Social Protection Cross Learning Summit (SPECS 2018)

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Social Protection Cross-Learning Summit (SPECS 2018)

In March 2016 a high-level multi-stakeholder consultative summit on social protection investments and learnings titled “Social Protection Cross-Learning Summit (SPECS)” was held in Abuja, Nigeria. One of the key outputs of SPECS-2016 was the initiation of an articulated reform agenda for the social protection sector by the Federal Government as a means to ensuring that the present unacceptable levels of poverty within the country are reduced to the barest minimum.

As a follow-on to the results of SPECS-2016, NASSCO, under the supervision of the National Social Investment Office (NSIO), in collaboration with MBNP; and with technical support from the UKAID funded Child Development Grant Programme (CDGP), UNICEF, World Bank and other key partners, hereby propose to hold the Social Protection Cross-Learning Summit for this year 2018 (SPECS-2018).
The purpose of this year’s consultative summit is to promote more informed dialogue, using evidence to support targeted investments and positive changes in relevant social protection policies and programmes via advocacy, learning and sharing mechanisms. The specific objectives of SPECS-2018 Summit include:

  • To deepen the government’s and other stakeholders’ awareness and understanding of the benefits of continuing investment in appropriate systems in the social protection sector in Nigeria
  • To harness and share experiences on the design and implementation of social protection programmes; and promote the exchange of best practices among local and international partners.
  • Initiate discussions around the institutionalization of social protection in Nigeria at Federal and State level
  • Draw up a call to action for targeted social protection programmes with relevant policies in Nigeria.
  • Use the forum to officially launch the National Social Protection Policy by the Hon. Minister of State for Budget and National Planning

Approach and Methodology

SPECS-2018 will be held in Abuja, Nigeria, on the 12th to 14th of December 2018 and will gather 150 – 500 participants including high-level and mid-level policymakers, government officials and policy advisors from various ministries in Nigeria, including the Office of the Vice President, National Assembly (Senate and House of Representatives), Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs), bi/multilateral organizations, NGOs and INGOs, originators and practitioners of social protection policies, media, researchers and subject experts.
This three-day summit is proposed as a three-pronged approach- pre-stakeholder engagement, main summit and post-summit; adopting a combination of presentations, panel and plenary discussions, round-table discussions and group sessions:
Day 1

Pre-Stakeholder Engagement: This technical meeting will draw together key major players, key stakeholders and experts within the social protection space and from various sectors. During this meeting, technical experts will collate existing evidence from country and regional data, to highlight areas of focus and set the stage for the summit.

Day 2

Main summit: This second day of the summit will facilitate experience sharing from experts (local and international), on how to successfully implement social protection programmes and sustainably institutionalize social protection policies in the country. Participants will include, key personalities from the government (Office of the Vice President; National Assembly (Senate and House of Representatives), Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs), bi/multilateral organizations, NGOs and INGOs, originators and practitioners of social protection policies, media, and researchers. This meeting will create a bottom-up mechanism, allowing national technical experts to discuss local issues with some of the world’s leading experts, as well as engaging with the policymakers with a view to influencing policies and decisions that will translate into more sustainable investments in social protection in Nigeria.

Day 3

Post-summit: This will be a one-day event, convened by the office of the Vice President, through NASSCO. This meeting will include a keynote address from the Vice President and pull together all information from the previous 2 days of the summit, to identify priority areas for action and develop recommendations, which will form the implementation section of the Social Protection Agenda for Nigeria.

Key Outcomes

The outcomes of SPECS-2018, analytical papers, presentations and report will be hosted on the post-summit web platform for post-summit consultations –
The discussions emerging from the conference will inform the government and relevant stakeholders on the Social Protection Agenda for Nigeria. The specific outcomes of SPECS-2018 include:

  • Collation of all relevant data on social protection in Nigeria
  • A functional knowledge base from social protection programmes in Nigeria
  • Coalition building and/or Technical Working Group (TWG) on social protection in Nigeria
  • Next steps in institutionalizing social protection in Nigeria

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Event Start Date: 
Wednesday, 12 December, 2018
Event End Date: 
Friday, 14 December, 2018
Event Venue: 
Abuja International Conference Center
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