The purpose of the Social Protection Platform is to serve as a high-level regional coordination mechanism on social protection in order to (i) support RCs and UN country teams with guidance on social protection programming; and (ii) harmonize the approach among partners to build shock responsive social protection systems. Platform membership consists of UN regional directors or their designates from the following organisations: FAO, IOM, OCHA, OHCHR, UNAIDS, UNEP, UNDP, UNFPA, UNHCR, UNICEF, UN Women, World Bank, WFP and WHO, as well as ECHO and World Vision. The platform will also include interested donors and NGOs.

The Platform's role is to: 

Provide guidance to UN country teams and RCs on social protection programming. In particular, the platform will focus its attention on two critical programming topics in southern Africa, namely (i) shock responsive social protection and (ii) nutrition sensitive social protection.

The platform will:

  • Develop inter-agency guidance on both issues for sharing with UNCTs in the region;
  • Coordinate social protection programming in the context of the El Nino and natural and man-made crisis;
  • Identify and address bottlenecks in using existing social protection systems in response to shocks;
  • Monitor implementation of pillar two related to social protection in the RIASCO action plan;
  • Document social protection initiatives carried out;
  • Facilitate sharing of good practices between countries;
  • Stay updated on the work being done through the cash working group in implementing cash based interventions as part of the RIASCO action plan; and
  • Inform SADC of the development of social protection in the region and explore ways to further collaboration for better coordination in the region.