celso Marcondes, Africa Director, Instituto Lula, Brazil

Invited representatives from: Cabo Verde, Republic of Congo, Ethiopia, Ghana, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Mozambique, Niger, Senegal, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

To keep up with the seminar, access the following links:

Live webcast:
Twitter: @RioPlusCentre, @UNDPAfrica, @UNDP_RSCA, @PNUDSenegal and @CGFome

For more information or media interviews, please contact:

Ngone Sow, Communications Analyst, UNDP Senegal, +221 33 859 67 10;

Johan Lodewyk Strijdom, Head of Social Welfare, African Union;

José Alberto Gonçalves Pereira, Communications Advisor, RIO+Centre, UNDP, Rio de Janeiro, +55 21 3733 4133, +55 21 99114-1154 (mobile);

Sandra Macharia, UNDP Communications Advisor,

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