Actions in Social Protection

  • Online training for ERI experts in the field of targeted social assistance

    Start activities
    16/08/2023
    End activities
    08/11/2023
    Code
    2023-19
    Description
    The webinar “Social Assistance Measures: Experience of the European Union” was co-organized by SOCIEUX+ and the Economic Research Institute (ERI) of Kazakhstan on the occasion of the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty. ERI, a think tank under the Ministry of Economy, had a mission to propose to the government social assistance measures based in international good practices to support the implementation of the new Kazakhstan Social code. The experts from France and Slovakia presented the ways that minimum income guarantee schemes and child guarantee initiatives are designed and implemented in different EU Member States. Around 40 participants – ERI experts as well as other partners from Kazakhstan and Central Asia – joined the webinar.
    Partner Institution
    JSC Economic Research Institute
    Type of Assistance
    Institutional capacity building, Individual capacity building (human resources development)
  • Cost-benefit analysis of options for the provision of rehabilitation services

    Start activities
    20-03-2023
    End activities
    31-08-2023
    Code
    2022-32
    Description
    In order to expand its offer of services for victims of accidents at work and occupational diseases, the Workers Compensation Fund of Tanzania (WCF) together with the experts from France, Italy and the Netherlands mobilized by SOCIEUX+ worked on identification of the best option of the rehabilitation services provision. As a result of the action, a cost-benefit analysis of different options was conducted, providing the necessary elements to finalize the WCF’s rehabilitation strategy.
    Partner Institution
    Workers Compensation Fund (WCF)
    Type of Assistance
    Sectoral planning & budgeting
  • Coordination between the Ministry of Veterans Affairs of Ukraine and NGOs providing social assistance to veterans and their families

    Start activities
    18-07-2022
    End activities
    30-09-2022
    Code
    2022-13
    Description
    The Ministry of Veterans Affairs of Ukraine reached out to SOCIEUX+ to assist in increasing their scope of action to incorporate coordination with NGOs providing social assistance to war veterans and their families. A fully at distance action translated into two activities led by Lithuanian expertise, aiming at showcasing existing initiatives and mechanism of social assistance provided to veterans and their families, as well as a proposition of a coordination mechanism with NGOs and Civil Society Organizations providing social assistance to war veterans. The MoVA of Ukraine had as a result of this technical assistance, a proposal for regulations to create council of Veterans as well as requirements for the development of a program for the socialization and employment enhancement of veterans.
    Partner Institution
    Ministry of Veterans Affairs of Ukraine
    Type of Assistance
    Institutional capacity building, Policy development
  • Capacity building for improved reporting on Social Protection

    Start activities
    20-11-2023
    End activities
    08-04-2024
    Code
    2023-35
    Partner Institution
    Republic Institute for Social Protection
    Type of Assistance
    Institutional capacity building, Information management systems
  • Support for assuming the responsibilities under the EU regulation on data and information exchange within social security systems coordination scheme

    Start activities
    29-01-2024
    End activities
    14-06-2024
    Code
    2023-39
    Partner Institution
    Ministry of Labour and Social Policy (MLSP)
    Type of Assistance
    Institutional capacity building
  • Virtual DOST: support to digitization of citizen-centric services

    Start activities
    01-05-2023
    End activities
    15-02-2024
    Code
    2022-37
    Partner Institution
    Agency for Sustainable and Operative Social Provision (DOST Agency) under the Ministry of Labor and Social Protection of Population (MLSPP)
    Type of Assistance
    Institutional capacity building
  • Analysis of the disability assessment in Kosovo*

    Start activities
    28-08-2023
    End activities
    16-02-2024
    Code
    2023-13
    Partner Institution
    Ministry of Finance, Labour and Transfers
    Type of Assistance
    Organisational management (structures & functions)
  • Financial and policy advice on the establishment of the Unemployment Fund

    Start activities
    27-03-2023
    End activities
    13-08-2023
    Code
    2022-36
    Description
    The Social Security Commission of Namibia aims to enlarge its offer of social security schemes to encompass unemployment benefits. The contribution requested to SOCIEUX+ was mainly on exploring policy and organizational possibilities according to the context; to this purpose, SOCIEUX+ mobilized experts from France, Lithuania, Romania, and Spain. They have first been looking into the recent COVID-related stimulus package to protect laid-off workers and explore possibilities to integrate those measures into a structural instrument. Experts then looked at options for financing such a scheme, and how it would be governed and administered by the Social Security Commission. Such technical background will prove useful in the event Namibia will decide to move forward with the introduction of unemployed benefits.
    Partner Institution
    Social Security Commission (SSC)
    Type of Assistance
    Legislative & regulatory framework development, Sectoral planning & budgeting, Financial management (incl. budgeting)
  • Technical and institutional appraisal for the establishment of a unified registry for social protection in Lebanon

    Start activities
    06-03-2023
    End activities
    15-10-2023
    Code
    2023-02
    Description
    The Ministry of Social Affairs of Lebanon asked SOCIEUX+ support in the establishment of a unified registry for social protection (USRP), according to the National Social Protection Strategy. The goal is to have available a comprehensive data platform of beneficiary households of the existing social assistance benefits and schemes. In fact, today Lebanon’s economic crisis translates into persisting hardship for the poorest and impoverishment of the medium class; in such a situation, social transfers and basic services are key to secure essential livelihood and ultimately social stability. As those are massively funded by international donors, a national URSP would allow the Lebanese Government to steer social assistance delivery based on comprehensive data and IMS infrastructure. In this context, the planned EU support will be key to provide the necessary technical expertise to set up a functional and technological solution for setting up the URSP. The present Action – and the mobilized Spanish and French expertise - helped to prepare the terms of reference for the selection of the consultancy that will be in charge of ERSP’s development. The consultancy was actually selected, and the project started beginning 2024.
    Partner Institution
    Ministry of Social Affairs
    Type of Assistance
    Information management systems
  • Development of a target operating model for NHIMA

    Start activities
    22-05-2023
    End activities
    13-10-2023
    Code
    2023-05
    Description
    In 2022, NHIMA collaborated with SOCIEUX+ to evaluate its scheme implementation, leading to a review of its Strategic Plan and a transition to the Ministry of Health. Now, NHIMA seeks to develop an independent operating model for HR and scheme implementation, reducing reliance on third-party administrators. This action led by German, Estonian, Belgian, and Polish expertise, resulted in a proposal for a new operating and organizational model and a study visit to the Polish National Health Fund for insights on IT and organizational capacities.
    Partner Institution
    National Health Insurance Management Authority
    Type of Assistance
    Organisational management (structures & functions)
  • Capacity building for the SSR on governance on administrative operations

    Start activities
    24-07-2023
    End activities
    27-10-2023
    Code
    2023-12
    Description
    Previous partner of SOCIEUX+, the Social Security Regulator (SSR) of Cambodia identified the technical knowledge, guidelines and expertise necessary to effectively fulfill its supervisory role of the National Social Security Fund. SOCIEUX+ stepped in to provide support by enhancing the operational and administrative capacities of the SSR staff. Romanian, Finnish, and Slovakian expertise worked with the SSR on establishing principles and modalities for effective supervision of administrative operations within the social security scheme’s management.
    Partner Institution
    Ministry of Economy and Finances
    Type of Assistance
    Institutional capacity building
  • Developing specialized and urgent foster care measures

    Start activities
    15-05-2023
    End activities
    03-12-2023
    Code
    2023-03
    Description
    The social and child welfare and protection system implemented by the Ministry of Labour and Social Welfare of Montenegro is oriented towards the development of social and child protection services to prevent the separation of children from their biological families, guarantee alternative forms of care and achieve reintegration, wherever possible by its international commitments. Ending institutionalisation has been a priority for Europe and is also one of the conditions for accession to the European Union. Experts from Hungary, Croatia, Sweden, the Czech Republic and the Netherlands mobilised by SOCIEUX+ supported the Institute for Child and Social Welfare in the development of a Foster Care Action Plan and the design of a curriculum for the Institute's social workers on foster care competencies.
    Partner Institution
    Institute for Social and Child Welfare [Zavod za socijalnu i dječju zaštitu]
    Type of Assistance
    Policy development
  • Strengthening the capacity of social workers to create and apply protocols for dealing with dysfunctional families

    Start activities
    07-08-2023
    End activities
    Ongoing
    Code
    2023-07
    Partner Institution
    PI Center for social work
    Type of Assistance
    Individual capacity building (human resources development) Capacity building Institutional capacity building
  • Support to the Ministry of Health of Montenegro in creating a quality control system

    Start activities
    23-05-2023
    End activities
    Ongoing
    Code
    2023-08
    Description
    In collaboration with the Ministry of Health of Montenegro, this initiative identified institutional and organizational capacity gaps, empowering the MoH to lead the development of a quality of care framework. Leveraging expertise from multiple EU countries—including Slovenia, Portugal, Croatia, Estonia, and France—the MoH gained insights and lessons from diverse perspectives. Emphasis was placed on enhancing governance and health information systems.
    Partner Institution
    Ministry of Health
    Type of Assistance
    Institutional capacity building
  • Support to the disability sector in Kosovo*

    Start activities
    03/07/2023
    End activities
    Ongoing
    Code
    2023-16
    Partner Institution
    Prime-Ministers Office
    Type of Assistance
    Institutional capacity building
  • Support on the development of individual foster care plans

    Start activities
    17-10-2023
    End activities
    Ongoing
    Code
    2023-32
    Partner Institution
    Ministry of Health, Work and Social Policy
    Type of Assistance
    Institutional capacity building
  • Development of counselling standards and services for children and youth at risk

    Start activities
    04-09-2023
    End activities
    01-12-2023
    Code
    2023-23
    Description
    The Ministry of Labor and Social Policy requested development of counselling standards and services for children and youth at risk implemented in the institution of 25.maj in Skopje. The peer-to-peer technical assistance represented by Croatian, French and Czech expertise allowed to develop a methodology and standards for new services. These standards create an enabling environment for empowerment to the vulnerable youth, children and families at risk and will serve as a pilot project in the country with the possibility for multiplication.
    Partner Institution
    Ministry of Labour and Social Policy (MLSP)
    Type of Assistance
    Organisation/business strategy & planning
  • Assessment of human ressources of the State Labour Inspectorate (SLI)

    Start activities
    13-11-2023
    End activities
    Ongoing
    Code
    2023-26
    Partner Institution
    State Labour Inspectorate (SLI)
    Type of Assistance
    Institutional capacity building Organisational management (structures & functions) Human resources management
  • Improving the linkage between cash benefits and social services and the specific needs of persons with disabilities (PwDs)

    Start activities
    03-08-2023
    End activities
    Ongoing
    Code
    2023-24
    Description
    The Ministry of Labour and Social Policy sought to enhance the system that links cash benefits and social services to the individual needs of persons with disabilities (PwD). The initiative focused on crafting a personalized approach to entitlements, ensuring that the benefits and services, including income replacements and long-term care benefits, are appropriately aligned with the needs of PwDs. Experts from Austria, Germany, Romania, and Slovenia provided relevant EU countries’ examples of tools and scales for individual needs assessment and linkage, while developing recommendations for the reinforcement of the legal framework existing in North Macedonia.
    Partner Institution
    Ministry of Labour and Social Policy (MLSP)
    Type of Assistance
    Institutional capacity building
  • Capacity building of CIPRES in providing continuing trainings to OPS staff in the field of social protection

