The results of the Basic Income Grant (BIG) pilot project in Namibia in particular, have shown that unconditional, social grants not only reduce poverty and inequality significantly but also paves way for sustainable socio-economic activities and for meaningful grassroots empowerment. Given the natural resources available in the region, such grants are not only promising, but also viable and affordable. According to the Studies for Poverty and Inequalities Institute (SPII). The Basic Income Grant (BIG) is not a panacea but is an essential measure in addressing poverty as an immediate intervention to tackle poverty and to free millions of people in the southern African region from its debilitating and dehumanizing effects, the introduction of an unconditional basic income grant is an appropriate and essential measure to adopt and implement. The experiences with social grants in Malawi, South Africa, Namibia and the social cash transfer in Zambia have shown the importance of social protection programmes to tackle poverty, inequalities and women empowerment. The Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung Zambia (FES) and the Southern African Social Protection Experts Network (SASPEN) will be organizing the 1st Quarter 2019 Lusaka Social Protection Colloquium. The quarterly LUSAKA SOCIAL PROTECTION COLLOQUIUM is a joint initiative of Southern African Social Protection Network (SASPEN) and Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (FES) to bring internationally renowned social protection experts to Zambia to address the interested public experts, policy makers and stakeholders on topical issues of public interest.