More than 500 local and international participants are set to converge in Nairobi Kenya next week for the biggest social protection conference in the region.
President Uhuru Kenyatta is expected to open the National Social Protection Conference 2018 that will be held at the Kenya School of Monetary Studies starting Tuesday 20th March.
Speaking at a partner’s briefing at the venue today, Ministry of Labour and Social Protection Cabinet Secretary UkurYatan said all security and administrative arrangements were in place to ensure a smooth event.
The ministry runs several cash transfer programmes, the newest of which is InuaJamii 70 + through the ministry of the elderly people aged 70 and above will soon start receiving a monthly stipend of sh 2,000
The conference is intended to create an interactive platform for various stakeholders to showcase their ideas, innovations and best practises in the social protection arena. Its theme is “Scaling up investment in social protection to the delivery of Kenya’s Vision 2030 and the achievement of the SDGs”.
Deliberations of the conference will lead to the generation of a ‘call to action for Kenya’ that will speak to, seek to address, the pertinent issues that shall have emerged from the conference in terms of actionable areas that will help move the sector forward in terms of actionable areas that will help move the sector forward in terms of financing and increasing investment,” CS Said
Among the participants would be cabinet secretaries, principal secretaries, heads of government agencies, governors, heads of delegation from African countries, heads of diplomatic missions and high profile guest speakers are expected to attend the conference
The conference will cover issues related to the linkages between social protection, SDGs and the vision 2030, sustainable social protection financing, social protection in the changing world, creating an enabling environment (policy and legislative framework), innovative approaches for social protection, social Protection: an adaptive response to climate change and emergencies and enhancing complementarities in social protection
Currently, the social protection sector programmes in Kenya include cash transfer to Orphans and vulnerable children, older persons cash transfer programme and cash transfer to persons with severe disabilities.
The government is preparing to roll out InuaJamii 70+ years older persons program in the next few days. This year alone, the government will spend close to ksh 30 billion on social protection programmes