The Uganda Parliamentary Forum on Social Protection, in collaboration with the Ministry of Gender, Labour, and Social Development (MoGLSD), is spearheading a nationwide discussion on social protection. The primary objective is to raise awareness and understanding of social protection’s role in addressing poverty and mitigating other societal shocks. This critical initiative seeks to lay the foundation for advocating increased fiscal support for social protection programs within the country.
An All-Encompassing Approach to Social Protection
Under the theme “Investment in Social Protection Across the Life Cycle,” the event, which is being held at Hotel Africana today (October 31, 2023), aspires to promote a comprehensive approach to social protection. By focusing on investment throughout all stages of life, it aims to create a holistic and sustainable system that safeguards the well-being of the nation’s citizens.
Kumi Municipality MP’s Insight
Silas Aogon, the Member of Parliament for Kumi Municipality, who also serves as the representative for Eastern Uganda in the Parliamentary Forum on Social Protection, shared his views on the matter. Aogon highlighted the potential for self-sustaining social protection in Uganda through increased government investment, projected to be realized by the fiscal year 2030/31.
Aogon emphasized that the investment in social protection is expected to have far-reaching impacts, such as increased household income, elevated levels of household consumption, and higher employment rates. These outcomes, in turn, will result in additional tax revenue generation, which can be channeled towards financing future social protection services.
Social Protection as the Key to Economic Growth
During an interview with local press, Aogon articulated the pivotal role of social protection in unlocking economic growth. He explained that social protection ensures income stability, granting individuals access to essential services like healthcare, education, and other resources vital for inclusive development and socioeconomic transformation.
Aogon pointed out that the availability of savings schemes and health insurance, among other essential components of social protection, would significantly improve the overall well-being of the population. By increasing awareness and understanding of the importance of these programs at both the national and regional levels, the initiative aims to prevent scenarios like those witnessed during the COVID-19 pandemic, where even individuals previously considered economically stable faced hardship.
Table: Key Participants in the National Dialogue on Social Protection
|Uganda Parliamentary Forum
|Ministry of Gender, Labour, and Social Development (MoGLSD)
|Hotel Africana, Kampala
|October 31, 2023
|“Investment in Social Protection Across the Life Cycle”
|Silas Aogon, Kumi Municipality MP and Eastern Uganda Forum Representative
|Raise awareness and understanding of social protection
|Advocate increased fiscal support for social protection programs
|Increased household income, consumption, and employment rates
|Future Investment Target
|Self-sustaining social protection by FY 2030/31
|Economic growth, income stability, access to essential services