MONDAY 22 NOVEMBER 2021               DAY 1


Chair: Dr Selloane Selematsela (Executive Director: Library Services, University of South Africa)

            Welcome Addresses

  • Prof Jimi Adesina: SARChI Chair in Social Policy, University of South Africa.
  • Dr Godwin Murunga: Executive Secretary, Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa (CODESRIA).
  • Dr Katja Hujo: UNRISD Director (Rep)
  • Prof Puleng LenkaBula: Vice Chancellor, University of South Africa

Opening Keynote Address

Prof Jayati Ghosh (Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, India): Making Social Policy Effective in an Ever More Unequal World.



11:00—11:15: COFFEE BREAK

11:15—13:00: 1ST PLENARY SESSION: Rethinking the Developmental State with Thandika Mkandawire

Chair: Dzodzi Tsikata (University of Ghana, Legon)

  • Fiona Tregenna (University of Johannesburg, South Africa). Transformative Industrialisation, Social Policy and Development in Africa.
  • Vusi Gumede (University of Mpumalanga, South Africa). Thandika Mkandawire and the South African Developmental State.
  • Andrew Fischer (International Institute of Social Studies—Erasmus University Rotterdam, The Netherlands). Turning Points versus Bifurcations in the Inequality Dynamics of Peripheral Development: Reflections on Universalising Social Policy via Lewis and Furtado.


13:00 —13:45: LUNCH


BAS-1A: Fintech and Cash Transfers

Chair: Wanga Zembe (Medical Research Council, South Africa)

  • Helen W. Mukiri-Smith (Tilburg University, The Netherlands): Exploring the role of fintech: The solution to poverty and inequality or instruments of exploitation?
  • Ali Muez & Laura Mann (London School of Economics, UK): The curious appeal of cash transfers across three diverging political contexts in Sudan.
  • Bernard Dubbeld (Stellenbosch University, South Africa): Granting the Future: The temporality of cash transfers in the countryside.
  • Gbenga Shadare (Centre for Social Protection and Policy Studies, Nigeria): The governance of Nigeria’s social protection: The burdens of developmental welfarism.


BAS-1B: Education Policy

Chair: Nimi Hoffmann (University of Sussex, UK)

  •  Gabriel Asante (Corvinus University of Budapest, Hungary): Configuration of Fee-free Policies at the Higher School Level: A cross-national qualitative comparative analysis of Sub-Saharan Africa.
  • Sophie Ekume Etomes et al. (University of Buea, Cameroon): Social Policy and Provision of Education: Implications for Quality of Higher Education in Cameroon.
  • Lynsey Robinson (Institute of Education, University College London): Education Policy in Nigeria: Exploring education inequalities and the role of the private sector.


BAS-1C: Poverty, Inequality, and Social Justice

Chair: Ndangwa Noyoo (University of Cape Town, South Africa)

  • Marianne Ulriksen (University of Southern Denmark) & Sophie Plagerson (University of Johannesburg, South Africa): Bringing Theory to Life in Social Justice Research.
  • Daud Black (University of Malawi, Malawi): Poverty and Inequality.
  • Erick Patrick Feubi Pamen & Mathias Kuepie (University of Douala, Cameroon): An Application of the Alkire-Foster’s Multidimensional Poverty Index to Data from Madagascar: Taking Into Account the Dimensions of Employment and Gender Inequality.
  • Tapiwanashe Hadzizi (University of Zimbabwe, Zimbabwe): Housing inequalities and the struggle to become house owners in urban set ups: Can housing co-operatives makes the dream come true? A case of Harare, Zimbabwe.


BAS-1D: The Precarious Non-Poor in Africa (1)

Chair: Jimi Adesina (University of South Africa, South Africa)

  • Sara Zouiri (Mohammed V University, Rabat, Morocco): Morocco Country Report.
  • Abebe Ejigu Alemu (Mekelle University, Ethiopia): Ethiopia Country Report.
  • Madina Guloba (Economic Policy Research Centre, Uganda): Uganda Country Report.
  • Kehinde Omotoso (University of South Africa, South Africa): South Africa Country Report.