    Start activities
    12-12-2022
    End activities
    21-04-2023
    Code
    2022-27
    Description
    The Inter-African Conference on Social Welfare (CIPRES) reached out to SOCIEUX+ in view of reinforcing its Executive Secretariat in training engineering capacities. CIPRES aims to put in place a training center that will provide trainings to technical staff. This action, led by French and Belgian experts, produced a complete training engineering guide tailored to CIPRES needs. The guide includes step by step instructions to do a training design, assessing training needs of an organization, operational aspects of delivering a training, and monitoring and evaluation of training delivery.
    Partner Institution
    Inter-African Conference on Social Welfare [Conférence Interafricaine de la Prévoyance Sociale] (CIPRES)
    Type of Assistance
    Institutional capacity building, Organisational capacity building
  • Review of the existing policy and regulatory frameworks in view of the introduction of an Unemployment Benefits scheme in Kenya

    Start activities
    16-01-2023
    End activities
    12-05-2023
    Code
    2022-25
    Partner Institution
    National Social Security Fund
    Type of Assistance
    Legislative & regulatory framework development
  • Reform of the WC system in Kenya based on social insurance models

    Start activities
    09-01-2023
    End activities
    21-07-2023
    Code
    2022-24
    Description
    The Directorate of Occupational Safety and Health Services at the Ministry of Labour and Social Protection of Kenya was committed in 2023 to transforming the current employer liability provisions with a system of workers’ compensation based on social insurance. The mobilization of public expertise from Spain, Estonia, Germany, Slovenia, and Czech Republic in the framework of SOCIEUX+ played a significant role in advancing the adoption of a reform proposal for the current Workers' Compensation (WC) framework in Kenya. The results of the collaborative efforts included a comparative analysis of WC systems based on social insurance and a presentation of international good practices, an assessment of the current legal framework, a policy paper setting the stage for a reform proposal, including the insurance scheme’s main components and the strategic and operational steps to be undertaken, and the drafting of specific parts of the new regulatory framework. The activities emphasized the link between prevention, compensation, and rehabilitation, and cultivated support from social partners for the proposed legislative reforms.
    Partner Institution
    Directorate of Occupational safety and Health Services
    Type of Assistance
    Legislative & regulatory framework development
  • Survey on pension adequacy and spending of the single elderlies

    Start activities
    14-11-2022
    End activities
    24-02-2023
    Code
    2022-23
    Description
    The Training, Assessment and Research Institute for Labor and Social Protection of Mongolia works on methodological improvements in data collection on social protection matters, which reverberate on the quality and relevancy of data analysis and, therefore, policy advise. Experts from Belgium, Finland, Portugal, and Slovakia mobilized by SOCIEUX+ have collaborated with the partner in reengineering data-collection methods (sampling and questionnaires) and provided examples of modern tools and methods for data analysis. The partner has engaged into the elaboration of policy advise, thus building the ground for the development of knowledge-based policy making in the area of social policy.
    Partner Institution
    Training, Assessment and Research Institute for Labor and Social Protection (TARILSP)
    Type of Assistance
    Organisational capacity building
  • Best practices and strategy for collection of voluntary contributions to non-state pension funds

    Start activities
    17-10-2022
    End activities
    10-02-2023
    Code
    2022-21
    Description
    Through two activities, Finnish, French, and German experts mobilized by SOCIEUX+ provided the State Social Protection Fund of Azerbaijan with EU good practices in collecting voluntary contributions to non-state pension funds, followed by a strategy to create, attract and create incentives to non-state pension funds.
    Partner Institution
    State Social Protection Fund
    Type of Assistance
    Institutional capacity building
  • Exchange of experience in providing special social services to persons with disabilities on regional level

    Start activities
    12-12-2022
    End activities
    20-04-2023
    Code
    2022-20
    Description
    Department of Employment and Social Protection of the city of Astana is the main entity at the regional level to organize the provision of social services to vulnerable population, including persons with disabilities (PwDs). In its structure, the Department has several residential and daycare institutions which provide social services. In this action, the experts from Romania conducted the assessment and contributed to the improvement of special social services delivered to PwDs, including the services that support personal autonomy and independence of beneficiaries. Peer-to-peer cooperation resulted in both the reinforcement of the skills of the staff working directly with beneficiaries and in the reinforcement of the collective capacities of the care institutions concerned.
    Partner Institution
    Department of employment and social protection of the city of Nur-Sultan
    Type of Assistance
    Individual capacity building (human resources development), Institutional capacity building
  • Support to the Social Security Corporation of Jordan in adopting a referral mechanism

    Start activities
    21-11-2022
    End activities
    10-03-2023
    Code
    2022-18
    Description
    The Social Security Corporation of Jordan provides social insurance to employees of the public and private sector, and retirees. They do not, at the stage of the request, provide health insurance. The SSC is planning to establish a health insurance scheme to cover private sector workers and relatives and to be made compulsory to SSC contributors and their family dependents. This action, supported by Belgian and Portuguese expertise, provided the SSC with a mapping of approaches to referral mechanisms with their pros and cons as well as a roadmap for adopting a referral system.
    Partner Institution
    Social Security Corporation
    Type of Assistance
    Institutional capacity building
  • Improving the system of monitoring and evaluation of social projects within the framework of grant funding for NGOs

    Start activities
    24-10-2022
    End activities
    17-02-2023
    Code
    2022-14
    Description
    Civil Initiatives Support Center (CISC) created in 2016 is the operator for all public and some private grants delivered to Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) in Kazakhstan. Its mission is to maintain relations of confidence and transparency between the state and CSOs and to support the development of civil society in Kazakhstan in terms of funding as well as capacity building. Through the expertise from Romania and Portugal, this action supported CISC to make more efficient, transparent and homogenous the assessment of initial grant applications and the activities of monitoring and evaluation applied when the grant projects are being implemented. New procedures were proposed, and CISC staff and independent assessors were trained.
    Partner Institution
    Non-profit joint-stock company "Center for Support of Civil Initiatives"
    Type of Assistance
    Organisational capacity building
  • Methodology for processing “Medium-term development program for people with disabilities and their families (2023-2025)”

    Start activities
    31-10-2022
    End activities
    19-05-2023
    Code
    2022-12
    Description
    The Action has mainly resulted in information sharing and methodological support. The General Authority for development of persons with disabilities intended to develop a strategic approach for serving persons with disabilities at its best. To this goal, SOCIEUX+ mobilized an extraordinary, diversified expertise from Finland, France, Italy, Portugal, Romania, and Sweden, for the very purpose of exposing the Partner to a varied set of models and practices. Individual capacity building of Partner’s staff has been part of this strategy. The last step of the cooperation has been to set up a full-fledged methodology on how to develop a medium-term action plan for persons with disabilities and their families, inclusive of potential actions and services inspired by EU best practices fostering social inclusion and independent living.
    Partner Institution
    General authority for development of persons with disabilities
    Type of Assistance
    Policy development, Individual capacity building (human resources development)
  • Developing procedure of selection and certification of the disability assessors and SOP of Disability Assessment Centres

    Start activities
    15-08-2022
    End activities
    10-02-2023
    Code
    2022-10
    Description
    The Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs of Armenia embarked on a significant reform initiative to transition towards the ICF-based approach for disability assessment and eligibility rule, establishing 48 ICF Disability Assessment Centres (DACs) nationwide. Through peer-to-peer cooperation with experts mobilized by SOCIEUX+ from Greece and Cyprus, a Training of Trainers Manual was developed to implement the new methodology, alongside an e-learning course template for assessor training and certification. Staff at the DACs was trained to use the available test results and to better assign the correct IFC qualifier. A workflow tool was created to streamline administrative and scientific procedures at DACs, emphasizing the role of case managers and 86 trainee case managers were trained to support assessment committees effectively, managing e-code information and enhancing vignette development quality. Paramedics and active case managers participated in workshops to optimize test usage and appointment scheduling for clients to be assesed. This comprehensive approach enhanced the operational efficiency and quality of disability assessment services in Armenia.
    Partner Institution
    Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs
    Type of Assistance
    Organisational management (structures & functions)
  • Improving and structuring social services in Uzbekistan

    Start activities
    16-11-2022
    End activities
    15-05-2023
    Code
    2022-09
    Partner Institution
    Agency for the Development of Medical and Social Services of the Republic of Uzbekistan
    Type of Assistance
    Legislative & regulatory framework development
  • Setting up a comprehensive internal capacity-building and training system for MoSD

    Start activities
    27-06-2022
    End activities
    03-03-2023
    Code
    2022-07
    Description
    The Ministry of Social Development (MoSD) of Palestine is the leader, coordinator and organizer of the social development sector and is responsible for developing policies and trends, in addition to the tasks of control and supervision. The MoSD is committed to invest in developing the skills and knowledge of all employees to boost performance, achieve strategic objectives, and enhance service delivery to citizens. As a result of the mobilization of public expertise from Bulgaria, Belgium and France in the framework of SOCIEUX+, an assessment of capacities and skills requirements was conducted. This led to the formulation of a capacity-building and monitoring & evaluation (M&E) training strategy for the MoSD, along with providing the necessary functional design, elements, and tools for establishing a Training Management System (TMS).
    Partner Institution
    Ministry of Social Development (MoSD)
    Type of Assistance
    Organisational management (structures & functions)
  • Capacity building and functional review of the Department of Social Policy, Research and Planning (DSPRP)

    Start activities
    25/07/2022
    End activities
    10/02/2023
    Code
    2022-06
    Partner Institution
    Ministry of Social Transformation, Human Resource Development and the Blue Economy
    Type of Assistance
    Institutional capacity building
  • Technical assistance for the evaluation of the real cost of health care procedures and the updating of the basic prices for the reimbursement of health care services

    Start activities
    05/09/2022
    End activities
    24-02-2023
    Code
    2022-05
    Description
    The National Health Insurance Institute (INAM) of Togo is a SOCIEUX+ long-standing partner. Together, strategic and organizational topics have been addressed, thus enhancing INAM’s role into the management of health insurance, particularly in view of the roll-out of the 2021 Law instituting the Universal Health Coverage (UHC). This Action focused on specific components of health insurance management such as tariffication of health procedures and the assessment of the quality/performance of health service provision covered by the insurance. Experts from Belgium and France helped updating the reimbursement prices of a sample, based on a price-setting methodology that will remain in INAM’s availability.
    Partner Institution
    National Health Insurance Institute [Institut National d?Assurance Maladie du Togo] (INAM)
    Type of Assistance
    Organisational capacity building
  • Strengthening capacities of the public health insurance fund in Uzbekistan in the area of price setting

