Government Launches Investment Case For Social Protection

WHAT: The Government of Uganda under the Ministry of Gender, Labour and Social Development, will launch the Social Protection Investment Case Report, calling for sustained investments in social protection, in order to reduce poverty levels and improve livelihoods of vulnerable groups such as children, women, youth, older persons, and persons with disabilities, in the short, medium and long run. WHEN: Tuesday, November 22, 2016 at 08:30am to 01:00pmWHERE: Golf Course Hotel, Kampala.  WHO: Hon. Janat Mukwaya, Minister of Gender, Labour and Social Development, will be the Guest of Honor.        WHY:  Despite the remarkable accomplishment of halving poverty between 2000 and 2015 in fulfillment of the first Millennium Development Goal, almost 20 per cent of Uganda’s population still falls below the poverty line, challenging the Poverty Eradication Action Plan (PEAP) target of reducing this rate to 10 per cent by 2017. Worse still, 55 per cent of children in Uganda under 5 years of age – 3.7 million – along with 38 per cent of 6-17 year olds live in poverty. The investment case therefore is an important step and calls for integrated and inclusive social protection initiatives that will contribute to the government’s goal of reducing poverty and vulnerability in the country as stated in the Poverty Eradication Action Plan and in the National Development Plans (NDP) I and II. Distributed by APO on behalf of UNICEF Uganda.Media filesDownload logo