15:10-15:30: COFFEE BREAK


BAS-2A: Social Policy Responses to Covid-19

Chair: Gabriel Tati (University of the Western Cape, South Africa)

  • Olayinka Akanle et al. (University of Ibadan, Nigeria):  The Coronavirus Pandemic in Ibadan, Nigeria: Democratic State Responses and Glocal Existentialities.
  • Isaac Kabelenga (University of Zambia, Zambia): Emergency Social Protection interventions actioned by the Government of Zambia (GRZ) in response to Covid-19 pandemic.
  •  Samar Khamlichi (Mohamed V University, Morocco): The Moroccan model of social policy responses to the Covid-19 Pandemic.
  • Kambo M. Atse et al. (Felix Houphouet-Boigny University, Côte d’Ivoire): “Gendered and Transformative Social Policy in  in post-COVID-19 Africa” Multi-country research proposal in selected countries in West Africa: Benin, Burkina-Faso and Côte d’Ivoire.


BAS-2B: Gender and Social Policy

Chair: Marianne Ulriksen (University of Southern Denmark)

  •  Rejoice Chipuriro (University of Johannesburg, South Africa): Aging and Women Empowerment Agenda: Perspectives from Zimbabwe.
  • Peter Gutwa Oino & George Aberi (Kisii University, Kenya): Opportunities and Challenges in Promoting Gendered Policies and Practices on Child Protection in East Africa.
  •  Roosa Lambin & Milla Nyysölä (UNU-Wider, UK): Exploring two decades of social policy trajectories in mainland Tanzania from the perspective of working-age women – driving for inclusive development?
  • Rasel Madaha (Sokoine University of Agriculture, Tanzania): Coping Strategies of Feminine Peasant Networks and social protection in Tanzania: The case of Village Community Networks (VCONEs) in Tanzania.


BAS-2C: Social Policy and Development

Chair: Anna Wolkenhauer (University of Bremen, Germany)

  • Mohammed Ali (Bahir Dar University, Ethiopia): Curbing the Collective Voices of Workers in Ethiopia’s State-led Industrialization.
  •  Shepherd Gudyani (Great Zimbabwe University, Zimbabwe): Co-creating Social Policy for Inclusive and Democratic Development through investing in self-determined and sustained rural communities in Africa, the case of Zimbabwe.
  • Bongekile Mthembu (University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa): Social Policy for Integrated African Development.
  • Carol Chi Ngang et al. (National University of Lesotho, Lesotho): Right to Development Governance: A Policy Proposition for the Kingdom of Lesotho.


BAS-2D: Social Protection, Food Security and Non-Fossil Future

Chair: Julia Ngozi Chukuma (SOAS, London)

  • Marzena Breza (SOCIEUX+, Belgium): Challenges for social protection policy developments and reforms – experience of EU technical cooperation in African countries.
  • Sara McHattie & Michael Samson (UNWFP, South Africa): The Role of Food Security & Nutrition-Sensitive Social Protection in Bridging the Humanitarian-Development Divide in the Southern African Region.
  • James Mawanda (Development Intelligence Consultancy Ltd, Uganda): ‘No investment in new fossil fuel supply projects’: (Re) imagining Africa’s Poverty struggles amidst new Global Energy Policies.
  •  Dr Venosa Mushi’s (Mzumbe University, Tanzania): Social Protection Systems and Poverty Reduction in Tanzania



09:00—10.30: Thandika Mkandawire Memorial Lecture

Chair: Katja Hujo (UNRISD, Geneva)

  • Jimi Adesina (University of South Africa, South Africa): Statement about the Memorial Lecture.
  • Godwin Murunga (CODESRIA): Statement from CODESRIA
  • Kaarina Klint / André Mkandawire: Statement from the Family.
  • The Inaugural Thandika Mkandawire Memorial Lecture

Professor Fantu Cheru (Emeritus Professor of International Political Economy, American University, Washington DC): “On resuscitating the aborted national project: A retrospective and prospective view” (Notes from my last conversation with Thandika Mkandawire).