    Start activities
    23-06-2022
    End activities
    20-03-2023
    Code
    2022-01
    Description
    Uzbekistan State Health Insurance Fund established in December 2020 is invested with the mandate to improve the access to healthcare services and the efficiency of the sector. At the initial stage, the fund is responsible for the formulation and piloting of new public health funding schemes. The peer-to-peer cooperation with the experts from Estonia, France, Czech Republic, and Germany reinforced the capacities of the Fund to manage this process, from identification of packages of reimbursable healthcare services to proposing guidelines for the price-setting mechanism and performance-based assessment. The Fund was also supported in implementing the pilot project in one of the regions.
    Partner Institution
    State Fund Health Insurance
    Type of Assistance
    Organisational capacity building
  • Set-up of a foster care system for minors without parental support and protection

    Start activities
    23-05-2022
    End activities
    24-03-2022
    Code
    2021-24
    Description
    In Kazakhstan, the Commissioner for Children’s is engaged into deinstitutionalization reform as a lead of a consortium of NGOs, childcare institutions, and state administration. Professional foster families are considered an alternative to institutional placement for children without parental care. Through the peer-to-peer cooperation with the experts from Croatia and the Czech Republic, a set of methodological guidelines was developed with recommendations for different stages of working with foster families, from identification and selection to continuous support and evaluation. The outputs of the action also include the training curricula for prospective foster parents elaborated on the basis of EU countries best practices and good examples from Kazakhstan organizations. Finally, the action was an occasion for the partners to discover the practical set up of alternative care and services provision for vulnerable children during a study visit to Czech Republic (Prague, Pardubice).
    Partner Institution
    Commissioner for Children's Rights
    Type of Assistance
    Institutional capacity building
  • Comprehensive review of Botswana’s Worker’s Compensation framework, to develop a national framework reform proposal

    Start activities
    25-04-2022
    End activities
    10-12-2022
    Code
    2022-03
    Description
    The Department of OSH at Ministry of Labour and Home Affairs of Botswana was working on exploring whether and how it would be feasible to replace employer liability provisions with a system of workers’ compensation based on social insurance. As a result of the mobilization of public expertise from Germany, Italy, Spain and Slovenia in the framework of SOCIEUX+, the current national legislation and regulatory framework on workers' compensation was assessed against existing best practice and international standards and guidance and recommendations were provided for updating the current national legislation and regulatory framework, based on feasibility, technical capacity and sustainability considerations.
    Partner Institution
    Ministry of Labour and Home Affairs (MLHA)
    Type of Assistance
    Legislative & regulatory framework development
  • Operational Review of the National Health Insurance Scheme in Zambia

    Start activities
    18-04-2022
    End activities
    30-09-2022
    Code
    2022-02
    Partner Institution
    National Health Insurance Management Authority
    Type of Assistance
    Institutional capacity building
  • Capacity building for the improvement of the Brazilian second pillar pension governance and supervision of the legal and regulatory framework

    Start activities
    21-02-2022
    End activities
    21-10-2022
    Code
    2021-23
    Description
    The Associação Cearense dos Economiários Aposentados e Pensionistas (ACEA) reached out to SOCIEUX+ in order to provide capacity building, in the form of e-learning courses, to members of Brazilian organizations defending the rights of pensioners. ACEA noticed a clear need for members of such organizations to gain more extensive knowledge on governance, management, and supervision of occupational pension funds, in order to detect shortfalls in the system, apply due diligence, and prevent mismanagement and fraudulent behaviors. The e-learnings, crafted by Portuguese, Spanish, German, and French expertise covered topics such as basic knowledge of the functioning of second pillar pension funds, best practices for regulation and supervision of funds, legal and regulatory frameworks governing second pillar pension funds. This successful e-learnings were followed by hundreds of participants from various parts of Brazil.
    Partner Institution
    Cearense Association of Economists Pensioners and Retirees (ACEA)
    Type of Assistance
    Individual capacity building (human resources development)
  • Capacity building for the empowerment of the national disability associative movement

    Start activities
    25-04-2022
    End activities
    31/07/2022
    Code
    2021-22
    Description
    The Action contributed to a process of improvement of the institutional framework and enhancement of the Partner’s individual capacities to establish relationships with the external environment on matters relating to the protection and development of persons with disabilities. , both in terms of working in synergy with potential/existing partners (result 1) and increasing their outreach to the larger public (result 2). Empowerment, leadership and advocacy have been addressed as key elements for empowering the Secretaría Nacional de Discapacidad to outreach target groups, including the vast landscape of NGOs defending and promoting the rights of persons with disabilities. Peer experts from Portugal and Spain delivered a mapping of the institutional landscape, deployed training on advocacy, communication and networking, and finally drafted a roadmap aimed to strengthen institutional relationships and governance mechanisms for the disability sector.
    Partner Institution
    National Disability Secretariat [Secretaría Nacional de Discapacidad]
    Type of Assistance
    Organisational capacity building
  • Characterisation of the social protection’s supply and demand of the population of informal street vendors in two pilot cities in Colombia (Barranquilla and Cali)

    Start activities
    10/05/2021
    End activities
    28-10-2022
    Code
    2021-09
    Description
    The Ministry of Interior of Colombia wished to look into the issue of informal street vendors with the support of SOCIEUX+. The Action contributed to the territorial implementation of the Public Policy for Informal Vendors in 2 pilot cities (Barranquilla & Cali). Spanish experts participated to the development of at least two major practical instruments, namely a socio-economic analysis of informal street vendors, and a toolkit apt to guide the analysis of the demand of and needs in social protection of informal street vendors, and mapped available social protection options that may be used to cover informal workers from basic risks, such as health coverage, family support, and professional sickness and accidents.
    Partner Institution
    Ministry of the Interior [Ministerio del Interior]
    Type of Assistance
    Institutional capacity building
  • Overall Assessment of the Disability Sector in the State of Mauritius

    Start activities
    12/04/2021
    End activities
    02/11/2022
    Code
    2020-37
    Description
    This action was implemented in parallel to the action 2020-35, with the Ministry of Social Integration, Social Security and National Solidarity, in view of complimenting the efforts to create the action plan for Persons living with Disabilities. Experts from Belgium, Germany, the Netherlands, Spain, France and Finland worked towards a goal of having a comprehensive picture of the current actors, governance mechanisms, services, legislation, and policies for persons with disabilities in Mauritius.
    Partner Institution
    Ministry of Social Integration, Social Security and National Solidarity
    Type of Assistance
    Institutional capacity building
  • Elaboration of an Action Plan on Disability and setting up of a Monitoring and Evaluation mechanism

    Start activities
    06/12/2021
    End activities
    03/04/2022
    Code
    2020-35
    Description
    The Ministry of Social Integration, Social Security and National Solidarity and its Disability Empowerment Unit requested SOCIEUX+ assistance in designing the National Action Plan 2021-2025 for Persons living with Disabilities (PwD). The peer to peer technical assistance represented by Swedish, Portuguese, Lithuanian, and French expertise allowed to develop a plan focusing on services provided to PwDs as well as governance of the disability sector. This plan aims to improve the policies concerning PwDs in the State of Mauritius, as well as the services provided to them, and creates an enabling environment for collaborative social initiatives to empower persons with disabilities.
    Partner Institution
    Ministry of Social Integration, Social Security and National Solidarity
    Type of Assistance
    Institutional capacity building
  • National Forum on Maternal and Child Health: Lessons learned from PIMI II (Programa Integrado de Redução da Morte Materna e Infantil) and perspectives

    Start activities
    08/03/2021
    End activities
    12/04/2021
    Code
    2020-31
    Description
    The request concerned a single activity for SOCIEUX+ to participate in a national conference on child and maternal health, organized by the Ministry of Public Health in collaboration with the EU-funded PIMI II’s programme. Due to the COVID-related travel restrictions, SOCIEUX+ experts from Portugal remotely participated to the national conference showcasing EU experiences relating to social protection financing and access to health, especially in the field of child and maternal health.
    Partner Institution
    Ministry of Public Health [Ministério de Saúde Pública] (MINSAP)
    Type of Assistance
    Awareness raising (roundtables, seminars, workshops, etc)
  • Maintenance of the disability assessment formula

    Start activities
    18/01/2021
    End activities
    08/06/2021
    Code
    2020-24
    Description
    The Ministry of Labour and Social Protection (MLSP) of Armenia has been engaged into a disability assessment reform and introduction of functional and human-rights based approach to disability. As a part of a longer cooperation between the Ministry and SOCIEUX+, this short action conducted exclusively remotely aimed at measuring the participation of persons with disabilities in the disability assessment formula. In this action, MLSP was supported by their peers from Greece.
    Partner Institution
    Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs of the Republic of Armenia
    Type of Assistance
    Legislative & regulatory framework development
  • Building individual capacities on functional disability assessment

    Start activities
    oct-2021
    End activities
    29-10-2021
    Code
    2020-23
    Description
    The Ministry of Labour and Social Protection of Armenia has been engaged into a disability assessment reform and introduction of functional and human-rights based approach to disability. As a part of a longer cooperation between the Ministry and SOCIEUX+, this action was particularly focused on building up the capacities of multidisciplinary teams of professionals who conduct disability assessment in line with new rules and using protocols based on the International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health (ICF) adjusted to the context of Armenia. A team of 20 trainers (doctors, paramedical and social work professionals) was set up and benefited from a training on functional disability assessment logic and practices by experts from Greece and Cyprus mobilised by SOCIEUX+.
    Partner Institution
    Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs of the Republic of Armenia
    Type of Assistance
    Individual capacity building (human resources development)
  • Linking disability assessment to social protection service provision for People with Disabilities (PdWs)

    Start activities
    18/01/2021
    End activities
    15-03-2022
    Code
    2020-21
    Description
    The Ministry of Labour and Social Protection of Armenia has been engaged into a disability assessment reform and introduction of functional and human-rights based approach to disability. As a part of a longer cooperation between the Ministry and SOCIEUX+, this action was particularly focused on linkage between disability assessment and services that persons with disabilities are entitled to receive from social protection system. Experts from Greece and France supported the Ministry in elaboration of guidelines for social workers and members of disability assessment commissions on how to identify beneficiary’s needs for social and functional-related services (including assistive technologies) in line with person’s age, disability type and level, administer those services, monitor their effectiveness and efficiency and evaluate them.
    Partner Institution
    Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs of the Republic of Armenia
    Type of Assistance
    Legislative & regulatory framework development
  • Community-based information on prevention of COVID-19 infections

    Start activities
    18/01/2021
    End activities
    04/09/2021
    Code
    2020-22
    Description
    This one-off action aimed to raise general awareness on communication strategies for reaching out to local communities, including but not limited to Covid-19 response. The activity consisted in a series of workshops providing a general-purpose methodology on social marketing and a series of relevant case studies. The result is a set of tools that the Partner will integrate in the current communication strategy.
    Partner Institution
    National Social Safety Nets Coordinating Office (NASSCO)
    Type of Assistance
    Awareness raising (roundtables, seminars, workshops, etc)
  • Strengthening the NASSCO’s capacity for the development of a database of Poor and Vulnerable Households (PVHHs) in shock response

