Advocacy on social protection targets Mozambican parliamentarians

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Between 18 and 19 April, around 45 parliamentarians from the Republic of Mozambique participated in an advocacy activity carried out by the Civil Society Platform on Social Protection with the support of the European Union and the ILO. The objective of this activity was to sensitize legislators on the main government interventions in the field of social protection, in particular on the basic social security programs administered by the National Institute for Social Action (INAS).

On the first day, the parliamentarians traveled to the rural district of Chokwè, in Gaza province, where they were received by the local government and had the opportunity to learn more about the deployment of the “Support Program direct social – Post-emergency (PASD-PE) COVID-19” through discussions with local authorities and exchanged with beneficiaries on the impact of the program on their lives.

The next day, the legislators launched the work by visiting the center in the Chamanculo district of Maputo, where they interacted with the beneficiaries of this district to understand how the services provided by INAS helped them to face the challenges posed by the pandemic to their livelihoods. At the end of this session, the parliamentarians met in the premises of INAS, where they were received by the deputy national director of INAS and benefited from an institutional visit, in particular on the functioning of e-INAS, the management information system for non-contributory social protection programs which was developed with the support of the ILO. Later, a technical section took place, where participants discussed progress in the implementation of the program, existing challenges and opportunities to strengthen the social protection system.

The ILO contributed to the discussions by making a presentation on the importance of expanding fiscal space for social protection, emphasizing the need to invest more in social protection as a means of achieving government commitments in line with the national strategy on basic social security, reduce poverty and vulnerability, support the development of human capital as well as economic development.

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Joel C. Hicks