10:30—10.45: BREAK


BAS-3A: Social Policy and the Developmental Context

Chair: Ilcheong Yi (UNRISD, Geneva).

  • Manchuna Shanmuganathan (The University of Dundee, Scotland, UK): Social Policy for Inclusive and Democratic Development in Africa.
  • Biruk Shewadeg (Addis Ababa Science and Technology University, Ethiopia): Rethinking Democratic Developmental State in Ethiopia.
  • Madalitso Phiri (University of Johannesburg, South Africa): The Contested Idea of Social Policy in Africa: Recasting the Pan-African Nationalist Vision.
  • Kenneth Simala (Masinde Muiro University of Science and Technology, Kenya): Language, Social Policy and Sustainable Development Discourse: Looking Back to the Future of Africa.


BAS-3B: Social Policy in Francophone Africa

Chair: Ramola Ramtohul (University of Mauritius, Mauritius)

  • Marie Fall et al. (Université du Québec à Chicoutimi, Canada): Analyse critique des idéologies au cœur des politiques sociales liées à l’éducation et à l’emploi au Mali, en Mauritanie et au Sénégal.
  • Adama Sadio, et al. (Gorée Institut, Sénégal): Réflexion sur les politiques sociales du Sénégal au prisme de la démocratie et du développement.
  • Ndeye Faty Sarr et al. (Universitè de Chicoutimi, France): Lecture critique des politiques sociales en Mauritanie, au Mali et au Sénégal.
  • Almamy Sylla & Adama Sadio (Université des Lettres et des Sciences Humaines de Bamako, Mali): Examen des politiques sociales éducatives et de l’emploi au Mali.


BAS-3C: Health, Water and Care Economy

Chair: Nana Akua Anyidoho (University of Ghana, Legon).

  • Julia Ngozi Chukwuma (SOAS, UK): Implementing health policy in Nigeria: The Basic Health Care Provision Fund as a catalyst for attaining Universal Health Coverage in Nigeria?
  • Newman Tekwa & B Dube (University of South Africa, South Africa): ‘Global Policies versus ‘Local Realities.’ Water Policy Reforms in Zimbabwe and South Africa.
  • Salimah Valiani (Independent Researcher, South Africa): The Africa Care Economy Index.


BAS-3D: Social Policy Responses to Covid-19 (2)

Chair: Clement Chipenda (University of South Africa, South Africa).

  • Marion Mugisha et al. (Kyambogo University, Uganda): Agency and Compliance with Anti-Covid-19 Public Health Policies in Slums of the Global South.
  • Marion Ouma (University of South Africa, South Africa): Kenya’s Social Policy response to COVID-19: Continuity in times of crisis.
  • Malalaniaina Miora Rakotoarivelo & James Ravalison (University of Antananarivo, Madagascar): Managing the impacts of the Covid-19 pandemic in a context of underdevelopment, a study case from Madagascar.
  • Verena Tandrayen-Ragoobur (University of Mauritius, Mauritius): Vulnerability, Resilience and Social Policy Responses of African Economies in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic.


12:15—13:00: LUNCH


BAS-4A: Migration, Covid-19 and Welfare

Chair: Madalitso Phiri (University of Johannesburg, South Africa)

  • Olayinka Akanle (University of Ibadan, Nigeria): Migration for Poverty and Inequality Reduction in Sub-Saharan Africa:  Migration Partnerships as Antithesis.
  • Belmondo Tanankem Voufo (Ministry of Economy, Planning and Regional Development of Cameroon): Linking Migration and Household Welfare in Cameroon: Zooming into the Effect of Return Migration on Self-employment.
  • Gabriel Tati (University of the Western Cape, South Africa): Living on the fringes of public assistance in time of COVID-19 pandemic crisis: The plight of African forced migrants in the city of Cape Town (South Africa).
  • Kennedy Alatinga (SD Dombo University, Ghana): Migrant female head porters’ experiences and national social policy response in times of COVID-19: policy implications for universal social protection in Ghana.