    Start activities
    04/01/2021
    End activities
    24-03-2022
    Code
    2020-20
    Description
    This Action fell within the scope of DEVCO-ILO project with NASSCO “Strengthening and Expanding the National Social Registry (NSR) as a shock-responsive social protection system in Nigeria”. Experts from France and Germany first assessed individual capacity needs on knowledge management for informing policies for building social protection systems. Based on the assessment a training was delivered and a methodology and a series M&E tools on tracking staff performance were jointly built. Experts from Belgium and France then provided guidance on data security for NASSCO’ monitoring and information system (MIS). The activity consisted in the combination of synchronous and asynchronous training modules on SOCIEUX+ e-learning platform around the two topics of data policies and procedures and data sensitivity and security.
    Partner Institution
    National Social Safety Nets Coordinating Office (NASSCO)
    Type of Assistance
    Organisational capacity building
  • Assessment of School Feeding Programme for pre-primary and primary school in Zanzibar

    Start activities
    15/10/2020
    End activities
    15/12/2020
    Code
    2020-19
    Description
    The Action served the purpose of assessing the state of the art and actual institutional arrangements involved in the implementation of the Zanzibar School Feeding Programme (SFP), providing fresh meals to all Zanzibar’s pre-primary public schools. A situation analysis was carried out by experts from Bulgaria and Italy who focused on three key aspects: the optimal capitation grants to adequately cover the SFP’s operational costs; the current school feeding supply chain, as well as the administrative and organizational arrangements in place; and the identification of operational bottlenecks to the efficient running of the SFP. The report shall be of use for the institution – namely the Ministry of Education of the Government of Zanzibar - that will be in charge of running the SFP.
    Partner Institution
    President’s Office, Regional Administration, Local Government and Special Departments (PORALGSD)
    Type of Assistance
    Organisational capacity building
  • Support in the implementation of the policy of health and social action of the CPPF for insured people

    Start activities
    01/12/2020
    End activities
    03/08/2021
    Code
    2020-15
    Description
    The Caisse des Pensions et des Prestations Familiales des Agents de l'Etat (CPPF) of Gabon is a long-standing SOCIEUX+ partner. In this circumstance, CPPF wished to explore suitable options for extending social assistance coverage, in particular with regards to health and social action policies for government employees in vulnerable situations. Experts from Finland and France, plus a former SOCIEUX+ partner from Ivory Coast, have showcased EU and international models of health and social action policies for state agents, then co-drafted a strategic and operational guidance note that details the set-up of the institutional and organizational arrangements needed to deploy such a social assistance scheme.
    Partner Institution
    Pension and Family Benefits Fund for State Agents (CPPF)
    Type of Assistance
    Institutional capacity building
  • Development of the consolidated risk mapping

    Start activities
    04/01/2021
    End activities
    31/07/2021
    Code
    2020-13
    Description
    The Action targeted organizational and individual capacities in the area of internal risks management. Peers from Germany and France first analyzed the mechanisms and procedures for analyzing and managing insurance-related risks pertaining to various schemes run by the CPPF. They further deployed training sessions to the benefit of CPPF’s relevant staff on insurance-related risk mapping and management.
    Partner Institution
    Pension and Family Benefits Fund for State Agents
    Type of Assistance
    Organisational capacity building
  • Capacity building on social protection for persons with disability

    Start activities
    15/09/2020
    End activities
    17/06/2022
    Code
    2020-09
    Description
    The National Social Protection Council (NSPC) of Cambodia has the mandate to develop, supervise and regulate the social protection system and to ensure harmonization of the different strategies, policies and other social protection activities, including for the people with disabilities. To the three activities, deployed at distance, contributed experts from France, Portugal, Spain, Greece and Finland, who first presented international and EU best practices and cases with regards to social protection coverage of people with disabilities. A mapping of the existing policies, measures, initiatives, both from national institutions and development partners was then co-developed, with a view to identifying possible coverage gaps or inconsistencies. The final activity coached NSPC’s staff on building a methodology for developing an action plan for disability-inclusive social protection.
    Partner Institution
    National Social Protection Council
    Type of Assistance
    Policy development
  • Enhancing rehabilitation capacities of Workers Compensation Fund

    Start activities
    23/11/2020
    End activities
    26/03/2021
    Code
    2020-07
    Description
    The Workers Compensation Fund (WCF) of Tanzania leads the Occupational Health and Safety (OSH) insurance branch. It requested SOCIEUX+ to enhance its internal capacities to deal with rehabilitation of workers affected by work-related injuries and/or sickness. In the course of four training activities experts mobilized by the German Association of Accident Insurance (DGUV) provided to WCF staff an introduction on rehabilitation management, tackled procedures case managers have to deploy, and strengthened WCF and its partners’ knowledge in the field of labour medicine. The four training activities involved WCF technical and administrative staff as well as staff from collaborative medical facilities and touched up several OSH-related areas such as legislative framework, case management, medical notions, communication to right-holders. The activities progressively identified gaps and proposed recommendations for further action.
    Partner Institution
    Workers Compensation Fund (WCF)
    Type of Assistance
    Individual capacity building (human resources development)
  • Feasibility study for the establishment of a compulsory or voluntary health insurance mechanism in Kongo Central

    Start activities
    05/04/2021
    End activities
    30/06/2022
    Code
    2020-06
    Description
    SOCIEUX+ has been solicited by the Ministry of Health and Social Affairs of the Province of Kongo Central to formulate a feasibility study regarding the establishment of a compulsory or voluntary health insurance mechanism in the Province. To this end, SOCIEUX+ facilitated exchanges (on site and on-line) between the national partners (including mutualist organizations) and European experts in the field of health systems (financing, governance and health care delivery). Several experts from France delivered an inventory of the health system’s components in place in the province of Kongo Central, then a study on the financial feasibility of the health insurance system, and a prospective study on how such a health insurance system should be governed and organized.
    Partner Institution
    Kongo Central Provincial Government [Gouvernement provincial du Kongo Central]
    Type of Assistance
    Institutional capacity building
  • Development of a Strategic Plan for the ECASSA Institute of Social Protection (EISP)

    Start activities
    01/09/2020
    End activities
    31/10/2020
    Code
    2020-05
    Partner Institution
    East and Central Africa Social Security Association (ECASSA) Institute of Social Protection (EISP)
    Type of Assistance
    Organisational capacity building
  • Organisational capacity building on Management Information Systems

    Start activities
    01/10/2020
    End activities
    24/12/2020
    Code
    2020-03
    Description
    The East and Central Africa Social Security Association (ECASSA) brings together social security entities in the African subregion. The Association runs an Institute for Social Protection (EISP) to offer vocational training for professionals of the organizations in charge of social protection in ECASSA member countries. The experts from French institutions provided both academic and IT expertise to outline the main requirements and specifications for a new information management system on the Institute and developed a set of guidelines of for the implementation of IT solutions for the management of the IESP.
    Partner Institution
    East and Central Africa Social Security Association (ECASSA) Institute of Social Protection (EISP)
    Type of Assistance
    Organisational capacity building
  • Technical support on rehabilitation services and capacity building

    Start activities
    01/09/2020
    End activities
    09/04/2021
    Code
    2019-35
    Description
    The Workers Compensation Fund (WCF) of Tanzania asked SOCIEUX+ to help looking into its own rehabilitation strategy, in the perspective of addressing gaps and plan improvements thanks to inspirational exchanges with EU peer experts. Experts from Germany (the German Association of Accident Insurance – DGUV) and Lithuania first overviewed the existing WCF’s rehabilitation strategies, then provided technical advice for its improvement; they particularly stressed the importance to conceive rehabilitation work in relation to the three distinct dimensions physical, social, and vocational rehabilitation, all important for allowing injured works to go back to active professional life.
    Partner Institution
    Workers Compensation Fund (WCF)
    Type of Assistance
    Policy development
  • Guidelines for tackling cases of school bullying or violence for the Procuradurías for the protection of children and adolescents

    Start activities
    01/10/2020
    End activities
    30/12/2020
    Code
    2019-34
    Description
    Only one activity was carried out following a request from Mexico’s National System for Integral Family Development to elaborate and transfer to case managers and prosecutors a set of guidelines for tackling bullying and violence in schools. Experts from Portugal and Spain brought examples from their own systems to the attention of partners and produced a first draft of the guidelines, according to a psycho-social approach incorporated as a basic targeted social service as part of the school system.
    Partner Institution
    National System for Integral Family Development
    Type of Assistance
    Policy development
  • Regulations of the Law of the Institute of Security and Social Services of Workers of the State of Campeche

    Start activities
    03/02/2019
    End activities
    15/11/2019
    Code
    2018-15
    Description
    Based on the outcomes of previous Action 2016-15, which resulted in the preparation of a text of Law for updating the social security Law of the Mexican State of Campeche, the present action co-constructed the administrative regulations necessary for the Law's implementation. This process was steered by a team of experts coming from Spain throughout three activities, which also included a capacity-building of ISSSTECAM staff on regulatory methods.
    Partner Institution
    Institute of Security and Social Services of Workers
    Type of Assistance
    Legislative & regulatory framework development
  • Definition of a national social assistance policy

    Start activities
    15/03/2019
    End activities
    10/01/2020
    Code
    2019-09
    Description
    This Action provided the partner with a qualitative and quantitative analysis of the situation and the formal framework of social action in Côte d'Ivoire, particularly with regard to the situation of the elderly. Furthermore, experts from France have developed draft national policy documents including concrete recommendations of policy measures – some immediately exploitable, other requiring more preparation and concertation – the partner has agreed with, which may support decision-making and policy dialogue, both at the intergovernmental level and with regards of other stakeholders (particular attention is paid to the territorial level and the role of voluntary and non-profit organizations).
    Partner Institution
    Ministry of Employment and Social Protection [Ministère de l?Emploi et de la Protection Sociale] (MEPS)
    Type of Assistance
    Policy development
  • Analysis of the Social Security Law of the State of Yucatan

    Start activities
    27/02/2019
    End activities
    03/01/2020
    Code
    2019-08
    Description
    The Institute of Social Security for State Workers of Yucatan requested SOCIEUX+ assistance in view of the reform of the State Law on Social Security with the goal of introducing normative arrangements that may ensure the financial sustainability of services and payments to rightsholders. The comprehensive reform proposal is largely based on European experiences of similar reforming efforts of pensions systems. In particular, the teams of public experts from Spain have focused on the existing challenges to the Institute’s financial reserves and formulated proposals aimed to increase the financial sustainability of the Institute’s accounts; they have taken inspiration in the formulation of reforms’ proposals, to European trends in the determination of the balanced income of the system, formulas of taxation, determination of the requirements for access to pensions and their calculation. The final, concrete result of the cooperation is a reviewed text of Law introducing articles and norms that act on the economic and financial sustainability of the Institute’s accounts.
    Partner Institution
    Institute of Social Security for State Workers of Yucatan [Instituto de Seguridad Social de los Trabajadores del Estado de Yucatan] (ISSTEY)
    Type of Assistance
    Legislative & regulatory framework development
  • Consolidation of the strategy

