Everyone has the right to ‘Social Security’ as it is stated in the United Nations’ ‘Declaration of Human Rights’ from 1949. In 2007, Ghana developed the National Social Protection Strategy (NSPS) and revised it in 2012 to protect the extreme poor and vulnerable from risks and shocks in the processes of sustainable development. CEBSAR_TALK in this episode will examine the extent to which political parties’ manifesto promises offer better alternatives on social assistance for the vulnerable and extreme poor. We identify what gaps exist in the manifestos aimed at promoting social protection, gender and social inclusion. We want to understand what actions should be put in place by the next Ghana government in 2021 that would empower individuals through social protection policies.
The talk show will comprise two sessions. The first session will touch on the structuring of the manifesto regarding social protection, gender and social inclusion, including the areas of social protection policies considered. Additionally, it will further unearth the gaps with regards to building a social protection system which is affordable to everyone and protective of the citizenry from economic risks and shocks. The second session will focus on plausible proposals for addressing the identified gaps. It is important to note that the discussion will not pitch one manifesto against the other in terms of superiority but will rather look at how the promises address the desired level of social protection and inclusion needed as a country.
The discussion will host Dr. Richard Blay, who is a Lecturer at the University of Ghana Medical School; and Ms. Christine Ansong, who is a Child Health Psychologist Assistant at the Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital in Ghana. The discussions will be live at 4pm GMT on Facebook and YouTube at all CEBSAR_AFRICA platforms.