BAS-4B: Land, Agriculture and Social Policy

Chair: Newman Tekwa (University of South Africa, South Africa)

  • Natalia Abril Bonilla (Institute of Social Studies, The Netherlands): Enduring CSR: Social policies of banana companies in rural Colombia.
  • Patience Chadambuka et al. (Midlands State University, Zimbabwe): Zimbabwe’s ex-farm labourers of foreign origin and perpetual marginalization: A need for a land policy shift.
  • Clement Chipenda (University of South Africa, South Africa): ‘Social Policy by Other Means’: Critical insights on land reform as an alternative social policy instrument during the Covid-19 pandemic.
  • Trevor Ngwane (University of Johannesburg, South Africa): ‘The Land Was Stolen’: Labour Tenants and the Agrarian Question in Africa Today.


BAS-4C: Social Policy Responses to Covid-19 (3)

Chair: Kate Meagher (London School of Economics, UK)

  • Bassey Ayek (University of Nigeria, Nsukka, Nigeria): Critical Reflections on social policy responses to the Covid-19 pandemic in Eastern Nigeria.
  • Temi Esteri Fet’era (United Nations Office, Nigeria): COVID-19 and the Exposure of Gaps in Social Protection Coverage of the Informal Economy: A Case of Cultural and Creative Sector Workers in Nigeria.
  • Lindi-K Khumalo & Nqobile Zulu (Studies in Poverty and Inequality Institute, South Africa): Critical Reflections on South Africa’s Covid-19 Social Relief of Distress Grant (SDR): A case for the development of a cost of living index.
  • Eyene Okpanachi (University of South Wales, UK) & Emmanuel Aiyede (University of Ibadan, Nigeria): The Spatial and Temporal Dynamics of Social Protection and Vulnerability in the context of Covid-19 in Nigeria.


BAS-4D: The Precarious Non-Poor in Africa (2)

Chair: Kehinde Omotoso (University of South Africa, South Africa)

  • Nancy Nafula Mwenge (Kenya Institute of Public Policy Research and Analysis, Nairobi, Kenya): Kenya Country Report.
  • Walid Merouani (CREAD, Algiers, Algeria): Algeria Country Report.
  • Emmanuel Codjoe (University of Ghana, Legon): Ghana Country Report.
  • Abiodun Adegboye (Obafemi Awolowo University, Nigeria): Nigeria Country Report.


14:30—14:45: COFFEE BREAK

14:45—16:15: 2nd PLENARY SESSION: Democracy, State-Building and Social Policy

Chair: Jimi Adesina (University of South Africa, South Africa)

  • Anna Wolkenhauer (University of Bremen, Germany): Social Policy and State Formation: Comparative insights from the Social Cash Transfer and FISP in Zambia.
  • Michael Kpessa-Whyte (University of Ghana, Legon): Democracy and Social Policy in Ghana: An Analysis of Reforms in Health, Pension and Education Policies.
  • Dennis Canterbury (Eastern Connecticut State University, USA): Fresh Vistas for African Development in a New Multipolar World Order.


16:15—16:30: COFFEE BREAK


Theme: Gender Equitable and Transformative Social Policy for Post-COVID-19 Africa: An Introduction.

Chair: Dzodzi Tsikata (University of Ghana, Legon)

  • Charles Abugre: Economic and Social Policy Interactions.
  • Newman Tekwa (University of South Africa): Gender and Social Policy.
  • Nana Akua Anyidoho (University of Ghana, Legon): Social Policy of Military Regimes: Some considerations.


WEDNESDAY 24 NOVEMBER 2021                   DAY 3

09:00—11:00: 3rd PLENARY SESSION – Rethinking Social Policy

Chair: Ilcheong Yi (UNRISD, Geneva, Switzerland)

  • Dzodzi Tsikata (University of Ghana, Legon): Gender, Social Reproduction and Social Policy.
  • Jimi Adesina (University of South Africa, South Africa): Rethinking Social Policy with Thandika Mkandawire.
  • Maureen Mackintosh (The Open University, UK): Commercialisation, Gender, and Ethics in Tanzanian Health Care: Honouring the work of Paula Tibandebage.
  • Kate Meagher (London School of Economics, UK): Transforming African Informal Economies: Looking Back to Move Forward in the Wake of Covid-19.


