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1 Social Protection in Uganda
Beatrice Okillan Policy and Learning Manager, Social Protection Secretariat Ministry of Gender, Labour and Social Development

2 Uganda Poverty Context: 2011
24.5% - more than 7 million people - living below poverty line Significant numbers living in chronic poverty 20% of children are underweight Inequality increasing – current Gini of 0.42 Resource constraints identified as limiting access to health & education services Consistent growth – stronger base for financing SP

3 Social Protection Context
Refer to IUPE and Health Care – free in principle NSSF and Public Service Pension - covered 700,000 families 95% of active labour force excluded from formal social protection No minimum wage – labour unions weak and fragmented Fragmented provision of social protection No clear institutional leadership on SP and no overarching policy, planning or legal framework Limited donor engagement in SP

4 Policy Initiation Recognition of chronic poverty & limitations of existing livelihoods and emergency cash / food for work policies; MGLSD concept paper in 2005 SP Task Force led the development of SP policy International cross-GoU capacity building on social protection; DFID supported design for cash transfer pilot 2007 MoFPED view– sustainability & affordability?

5 Policy Process: Drivers 2008-2010
2008 Kampala conference raised awareness of international interest and African experience of SP 2008, Uganda signed up to the AU’s Social Policy Framework -commitment to invest in social protection 2009 DFID funded redesign of social protection programme with MoFPED endorsement 2010 Social Protection well represented in the 5 year National Development Plan Select Committee established leading to ....Cabinet full endorsement and approval June 2010

6 ESP Overview Housed within the MGLSD Around $60 million / 5 years
Purpose: to embed a national social protection system that benefits the poorest as a core element of Uganda’s national policy, planning and budgeting processes. Parallel processes of: Policy development Pilot implementation and Evidence generation (national and international)

7 Social Protection Institutional Development
Creating a Social Protection Secretariat within the MGLSD Providing technical support to the SP Sub-Committee Strengthening GoU Leadership Structures on SP: Building a strong social protection team within MGLSD for policy & management of cash transfers Building cross GoU capacity for policy development, analysis and implementation Considering from the outset the long term institutional structures necessary for policy and implementation

8 Social Protection Policy Framework
Will bring together core ‘pillars’ of the social protection policy framework in Uganda Will provide a long-term vision Significant consultation process Strategic and prioritized Underpinned by legislation as required

9 Social Assistance Grants for Empowerment (SAGE)
14 Districts 15% of the population / 600,000 beneficiaries 22,000 UGX / month (aprox. $10 usd) Experimental targeting approaches Innovative payment mechanism

10 Building Demand & Political Support
Evaluation of cash transfer pilot will be critical Research (including by Ministry of Finance) Training and awareness raising, study tours – including political level influencing Support to civil society Communications strategy

11 Challenges and Opportunities
Institutional: SP agenda driven by SP Directorate in MGLSD – Directorate of Labour, decent work agenda, labour legislation not prominent in Ugandan debate Political: on-going advocacy on affordability and sustainability required Opportunities Increasing development partner interest – e.g. new EU SP policy Increasing regional and international focus

12 Thank you and Questions?

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