    Start activities
    01/02/2019
    End activities
    30/07/2020
    Code
    2019-02
    Description
    The second cooperation between IPES and SOCIEUX+ aimed to guide the implementation of the psychosocial care component of the strategy “Modelo de Atencion Integral” intended to provide ad-hoc support to vulnerable informal street vendors in the streets of Bogota. The ultimate aim of the strategy and the “Modelo” is to provide some sort of social security coverage and support to a category that has traditionally be excluded from formal social security schemes. Experts from Italy and Spain have facilitated the creation of a working group made up by local entities that are in a position to, or actually provide social services to which the target population would be eligible. They then helped defining of a unified conceptual and methodological psycho-social intervention model applicable by the IPES sub-directorates and exploitable by field agents.
    Partner Institution
    Institute for Social Economy [Instituto para la Economia Social] (IPES)
    Type of Assistance
    Policy development
  • Professional risks in the public sector

    Start activities
    14/03/2019
    End activities
    20/12/2019
    Code
    2019-05
    Description
    The Pension and Family Benefits Fund for State Agents (CPPF) of Gabon shared with SOCIEUX+ its intention to expand the package of benefits available to its right-holders, namely State agents, by including insurance coverage for professional accidents and diseases State agents may run into in the deployment of the statutory functions. In that perspective, mobilized public experts from France and Luxembourg have first established an inventory of the existing system of coverage of risks linked to occupational diseases and accidents at work of Gabonese public officials, then drafted normative texts that can duly amend the scope of the system of benefits provided by CPPF, for extending coverage to occupational safety and health risks.
    Partner Institution
    Pension and Family Benefits Fund for State Agents [Caisse des Pensions et des Prestations Familiales des Agents de l'Etat] (CPPF)
    Type of Assistance
    Policy development
  • Assessing viability of microfinance for creating opportunities for social protection coverage of atypical workers

    Start activities
    25-02-2019
    End activities
    12-06-2020
    Code
    2019-01
    Description
    This technical cooperation action has allowed to deepen the Partner’s understanding of the possibilities (and the difficulties) linked to the promotion of micro-insurance for providing essential coverage to uninsured workers. A specific target population has been indicated by the Ministry of Labour and Employment Promotion of Peru as main target group: the dockers of the agricultural market of La Vitoria, in the outskirts of Lima. Experts’ teams – from France, Italy and Spain - have met and discussed with the representatives of the dockers and their unions, in order to explore whether the option of a micro-insurance that meet basic-coverage needs with regards to pensions and the risk of running into working-related sickness or accidents, could represent a suitable option for the workers. Experts also met with private micro-finance organizations in order to explore the actual micro-insurance plan that could be proposed to the dockers.
    Partner Institution
    Ministry of Labour and Employment Promotion [Ministerio de Trabajo y Promoción del Empleo]
    Type of Assistance
  • Drafting guideline and legal documents for the Regulation and Supervision on Social Security Fund

    Start activities
    21/10/2019
    End activities
    09/06/2020
    Code
    2019-26
    Description
    The Action has channeled knowledge to the staff of the Cambodia’s National Social Protection Committee (NSPC ) on the guiding principles inherent to investment policies, regulation and supervision of the social security system. This happened in a phase of passing legislation building the social security system governance in Cambodia, as well as its core rules of functioning. Mobilized experts from Finland and Lithuania accompanied the Partner’s reflection on the role of the NSPC as main regulator and supervisor of the social security system in Cambodia. In that purpose, regulatory texts have been jointly prepared, such as one settling the function of regulation and supervision of social security operator, the code of conduct for staff of the NSCP, the guidelines for policy disclosure, for e-audit and risk management within social security schemes, and investment guidelines. A study-visit to Finland was also implemented in the framework of the Action: the Cambodian delegation has been hosted by the University of Helsinki, the Finnish Pension Alliance, the Finnish Centre of Pensions, the Finance inspection, and the Social Insurance Institution.
    Partner Institution
    Ministry of Economy and Finances
    Type of Assistance
    Legislative & regulatory framework development
  • Development of Occupational Safety and Health in Nigeria

    Start activities
    09/07/2019
    End activities
    04/09/2020
    Code
    2019-13
    Description
    A series of training sessions and a study visit to Germany have addressed the partner’s request to promote a preventative safety and health culture in the workplace. The Safety Advocacy and Empowerment Foundation cooperates with the Lagos State Safety Commission in view to ensure the adequate occupational safety and health preventive and reactive measures are in place in the factories and firms of one of the most industrialized regions in the whole Africa. Training delivered by experts belonging to the German Association of Accident Insurance (DGUV) concerned principles of prevention, assessing risks in the workplace, the ‘Vision Zero’ concept, and the specific area of road safety.
    Partner Institution
    Safety Advocacy and Empowerment Foundation
    Type of Assistance
    Individual capacity building (human resources development)
  • Strengthening of the monitoring and evaluation system at the Ministry of Social Development

    Start activities
    23-09-2019
    End activities
    10/06/2020
    Code
    2019-25
    Description
    The Action has served the purpose of preparing the terms of reference for the provision of technical assistance for “Strengthening (…) the monitoring and evaluation (M&E) system of the Palestinian Ministry of Social Development (MoSD)”. The outcome of the Action is also at a more general level. An assessment of the current weaknesses of the M&E in operation at MoSD has allowed to open a debate about the possible ways to improve it, which resulted in the definition of a shared vision by the management of MoSD on the nature and purposes of a M&E system. Peer experts working with Palestinian counterparts came from public administrations of Ireland, Lithuania, and the Netherlands.
    Partner Institution
    Ministry of Social Development (MoSD)
    Type of Assistance
    Organisational management (structures & functions)
  • Analysis of the pension legislative framework and strategic guidance

    Start activities
    16/08/2016
    End activities
    28/03/2017
    Code
    2016-04
    Description
    An assessment report of the existing pension legal framework has been elaborated by experts from Bulgaria and Latvia identifying gaps, risks and challenges, and formulating specific mitigation strategies and measures. The experts also prepared a compendium of requirements for the implementation of the legal framework, taking into account the administrative functions needed to operationalize the system. Following this, experts from Latvia and Lithuania produced a functional assessment and reviewed the business processes and workflows of the Agency for Social Insurance and Pensions (ASIP) of Tajikistan in view of their adequacy in terms of human and material resources, technical competencies and tools, corporate organization and workflows. In particular, experts reviewed the current methodologies, formulas and processes used by ASIP for the calculation of pension benefits.
    Partner Institution
    Gency for Social Insurance and Pensions (ASIP)
    Type of Assistance
    Legislative & regulatory framework development
  • Advice on sustainability and investment of pension funds

    Start activities
    24/10/2018
    End activities
    02/08/2019
    Code
    2018-28
    Description
    The Action had an essential capacity building motive. The National Social Protection Committee of Cambodia – a long-standing SOCIEUX+ partner - wishes to enhance its role as a guardian and a regulator of an expanded and reformed social protection system. The present Action focused on pensions, in the light of the planned reform, which finally came into force in 2022, bringing in the system private sector workers, together with public civil servants. NSPC’s staff have received significant exposure to EU and international cases and practices, particularly on the issue of (sustainably) financing pensions. Relevant international standards were presented by experts from Finland and Lithuania, with a focus on taxation, collection of contributions, the very build-up of a pension system, and its financing.
    Partner Institution
    Ministry of Economy and Finances
    Type of Assistance
    Individual capacity building (human resources development)
  • Support in the implementation of a health financing reform and introduction of mandatory health insurance

    Start activities
    11-04-2016
    End activities
    24-11-2017
    Code
    2015-23
    Description
    Peer-to-peer exchanges involving experts from Croatia, Estonia, France, Lithuania, and the United Kingdom supported the State Agency for Mandatory Health Insurance (SAMHI) of Azerbaijan in setting the stage for the introduction of a mandatory health insurance scheme. First, experts advised on the national policy paper “Concept for Health Financing Reform and Introduction of Mandatory Health Insurance” and the Action Plan for its implementation, with a particular attention to the development of indicators for performance assessment of healthcare providers. A study-visit to Estonia allowed Azeris officials to witness how mandatory health insurance was introduced in a country transitioned from a former Soviet model. The final action’s deliverable was a roadmap detailing the concrete steps for the reform of the health system based on mandatory health insurance.
    Partner Institution
    State Agency for Mandatory Health Insurance (under the Cabinet of Ministers)
    Type of Assistance
    Legislative & regulatory framework development
  • Support to the International Forum on health coverage in the CIPRES area

    Start activities
    03/03/2019
    End activities
    03/05/2019
    Code
    2018-32
    Description
    The Conférence Interafricaine de la Prévoyance Sociale (CIPRES) is a long-standing partner of SOCIEUX+. It gathers social security entities from 18 countries, mainly from Francophone Africa. In this circumstance the CIPRES Secretariat requested SOCIEUX+ to mobilize two public experts to share their country experiences and models on the occasion of the annual Forum on health coverage in the CIPRES area. Experts from France and Luxembourg have covered the following themes: an intervention of the financing of universal health coverage and good practices on the governance of organizations running health insurance schemes. The Forum took place in Lomé (Togo) in March 2019.
    Partner Institution
    Conférence Interafricaine de la Prévoyance Sociale (CIPRES)
    Type of Assistance
  • 2nd International Forum on Pensions in the CIPRES zone

    Start activities
    22-10-2018
    End activities
    27-10-2018
    Code
    2018-25
    Description
    The Conférence Interafricaine de la Prévoyance Sociale (CIPRES) is a long-standing SOCIEUX+ partner. It gathers social security entities from 18 countries, mainly from Francophone Africa. In this circumstance the CIPRES’ Secretariat requested SOCIEUX+ to mobilize public expertise to share EU country experiences and models on the occasion of the annual Forum on pension systems in the CIPRES area. A single expert from Lithuania took part to the Forum and delivered a presentation entitled: "Towards new models of pension system: European Union recommendations and comparative analysis".
    Partner Institution
    Conférence Interafricaine de la Prévoyance Sociale (CIPRES)
    Type of Assistance
    Regional events (awareness raising)
  • Capacity building of ECASSA’s members

    Start activities
    18-03-2019
    End activities
    22-03-2019
    Code
    2018-30
    Description
    The East and Central Africa Social Security Association (ECASSA) brings together social security entities in the African subregion. Through its partnership with SOCIEUX+, it aimed to deploy a set of training modules intended to upgrade the skills and competences available to staffs of the constituent organizations, on a number of relevant managerial and topic-related themes. A single training on “Human Resource Management for Non-Human Resource Managers” was delivered by experts from Belgium, with the participation of the ECASSA organizers and 10 relevant resource-persons of ECASSA member institutions. A compendium of 17 presentations has been made available by the experts to all participants of the training, and to ECASSA, which has further disseminated them among the larger membership.
    Partner Institution
    East and Central Africa Social Security Association (ECASSA)
    Type of Assistance
    Individual capacity building (human resources development)
  • Audit of the existing sectors and job descriptions at the CPPF

    Start activities
    14/03/2019
    End activities
    26/07/2019
    Code
    2019-04
    Description
    The Pension and Family Benefits Fund for State Agents (CPPF) of Gabon requested SOCIEUX+ support on organizational matters. In particular, CPPF wished to review and eventually improve its actual human resources management system. In the course of two activities, French experts have accompanied the analysis of the strengths and weaknesses of HR management at CPPF and put forward proposals and recommendations for improvement, mainly concerning the recruitment process, the (re)formulation job descriptions and the reorganization of functional and hierarchical responsibilities and workflows.
    Partner Institution
    Pension and Family Benefits Fund for State Agents [Caisse des Pensions et des Prestations Familiales des Agents de l'Etat] (CPPF)
    Type of Assistance
    Organisational capacity building
  • Support to implementation of the Management Information System (MIS) of the Zanzibar Universal Pension Scheme (ZUPS)