11:00—11:15: BREAK


BAS-5A: Social Policy Responses to Covid-19 (4)

Chair: Bernard Dubbeld (Stellenbosch University, South Africa)

  • Cecy Balogun (Nigerian Institute of Social and Economic Research, Nigeria): Social Policy Responses to COVID-19 In Nigeria: Gaps and Expectations.
  • Miracle-Eunice Bolorunduro (Adekunle Ajasin University, Nigeria): An Appraisal of the COVID-19 Rapid Response Registration Cash Transfer Policy in Nigeria.
  • Lilan Olivia Orero (ALP Advocates East Africa, Kenya): Critical Reflections on Social Policy Responses to the COVId-19 Pandemic in Kenya.
  • Olusegun Oladeinde (Bells University of Technology, Nigeria): Violence, Conflicts and COVID 19 Pandemic in Nigeria – a Double-Crisis Challenge: re-thinking the Humanitarian Architecture for Sustainable Development.
  • Nqobile Zulu, et al. (Studies in Poverty and Inequality Institute, South Africa): Critical Reflections on Social Policy Responses to the Covid-19 Pandemic: Lessons from Namibia.


BAS-5B: Teaching and Thinking about Social Policy

Chair: Marion Ouma (University of South Africa, South Africa)

  • Ndangwa Noyoo (University of Cape Town, South Africa): Teaching Social Policy for Africa’s Development: A Case Study of the Department of Social Development at the University Cape Town.
  • Dominic Brown (AIDC, South Africa) & Nimi Hoffmann (University of Sussex, UK): Towards a people’s budget for South Africa: remarks from a transformative social policy perspective.
  • Oko Enworo (University of Pretoria, South Africa): The Role of Indigenous Social Protection Systems in the Management of Covariate Shocks: Insights from Southeast Nigeria.
  • Nkululeko Majozi (Studies in Poverty and Inequality Institute, South Africa): The Universal Basic Income Grant (BIG) in South Africa as an Instrument for Transformative Social Policy: Lessons from Global BIG Pilot Experiments.


BAS-5C: Child Welfare, Human Security, Poverty, and Inequality

Chair: Salimah Valiani (Independent Researcher, South Africa)

  • Musavengana Chibwana (University of Free State, South Africa): Social Protection for Children in Africa: the case of South Africa and Mauritius.
  • Tawanda Masuka (Bindura University of Science Education, Zimbabwe): Developmental Social Policy and Urban Child Poverty Reduction: A Case Study of Bindura Town, Zimbabwe.
  •  Abdoul Karim Diamoutene (University of Social Science and Management, Mali): Agriculture, Inequality and Poverty in Mali.
  • Kwashirai Zvokuomba & Freedom Mazwi (Ezekiel Guti University, Zimbabwe): Human Security and the State as a Security Provider in the Post Fast Track Land Reform in Zimbabwe: Human Factor Approach Review.


12:45—13:30: LUNCH

13:30—15:00: GETSPA Roundtable Discussion – The Trajectories of Social Policy in Africa

Chair: Michael Kpessa-Whyte (University of Ghana, Legon)

  • Ramola Ramtohul (University of Mauritius, Mauritius)
  • Clementina Furtado (Universidade de Cabo Verde, Cabo Verde)
  • Adama Sadio (Gorée Institut, Senegal)
  • Julius Omona (Makerere University, Uganda).



Chair: Dr Godwin Murunga (Executive Secretary, CODESRIA)

Closing Keynote Address: Prof Adebayo Olukoshi: Social Policy for Sustained Democratic Governance

            Farewell Addresses

  • Prof Jimi Adesina: SARChI Chair in Social Policy, University of South Africa.
  • Dr Katja Hujo: UNRISD, Geneva.
  • Prof Thenjiwe Meyiwa (Vice Principal — RPSIC, University of South Africa).