SADC Programme Social Compact and Social Justice

Social Justice is a comprehensive, universal and normative standard for an inclusive, equitable and integrative society. To approach Social Justice, inequalities in the distribution of income, assets, opportunities for work and remunerated employment, access to knowledge, health services, social security and the provision of a safe environment as well as opportunities for civic and political participation have to be overcome. Therefore, equality of rights and opportunities and equity of living conditions for all individuals and households have to be provided. This should be a universal principle where the same standard applies to everyone. Social Protection, in this context, facilitates a multitude of factors that contribute to Social Justice.

"Social protection is about providing for those in society unable to provide for themselves, the poor, the incapacitated, the unemployed, those not supposed to work such as children and women during maternity. Social protection thus deals with life’s contingencies and provides a floor or safety net to keep people from falling into poverty." (FES Zambia, 2013)

"The notion of social security covers all measures providing benefits, whether in cash or in kind, to secure protection, inter alia, from:

  • lack of work-related income (or insufficient income) caused by sickness, disability, maternity, employment injury, unemployment, old age, or death of a family member;
  • lack of access or unaffordable access to health care;
  • insufficient family support, particularly for children and adult dependants;
  • general poverty and social exclusion." (ILO, Glossary)
Picture: Strategic Objective

The overall objective of the SADC region programme is to enhance rights-based social systems significantly through the promotion of minimum standards of social protection (ILO Recommendation 202) under consideration of gender and the informal character of most labour conditions.The programme is currently working to achieve the following:

1.       At least six countries in the SADC implementation the horizontal level of the social protection floors (ILO Rec 202),

2.       Poverty reduction and social assistance are institutionally linked in at least four countries in SADC,

3.       Two (2) regional civil society umbrella organisations and relevant civil society organisations or parties define and represent social protection as a contribution to social justice in freely accessible media in five SADC countries and

4.       A regional social protection body promotes social protection and discusses publicly regional and national politics in direct exchange between professional officials, scholars and socio-political actors. 

The Regional Programme aims to enhance social systems in the SADC Region through the promotion of minimum standards of social security under consideration of gender and the informal character of most labor conditions. The programme supports the Southern African Social Protection Experts Network, which provides a platform for specialists, scientists and civil society actors in order to discuss subjects concerning Social Protection. 



Some of the yearly activities of the SADC Region Programme include:


  • Capacity building of SASPEN structures namely; Board of Directors, Board of Trustees, Advisory Panel, SASPEN Website Management and technical support to SASPEN secretariat
  • International Annual SASPEN Conference
  • International Country Workshop
  • Lusaka Social Protection Colloquium in Zambia
  • Social Protection Lunch (informal meetings) in Zambia and,Support to Non-State Actors on Social Protection in region

Zambia Office 

5583 Great East Road
P.O. Box 30554

+260 211 295615/6
+260 211 293557



  • Thursday, 12.09.19 - Lusaka, Zambia | News, Event


    The LUSAKA SOCIAL PROTECTION COLLOQUIUM is a joint initiative of FES ( and SASPEN ( to bring internationally...

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  • Wednesday, 25.09.19 to Thursday, 26.09.19 - Lome, Togo | Event

    Workshop: Promoting informal workers’ member-based organizations participation in the development of social security systems for all workers.

    In 2018, FES Zambia under the RBSP in Africa Project, in cooperation with Women in Informal Employment: Globalizing and Organizing (WIEGO) worked with...

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  • Monday, 16.09.19 to Tuesday, 17.09.19 - Nairobi, Kenya | Event

    Workshop: Promoting rights based social protection in Kenya.

    FES Zambia and the Africa Platform for Social Protection are currently collaborating to promote the social protection rights in Africa, through the...

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  • Monday, 12.08.19 to Tuesday, 13.08.19 - Johannesburg, South Africa | Event, News

    Media Practitioners Training Workshop on Social Protection

    The Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung will be holding a regional workshop to enable media practitioners and journalists to report fairly and accurately about...

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  • Wednesday, 14.08.19 to Monday, 15.07.19 - Johannesburg, South Africa | Event, News

    2019 International Annual SASPEN Conference

    The Southern African Social Protection Experts Network (SASPEN) and Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung Zambia (FES)will organise the 2019 International SASPEN...

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