Social Protection for Inclusive Development. A New Perspective in EU Cooperation with Africa
Title: Social Protection for Inclusive Development. A New Perspective in EU Cooperation with Africa
Author: GIOVANNETTI, Giorgia
Citation: European Report on Development 2010, Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies, European University Institute, Florence, 2010
External link: http://erd.eui.eu/erd-2010/final-report/
The European Report on Development examines the need and potential for expanding social protection in Sub-Saharan Africa, as well as its feasibility and likely development impact. In contrast with the view that Sub-Saharan Africa cannot aff ord social protection, innovative approaches to building broad-based social protection schemes and systems have been promoted by African countries, and implemented with success across the region. Global post-crises uncertainty reinforces the need for measures that shield Africa’s population against risks and shocks, and that reduce poverty and promote human development. ‘Social protection for inclusive development’ is a timely topic: interest in social protection has been growing, both in Sub-Saharan Africa and elsewhere. In the G20 ‘Seoul Development Consensus (2010)’, growth with resilience was identifi ed as a key pillar, with specifi c emphasis on social protection mechanisms that support resilient and inclusive growth. More broadly, a consensus is emerging that social protection is not only a right, but also an indispensable instrument in supporting progress towards achieving inclusive growth and the Millennium Development Goals. This momentum stems largely from the growing recognition that social policy is a crucial piece of the development puzzle, as affi rmed in the African Union’s ‘Social Policy Framework for Africa (2008)’ and ‘Khartoum Declaration on Social Policy Action Towards Social Inclusion (2010)’. In this context, this report provides an opportunity to take stock, learn from experience and suggest priorities for the European Union (EU) and its Member States. Social protection, at the very heart of the European social model, should become an integral part of EU development policies and its commitment to the social dimension of globalisation.
The European Report on Development (ERD) is the main outcome of the Mobilising European research for development policies, an initiative promoted and financed by the European Commission together with seven EU Member States: Germany, Finland, France, Luxembourg, Spain, Sweden, and the United Kingdom. The aim of this initiative is to help the European Union refine its vision of development and enrich its policies on the basis of knowledge, innovation, and the building of common ground between the European research community, policymakers, and a broad public. The ERD is aimed at stimulating debate and research on development issues and amplifying the EU’s voice internationally. The ERD provides linkages and synergies between rich expertise in development-related issues in research and academic institutions and policymaking throughout Europe. It also serves as a focal point for researchers in European countries and various regions of the world, facilitates discussions with policymakers and civil society, and stimulates interaction between various European national agencies.
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