The Southern African Social Protection Experts Network (SASPEN) and Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung Zambia (FES) have the pleasure to convene the 2019 International SASPEN Annual Conference in Johannesburg, South Africa from 14-15 August 2019. The international annual conference is held every year under different themes relating to social protection in the region. Over the years the conference has emerged as a recognized platform in the Southern African region that brings together experts in Social protection. This year’s conference will be the 7th international annual conference, and this year’s theme focus will be Social Protection and Climate Change. The SASPEN (Southern African Social Protection Expects Network) is a not-for-profit loose alliance of stakeholders, scholars and consultants who engage with social protection in the Southern African Development Community (SADC) region. It promotes the fostering, expansion and improvement of social protection in the SADC and engages in dissemination and sensitisation, providing platforms for exchange regarding social protection programmes, frameworks, research and consultancies and by creating structures to link participants with each other and to relevant institutions.