Be an expert universal social security advocate

The importance of social security (or protection) is widely and increasingly recognised. However, the question on whether the systems should be built on means-tested and poverty-targeted benefits or on a universal approach is widely debated.

The language we use shapes our thinking, while also shaping the thinking of those with whom we communicate. There is strong evidence for why universal benefits are the best strategy to Leave No One Behind. But “poverty-targeted” support is easily perceived as “pro-poor”, so those who advocate for universal social security need to have very clear arguments.

In this webinar, Development Pathways and Act Church of Sweden present a new report, or rather a guide for advocators: Advocating for universal social security: how to win hearts and minds. The document builds on evidence presented in earlier research, and suggests how advocacy for universal social security can be carried out in the most effective way: the words and arguments to use and who to approach.

A presentation of the report will be followed by comments from David Tumwesigye (Global Advocacy Manager, Save the Children International) and Richard Obiga (Programme Officer at the Social Protection Secretariat,  Kenya) and an interaction with the audience.