Making the Case for Social Protection in Uganda: In Conversation with Ugandan MPs

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Social protection systems have a key role in contributing to sustainable development in low- and middle-income countries, and over the last decade many African countries have introduced new kinds of social protection programmes. One of the most popular schemes in the region have been social pensions, tax-financed cash transfers paid regularly to older people, with new schemes introduced in Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda.

The discussion will focus on developments in Uganda, and the question of how political will can be generated amongst a diverse range of stakeholders. It will also share findings from the implementation of the country’s Senior Citizen’s Grant, which was initiated as a pilot in a number of districts with the support from development partners, and is now in the process of being gradually rolled out by government and development partners across the country.

The event, organised by HelpAge InternationalAge International and Development Pathways, will include:

  • A panel discussion with Hon. Flavia Kabahenda Rwabuhoro (founding Chairperson and Coordinator, Uganda Parliamentary Forum on Social Protection); Charles Knox-Vydmanov (Social Protection Policy Adviser, HelpAge); and Bjorn Gelders (Senior Social Policy Specialist, Development Pathways). The discussion will be moderated by Alexandra Barrantes (Senior Social Policy Specialist, Development Pathways).