The brief presents an analysis and findings from a study on Governance on non-state Social Protection (SP) Initiatives conducted between December 2012 and May 2013 by the Centre for Basic Research (CBR) and the African Institute for Strategic Research Governance and Development (AISRGD) with support from the Partnership for African Social and Governance Research (PASGR), Nairobi, Kenya. The study Sought to examine the implications of governance mechanisms on non-state SP initiatives in addressing gendered vulnerability to poverty in the selected areas of Katakwi and Kyegegwa districts in Uganda. The policy brief provides the key governance issues from the findings and policy recommendations.
Vulnerability to poverty is gendered with women constituting a higher proportion of both the poor and those vulnerable to poverty in Uganda. While the poor are susceptible to diverse risks – political, environmental, social and economic risks, the effects of these risks have significant differential impacts on men and women with higher risks and vulnerability to poverty among women. Social protection (SP) is seen as a key strategy for tackling the ‘poverty trap’. In particular the transformative approach to SP that entails addressing the complex nature of risk and vulnerability; the fundamental issues of equity, empowerment and social rights and not just the income and consumption transfers but rather to address both strategic and practical needs of men and women. See details in the PDF document herewith attached.