    Start activities
    20-11-2018
    End activities
    30/09/2019
    Code
    2018-27
    Description
    The Action supported the Ministry of Empowerment, Social Welfare, Youth, Women and Children of Zanzibar in the roll-out of the MIS system for social pensions in Zanzibar (Pemba and Unguja). Experts from Germany and Spain provided technical advice and quality assurance, and ensured, with the participation of the UNICEF country office, that all actors achieved their tasks in due time. The main contribution of the experts was to keep the process on the right track, both in terms of technical requirements and implementation pace.
    Partner Institution
    Ministry of Empowerment, Social Welfare, Youth, Women and Children
    Type of Assistance
    Information management systems
  • Design of a comprehensive training plan for State Social Security Institutions

    Start activities
    12/11/2018
    End activities
    17/05/2019
    Code
    2018-20
    Description
    The Organización Nacional de Instituciones Estatales de Seguridad Social (ONIESS) is a platform gathering social security agencies of adhering Mexican states. Its role is one of policy coordination, capacity support of member organizations, and advocacy towards federal authorities in areas related to the social security mandate of the member organizations. In practice, ONIESS is primarily concerned with pension systems. Through this action, ONIESS has been supported by SOCIEUX+ mobilized experts from France and Spain to assess the needs in capacity building of the staffs of ONIESS’ member organizations and, on this basis, to formulate a comprehensive training plan. The plan encompasses four principal areas of concern, namely professional risks, the future of social security policy, financial and actuarial techniques, and administration and planning of social security schemes.
    Partner Institution
    Organización Nacional de Instituciones Estatales de Seguridad Social (ONIESS)
    Type of Assistance
    Organisational capacity building
  • Design of a work plan for the elaboration of a general diagnosis of social security in Mexico

    Start activities
    15-10-2018
    End activities
    03-04-2020
    Code
    2018-18
    Description
    The Organización Nacional de Instituciones Estatales de Seguridad Social (ONIESS) is a platform that brings together social security agencies from adhering Mexican states. SOCIEUX+ has supported the emergence and formal establishment of ONIESS through various actions (including 2017-17, 2015-24, and 2014-25). The present action supports ONIESS’ initial endeavors as decided by the General Assembly. ONIESS has been provided by experts from Belgium and Spain with two important tools, which are, from one side, the questionnaire for defining the characteristics, strengths and weaknesses of the different State social security systems and, from the other side, a draft proposal for a General Social Security Law. This document is to be conceived not as a ready-to-be-approved proposal of Law, but rather as a tool that allows ONIESS to set up a minimum common denominator defining their social security systems and engage in policy dialogue with the federal authorities over future proposals of reform of the social security system at large.
    Partner Institution
    Organización Nacional de Instituciones Estatales de Seguridad Social (ONIESS)
    Type of Assistance
    Legislative & regulatory framework development
  • Assessment mission to Niger

    Start activities
    Nov-13
    End activities
    Nov-13
    Code
    2013-01
    Partner Institution
    Cabinet of the Premier Minister, Social Protection
    Type of Assistance
    Capacity building
  • Advise on financial regulation of social protection (social insurance)

    Start activities
    Aug-2018
    End activities
    25-01-2019
    Code
    2018-04
    Description
    The technical cooperation developed with the Ministry of Economy and Finances of Cambodia has firstly contributed to building the capacity of policymakers and technical staff with regards to the design and set-up of a supervisory mandate over social protection schemes, in view of EU and international best practices and affirmed mechanisms. Furthermore, experts from Bulgaria, Germany, and Lithuania, and the partner, jointly identified concrete options of financial supervision and regulation of Social Protection schemes which are applicable to the Cambodian context.
    Partner Institution
    Ministry of Economy and Finances
    Type of Assistance
    Policy development
  • The role of a national health insurance institution in ensuring quality of services

    Start activities
    1-10-2019
    End activities
    4-10-2019
    Code
    2018-11
    Description
    The Action contributed to an increased understanding among relevant stakeholders and the National Health Insurance Board’s (NHIB) staff on the need for having a clearly defined benefit package included in health insurance, on the functions of a health insurance management agencies, and on their role in ensuring quality of healthcare services. Mobilized experts from Estonia, France, Hungary and Italy have also addressed the institutional, administrative and technical aspects required to hand over the management of the formal sector health insurance schemes to the NHIB in line with the national policy and regulations.
    Partner Institution
    Ministry of Health
    Type of Assistance
    Legislative & regulatory framework development
  • International Seminar: Suficiencia y Sustentabilidad Previsional: los retos de la Seguridad Social

    Start activities
    19/02/2018
    End activities
    20/03/2018
    Code
    2018-01
    Description
    Experts mobilized by SOCIEUX+ contributed to the panel "Reconciling sufficiency and sustainability. Lessons and experiences " through a presentation on the financing of Social Security in France, especially the design, implementation and results of the Generalized Social Contribution (CSG). A report prepared by the expert also addressed other components of Social Protection, including health expenditure, family benefits, compensation for loss of employment and insurance against occupational risks and diseases.
    Partner Institution
    Ministry of Labour, Employment and Social Security (MTEySS)
    Type of Assistance
    International events (awareness raising)
  • Introduction of a human-rights based approach to disability assessment and eligibility rules

    Start activities
    26/02/2018
    End activities
    09/03/2018
    Code
    2017-38
    Description
    This was the first request that the Ministry of Social Development of Armenia submitted to SOCIEUX+, in view to adopt a new methodology for disability assessment that be based on functional capacities rather than on purely medical conditions. In the course of four activities, managed by Greek expert’s teams, the partner accomplished the preparatory work required for the adoption of the International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health (ICF) and constructed most of the necessary components (scales and formulas) for a reliable, fair and suitable disability assessment system. Experts showcased the practical implications of the transition towards the ICF-based approach, then presented the processes and tools pertaining to disability assessment, and finally set up a strategy for communicating policy changes to relevant constituencies. An Armenian delegation, led by the vice-Minister of Social Development, visited assessment centers in Cyprus.
    Partner Institution
    Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs
    Type of Assistance
    Legislative & regulatory framework development
  • Improving technical management tools available to INAM

    Start activities
    02/04/2018
    End activities
    02/08/2019
    Code
    2017-39
    Description
    The experts’ contribution targeted several dimensions of organizational capacities and tools that are key to allow the Institut National d’Assurance Maladie (INAM) of Togo to efficiently run an extension of health insurance coverage to private sector’s workers and aim to full, universal coverage. Among the matters tackled by mobilized teams of experts from France, Italy, and Romania were contracting capabilities and management of agreements with health care providers, costing of medical procedures, and economic and actuarial analysis. The technical assistance has thus provided very specific, methodological and operational recommendations that aim to enlarge INAM’s set of tools and knowledge necessary to efficiently run health insurance.
    Partner Institution
    National Health Insurance Institute (INAM)
    Type of Assistance
    Organisational management (structures & functions)
  • Support to the Implementation of an Employment Injury Insurance System for Malawi

    Start activities
    24-06-2018
    End activities
    29-03-2019
    Code
    2018-02
    Description
    The SOCIEUX+ contribution was mainly directed to uphold the current, joint Government of Malawi – ILO efforts towards the establishment of the Workers Compensation Scheme for Malawi. The Government of Malawi has embarked on the process of establishing a social insurance-based employment injury insurance system through the Workers Compensation Fund. The system is to replace the existing employer-liability system and functions on the basis of risk pooling. This reform entails the development of a system that mandatorily collects appropriate premiums from all employers and provides compensation towards injured workers from a Government-managed fund.
    Partner Institution
    Ministry of Labour, Youth, Sports and Manpower Development
    Type of Assistance
    Individual capacity building (human resources development)
  • Contribution to the National Social Security Policy Round Table in Kenya

    Start activities
    24/03/2018
    End activities
    19/03/2018
    Code
    2018-03
    Description
    The action aimed to contribute to policy dialogue on social security in Kenya. Participation of experts from France in a round table on employment injury insurance, maternity protection and the role of social partners and social dialogue in insurance schemes took place on demand of the National Social Protection Conference on the occasion of a national conference held in Nairobi from 20 to 23 March 2018.
    Partner Institution
    National Social Protection Secretariat
    Type of Assistance
    National events (awareness raising)
  • Enhance effectiveness and coordination of social protection

    Start activities
    feb-15
    End activities
    feb-15
    Code
    2014-12
    Description
    The Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection (MGCSP), has a core mandate and leading role in the planning, implementation and coordination of social protection policies in Ghana. In particular, the Ministry’s Directorate for Policy, Planning and Monitoring and Evaluation is responsible for assessing the progress in implementation of the National Social Protection Strategy (NSPS). An updated 2012 NSPS aimed at bringing the multitude of social protection programmes under a common umbrella. However, the NSPS 2012 had not been approved as from June 2014 when the MGCSP approached SOCIEUX. Mobilised experts addressed key issues for the approval of the updated NSPS including coordination local stakeholders. The reviewed with their peers functions of the social security agencies and provided recommendations on organisational issues, more specifically on coordination and decentralisation of social protection service provision. They facilitated a workshop for high-ranking civil servants and representatives of NGOs. Finally, they contributed to the reflections of a high-level working group by sharing social protection policy development in the EU.
    Partner Institution
    Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection
    Type of Assistance
    Institutional (Regulatory & Policy)
  • Strategic goals according to the Multidimensional Poverty Index in Panama

    Start activities
    Feb-18
    End activities
    31/05/2019
    Code
    2017-32
    Description
    The action has supported the Ministry of Social Development of Panama to define the goals of poverty-reduction strategies in connection with the Multidimensional Poverty Index. Together with expert teams from France, Italy, Portugal, and Colombia, the Partner increase its staff’s understanding of multidimensional measurements and their relationship with the design of public policies. Furthermore, the methodology of microsimulation of multidimensional poverty goals was presented and the steps for its implementation in the STATA software were identified. Finally, a systematic review of the existing policy instruments for reducing poverty has been conducted, which helped to determine how they might be adapted in view to tackle multi-dimensional poverty. Particular attention was dedicated to the “Plan Cero Pobreza” and the development of multidimensional poverty-related indicators.
    Partner Institution
    Ministry of Social Development [Ministerio de Desarrollo Social]
    Type of Assistance
    Institutional (Regulatory & Policy)
  • Technical assistance for the extension of social protection coverage

    Start activities
    12-02-2018
    End activities
    1-12-2018
    Code
    2017-30
    Description
    The primary outcome of the action has been to position the Directorate for Social Security of the Ministry of Labour and Employment Promotion (MTPE) of Peru in the policy area of extending social protection to atypical workers. The report prepared by the experts from France and Spain was meant to constitute a piece of comparative knowledge to feed the institutional debate. The peer-to-peer dialogue allowed to broaden the horizon of the debate and reflection on the state of social protection of independent workers and workers of small and medium enterprises in Peru, but also to formulate a policy report which puts forward reasonable tools and approaches for advancing social protection in the area of atypical work.
    Partner Institution
    Ministry of Labour and Employment Promotion [Ministerio de Trabajo y Promoción del Empleo]
    Type of Assistance
    Institutional Strengthening
  • Enlarging the scope of the social policy analysis conducted by the Institute of Labour Sciences and Social Affairs (ILSSA)

    Start activities
    Feb-18
    End activities
    12/07/2018
    Code
    2017-28
    Description
    The Institute for Labour Science and Social Affairs (ILSSA) of Vietnam has expressed to SOCIEUX+ a particular interest in knowing more about multi-dimensional poverty-measurement approach. The ultimate goal was to increase ILSSA’s role in the support to policy-making. The first activity was conceived as a training involving ILSSA’s researchers in view of increasing knowledge and analytical capacities involved in the analysis of the economic and social context in terms of multi-dimensional poverty. The second activity has allowed to look into the organizational capacity of ILSSA as a public research institution. Experts from Ireland, Italy, and France have participated to the peer-to peer exchanges with ILSSA’s staff.
    Partner Institution
    Institute for Labour Science and Social Affairs [Viện Khoa Học Lao Động Và Xã Hội]
    Type of Assistance
    Institutional Strengthening
  • Social Health Protection Reform and Policy

    Start activities
    Jan-18
    End activities
    09/11/2018
    Code
    2017-27
    Description
    The Ministry of Health and Childcare of Zimbabwe was committed, through this action, to engage the Cabinet of the President in the process of creating an inter-ministerial committee for national health insurance in collaboration with the other main institutional stakeholders. Experts from France, Germany, and Italy developed together with the partners a roadmap consisting of 9 different steps, including institutional tasks (set-up of an inter-ministerial steering committee, establishment of a statutory body in charge of pooling funds and enrolment of population), and technical ones (costing estimates, enrolment and contribution procedures, legal framework for the implementation of NHI).
    Partner Institution
    Ministry of Health and Child Care
    Type of Assistance
    Institutional (Regulatory & Policy)
  • Social protection coverage in the informal economy

    Start activities
    17-12-2018
    End activities
    24-11-2018
    Code
    2017-26
    Description
    The main outcome of the technical assistance has been to put high in the local political and institutional agenda the issue of extending social protection coverage to the informal street vendors of Bogota, which are the main target population of the Instituto para la Economia Social (IPES)’s efforts in the area of local socio-economic development. Experts (three different teams coming from France, Italy, and Spain) first of all succeeded to clarify the terms of the debate through a stakeholders’ mapping and a feasibility study in view of the current situation and status of informal street vendors. Thanks to IPES’ proactive role, the missions of experts have become a tool for mobilizing a number of local actors, starting from the Municipality of Bogota and State agencies, all the way to local NGOs, around the idea of ensuring some sort of social support against life’s risks faced by informal street vendors.
    Partner Institution
    Institute for Social Economy [Instituto para la Economia Social]
    Type of Assistance
    Institutional (Regulatory & Policy)
  • Support to the “International Forum on Health Coverage in the Conférence Interafricaine de la Prévoyance Sociale Area (CIPRES)”

    Start activities
    Aug-17
    End activities
    Aug-17
    Code
    2017-19
    Description
    Experts from France and Luxembourg provided two written (paper) and visual (PowerPoint) presentations as background documents for the International Forum on Health Coverage in the CIPRES area, expected to take place in Brazzaville on 4-6 October 2017.
    Partner Institution
    Inter-African Conference on Social Welfare [Conférence Interafricaine de la Prévoyance Sociale]
    Type of Assistance
     International events (awareness raising)
  • Development of a national social health insurance system

    Start activities
    29/01/2018
    End activities
    15/07/2018
    Code
    2017-18
    Description
    The technical assistance was instrumental in letting emerge policy options for the financing of the health system in Saint Lucia in view of the introduction of a national health insurance (NHI). Experts from France, Germany and Italy accompanied emerging policy options on a concrete context analysis. A second outcome was an individual capacity development of key staff of the Ministry of Health and Wellness on policy design in relation to public health policies. The theoretical learning was linked to the current project of introduction of NHI, with experts helping to outline the distinct phases and steps that shall be accomplished for introducing NHI in Saint Lucia.
    Partner Institution
    Ministry of Health and Wellness
    Type of Assistance
    Institutional (Regulatory & Policy)
  • Start-up of the National Organisation of State Social Security Institutes and its technical secretariat

    Start activities
    Sep-17
    End activities
    May-18
    Code
    2017-17
    Description
    The main outcome of this action in partnership with the Institute of Social Security of the State of Guanajuato (ISSEG) was the establishment of the National Platform of State Social Security Institutes, namely the Organización Nacional de Instituciones Estatales de Seguridad Social (ONIESS). Members agreed on a light legal basis and substantiated it by displaying a working process with clear objectives and a one-year action plan. The role of experts from France, Germany and Spain was, beside technical expertise, one of facilitators of the debate among the participating State institutes. They contributed to the work with technical inputs, work methodology, examples from relevant EU and personal experiences, their overall spirit and the motivation to achieve a common goal.
    Partner Institution
    Institute of Social Security of the State of Guanajuato [Instituto de Seguridad Social del Estado de Guanajuato]
    Type of Assistance
    Institutional Strengthening
  • Strengthening social protection conventions for Peruvian migrant workers

    Start activities
    22-01-2018
    End activities
    23-11-2018
    Code
    2017-12
    Description
    The outcome of the action relates to the development of individual capacities of staff of the Ministry of Labour and Employment Promotion (MTPE) of Peru with regards to the conduct of bilateral negotiations for the establishment of social security conventions. It has regarded several dimensions of bilateral conventions, from the legal and technical spheres, up to the negotiations techniques and the follow-up of the implementation of the convention. In particular, the Partner wanted to get detailed information on social security systems in countries – such us Germany and Belgium – with which bilateral negotiations were ongoing. The Partner’s relevant staff has proactively interacted with experts, thus generating a peer-to-peer exchange of knowledge, and received detailed information and data on the two distinct social security systems.
    Partner Institution
    Ministry of Labor and Employment Promotion [Ministerio de Trabajo y Promoción del Empleo]
    Type of Assistance
    Institutional (Regulatory & Policy)
  • Capacity building for East and Central African social security agencies

    Start activities
    sep-17
    End activities
    nov-17
    Code
    2017-05
    Description
    The action aimed to strengthen the capacity of the East and Central Africa Social Security Association (ECASSA) to design and conduct training in favor of its member organizations The three activities’ deliverables are similar and consist in the materials presented by SOCIEUX-mobilized experts/trainers throughout the three sessions and pertaining to social protection coverage, leadership and ethics, and occupational safety and health. The participating experts came from Germany, Italy, and the Netherlands
    Partner Institution
    East and Central Africa Social Security Association
    Type of Assistance
    Training
  • Capacity building in strategy and policy making

    Start activities
    Nov-17
    End activities
    Nov-17
    Code
    2017-03
    Description
    The technical assistance – its first phase of contextual analysis and technical recommendations, the second one allowing to observe the real practice of administrative workflows in the execution of sentences – helped the Instituto de Seguridad y Servicios Sociales de los Trabajadores del Estado (ISSSTE) to lay down an internal strategy and adopt organizational tools allowing to reduce the time needed for the execution of sentences on claims brought by social security right-holders. At the same time, the Action actually improved intra-department communication and workflows. The measures introduced under the experts’ guidance produced practical and visible effects in the short term, with a significant reduction in the time needed to execute sentences. An ISSSTE delegation travelled to Madrid to observe the organizational practices of the Spanish Ministry of Social Affairs in the field of claims’ management.
    Partner Institution
    Institute for Social Security and Services for State Workers [Instituto de Seguridad y Servicios Sociales de los Trabajadores del Estado]
    Type of Assistance
    Institutional Strengthening
  • Enhancing institutional capacities of the National System for the Comprehensive Protection of Children and Adolescents in Mexico (SIPINNA)

    Start activities
    Nov-17
    End activities
    Dec-17
    Code
    2016-16
    Description
    The Executive Secretariat of the Sistema Nacional de Protección Integral de Niñas, Niños y Adolescentes (SIPINNA) has engaged with peers from Spain. In the course of four activities experts brought an external view allowing to accompany SIPINNA’s staff and executives to review the institutional and organizational capacities necessary for the Executive Secretariat to carry out its role of coordination and propulsion of the overall system of protection and promotion of children’s rights in Mexico. Experts formulated organizational scenarios and identified practical tools for their implementation, including with regards to the coordination of the local SIPINNA’s Secretariats.
    Partner Institution
    National System for the Comprehensive Protection of Children, Children and Adolescents [Sistema Nacional de Proteccion Integral de Ninas, Ninos y Adolescentes]
    Type of Assistance
    Assessment
  • Strengthening the Management of financial reserves of the Institute of Social Security and Services for State Workers of Campeche

    Start activities
    nov-17
    End activities
    nov-17
    Code
    2016-15
    Description
    The Action contributed to achieve two significant results: first, to overview the state of the art of the financial reserves available to the Instituto de Seguridad y Servicios Sociales de los Trabajadores del Estado de Campeche (ISSSTECAM) and to critically overview the management arrangements in view of their sustainability; secondly, to draft a text of Law of reform of the State Law on social security and pensions, which was later on presented to and approved by the State Parliament. In the course of three activities, the Partner’s staff worked closely with public experts from France and Spain.
    Partner Institution
    Institute of Security and Social Services for Workers of the State of Campeche [Instituto de Seguridad y Servicios Sociales de los Trabajadores del Estado de Campeche]
    Type of Assistance
    Institutional (Regulatory & Policy)
  • Social Insurance: assistance in the development of the State agents pension system

    Start activities
    may-17
    End activities
    aug-17
    Code
    2016-07
    Description
    This action results from 5 distinct requests by the Caisse des Pensions et des Prestations Familiales des Agents de l'Etat (CPPF). The action's technical products - an assessment report on the organizational strategy of CPPF; recommendations on the development of social marketing and communication policy; recommendations for a revised IT architecture; a roadmap in view of the development of a new insurance branch, namely a complementary pension scheme – were all intended to contribute to the strengthening of the organizational capacities of the young CPPF. Teams of experts with different profiles and country origin (France, Morocco, the Netherlands) have exchanged with the Partner’s teams in the course of four activities.
    Partner Institution
    Pensions and Family Benefits Fund of State Agents [Caisse des Pensions et des Prestations Familiales des Agents de l'Etat]
    Type of Assistance
    Institutional Strengthening
  • Support for evaluating the National Strategy for the prevention of bullying and other types of violence

    Start activities
    nov-16
    End activities
    dec-17
    Code
    2016-05
    Description
    The Sistema Nacional para el Desarrollo de la Familia (SNDIF) requested SOCIEUX+ support to evaluate the National Strategy for the Prevention of Bullying and Other Types of Violence as well as to enhance the capabilities of municipal community agents in their efforts to foster community involvement in order to modify cultural behaviors as to lower the levels of violence. The “Guides” developed by experts from Argentina and Spain, based on the assessment of the National Strategy, are online courses intended to prepare community promoters to the role that the Strategy assigns to them, in connection with the community and families.
    Partner Institution
    National System for Integral Family Development [Sistema Nacional para el Desarrollo Integral de la Familia]
    Type of Assistance
    Institutional Strengthening
  • Support to the strengthening of social dialogue and to the extension of social protection in Togo

    Start activities
    apr-17
    End activities
    apr-17
    Code
    2016-01
    Description
    The Ministry of Public Function, Labour, Administrative Reform and Social Protection of Togo requested SOCIEUX+ support to reshuffle the institutional framework for social dialogue, notably the role of the Conseil National pour le Dialogue social. Deepening the social dialogue is seen as part of an economic development strategy based on greater social cohesion and a fair allocation of the dividends of growth. Experts from Belgium and France have analyzed the current situation and provided methodological recommendations with a view to organising a round table aimed to renew and restart the institutional framework for social dialogue; to this purpose, experts have prepared an orientation note, a proposal of agenda, and supporting documentation.
    Partner Institution
    Ministry for Public Function, Labour and Administrative Reform [Ministère de la Function Publique du Travail et de la Réforme Administrative]
    Type of Assistance
    National events (awareness raising)
  • Capacity building of the Scientific Research and Training Centre on Labour and Social Problems

    Start activities
    jul-16
    End activities
    oct-17
    Code
    2015-22
    Description
    Experts from Finland, Lithuania, Romania and the United Kingdom first assessed the competences and analytical tools available to the Scientific Research and Training Center on Labour and Social Problems of Azerbaijan to conduct research and policy advise on social security matters, particularly that of access and inclusion of persons with disabilities. A training of researchers presented indicators for measuring accessibility and inclusion and how state policies respond to the specific needs of persons with disability.
    Partner Institution
    Scientific Research and Training Centre on Labour and Social Problems [Əmək və Sosial Problemlər üzrə Elmi-Tədqiqat və Tədris Mərkəzi]
    Type of Assistance
    Institutional Strengthening
  • Management of funding proposals for income-generating activity grants

    Start activities
    apr-16
    End activities
    apr-17
    Code
    2015-21
    Description
    French experts accompanied by regional experts from Cameroon and Madagascar assessed the Income-generating Activities (AGRs) programme of the Fonds Nationale d'Aide Sociale (FNAS) of Gabon, as well as the capacity building needs of its staff. Strategic and technical support was provided to the elaboration of the FNAS’ plan of action for 2021, followed by a strategic orientation to the definition of corporate long-term objectives. The third activity focused on the formulation of a Logical Framework mirroring the three axes of the strategic orientation, namely: Governance, strategic approach and framework of actions; Financial capacity and autonomy; Development of operational modalities and FNAS procedures for AGRs. A final training clarified ways for FNAS staff to play a role in implementing the objectives and expected results of the new Logical Framework.
    Partner Institution
    National Fund for Social Assistance [Fonds Nationale d'Aide Sociale (FNAS)]
    Type of Assistance
    Institutional Strengthening
  • Capacity building of the Social Prosperity Department

    Start activities
    apr-2015
    End activities
    oct-2016
    Code
    2014-19
    Description
    The Administrative Department for Social Prosperity [Prosperidad Social] integrated towards end of 2015, the National Agency for Overcoming Extreme Poverty (ANSPE) which coordinates the implementation of the National Strategy for Overcoming Extreme Poverty (UNIDOS) created in 2008. UNIDOS currently brings together a large number of entities involved in the provision of basic social services for the extremely poor. The Strategy is complemented by the departmental and municipal governments, including over 1000 municipalities, more than 50 strategic partners from the private sector, and stakeholders in social innovation and from international cooperation. Social Prosperity has engaged a process of re-designing the UNIDOS to strengthen its conceptual and operational aspects such as the design of the surveys, aspects of monitoring, the assistance given to families as well as the information system. The aim was to make Social Prosperity more efficient through better technical and technological tools and instruments, and human and physical capital. SOCIEUX+ mobilised experts conducted with the peers an assessment of the technical capacities of ANSPE to identify gaps and training needs. The scope of the technical assistance extended to red-design of beneficiaries identification mechanisms, information management systems and instruments for monitoring and evaluation. The latter having focused on analysis and further development of business and of information-data under the General Sub-Directorate for Overcoming Poverty, which is part of Social Solidarity. SOCIEUX+ supported also individual capacity building workshops which resulted in the development of a step-by-step guide to impact evaluation planning for the three key programmes led by Social Prosperity’s programmes (UNIDOS, Jóvenes en Acción, and Red de Seguridad Alimentaria). Additionally, technical advice was provided on determining pertinent criteria for the exit and entry of beneficiary families to the “More Families in Action” cash transfer programme.
    Partner Institution
    Social Prosperity agency [Prosperidad Social - formerly Agencia Nacional para la Superación de la Pobreza Extrema]
    Type of Assistance
    Training
  • Support to Universal Pension Scheme

    Start activities
    may-2015
    End activities
    feb-2017
    Code
    2014-26
    Description
    The action was instrumental to present to the Ministry of Empowerment, Social Welfare, Youth, Women and Children of Zanzibar a relevant European experience in establishing and managing Universal Social Pensions. Experts from Germany, the Netherlands, South Africa and Spain provided technical advice on what is affordable for Zanzibar in relation to its policy, fiscal, and demographic environment. They particularly focused on the information management system needed to deploy a social pensions scheme. They helped to draft an implementation plan, then supported the development of a project proposal and the technical specifications needed to develop a management information system.
    Partner Institution
    Ministry of Empowerment, Social Welfare, Youth, Women and Children (MoESWYWC)
    Type of Assistance
    Institutional Strengthening
  • Support to extension of social protection to the informally employed, unemployed and graduates in first employment

    Start activities
    oct-2015
    End activities
    oct-2015
    Code
    2015-03
    Description
    The Social Security Commission Development Fund (SSC-DF) is a Government-owned institution mandated to design and operate several social insurance schemes that cater for matters such as maternity leave, occupational injuries, extended sick leave, medical cover and retirement benefits. It also has a non-contributory branch which acts as a labour market institution to promote employability and stimulate employment creation. The SSC-DF aspires at becoming the leading agency for social security and insurance in Namibia. The original objectives of the action were to support the extension of the coverage of social protection to the informal economy, and to explore the feasibility of setting up a national internship and/or apprenticeship programme, helping to bridge the transition from school to work for recent graduates. Upon an assessment mission which reviewed and provided the SSC-DF with recommendations on how to address the existing political and institutional processes associated with the extension of social protection coverage to the identified target groups. The needs however to implement these recommendations were beyond sole short-term technical assistance as what SOCIEUX could provide alone.
    Partner Institution
    Social Security Commission Development Fund
    Type of Assistance
    Regulatory & Policy
  • Support for the set up of universal health insurance

    Start activities
    oct-2015
    End activities
    sep-2016
    Code
    2015-09
    Description
    Experts mobilized from France and Lebanon delivered an analysis of Togo’s Institut National d’Assurance Maladie (INAM)’s institutional organization and capacities. The assessment focused on the challenges faced by INAM in view of the extension of health coverage, clarified the institutional responsibilities, while identifying issues requiring further technical assistance to INAM, such as the preparation of a strategic plan, the enhancement of internal capacities in the field of “risk management,” and the development of a management information system. The first two topics were then addressed by experts through peer-to-peer exchanges with the relevant INAM’s executives and staff, presenting models and good practices applicable to INAM’s context and needs.
    Partner Institution
    Institut National d’Assurance Maladie (INAM)
    Type of Assistance
    Institutional Strengthening
  • Capacity Building (Training) of Social Assistance Staff of implementation of the RISE Families Programme

    Start activities
    nov-2015
    End activities
    dic-2016
    Code
    2015-16
    Description
    Following an initial capacity assessment of the Department of Social Services of the Ministry of Social Development of Nevis, a proposal describing the training needs, the target group, the duration, the proposed training activities, was prepared by experts from Croatia and the United Kingdom. The following training involved case workers of the Restore, Inspire, Secure and Empower social-support Program (RISE) and included: engagement with people in need of assistance; people’s risk assessment; attitudes and professionalism of social workers; confidentiality; managing people’s anger; managing information and data; engagement with other public agencies; understanding family dynamics; assessing cases of child sexual abuse. Finally, experts summed up all materials, methods and information delivered throughout the training and compiled a practical manual that is now available to train the newly hired RISE Program case managers.
    Partner Institution
    Ministry of Social Development - Department of Social Services, Nevis Island Administration (NIA)
    Type of Assistance
    Individual capacity building (human resources development)
  • Follow up support to the reform of the pension system in Mexico

    Start activities
    Feb-16
    End activities
    May-17
    Code
    2015-24
    Description
    In response to a request of from the Institute of Social Security of the State of Guanajuato (ISSEG), this action started the process of constitution of a national platform of social security State Institutes, with the objective of setting up a framework for cooperation and information-sharing among State Institutes. Spanish experts supported ISSEG in finalizing a declaration for the creation of a National Pension forum, to be delivered to the 16th edition of the National Social Security Conference. Experts also advised ISSEG and other State Institutes on the specific stages required for establishing a National coordination body, including the elaboration of the constituent documents and the legal framework of a national platform (which will become the Organización Nacional de los Institutos Estatales de Seguridad Social - ONIESS).
    Partner Institution
    Institute of Social Security of the State of Guanajuato (ISSEG)
    Type of Assistance
    Policy development
  • Support finalising and implementing MoSD strategy

    Start activities
    abr-2016
    End activities
    oct-2016
    Code
    2015-25
    Description
    The specific objective was to support the development of the MoSD Strategy for 2016-2020 and the related Action Plan, and to share best practice from the EU in strategic planning for social protection policy.
    Partner Institution
    Ministry of Social Development (MoSD)
    Type of Assistance
    Policy development
  • Support to the extension of social protection in Cambodia

    Start activities
    oct-2016
    End activities
    nov-2016
    Code
    2016-02
    Partner Institution
    Ministry of Economy and Finances
    Type of Assistance
    Organisational management (structures & functions)
  • Support to the implementation of allowances to disabled people

    Start activities
    oct-2016
    End activities
    oct-2016
    Code
    2016-11
    Description
    Experts from France and the United Kingdom worked together with staff of the Ministry of Social Affairs, Veterans and Youth Rehabilitation (MoSAVY) in view to elaborate an Orientation Report providing recommendations for implementing the relevant country’s regulations governing the Community-based Pension Support Scheme in favor of poor persons with disabilities and their households. The report provides analysis and recommendations with regards to three main areas: Policy, implementation and institutional development; Legislation; Disability assessment mechanisms.
    Partner Institution
    Ministry of Social Affairs, Veterans and Youth Rehabilitation (MoSAVY)
    Type of Assistance
    Organisational management (structures & functions)
  • Support for setting up an advanced business intelligence system (BIS) in the field of social protection

    Start activities
    may-2015
    End activities
    apr-2016
    Code
    2014-17
    Description
    The Centre for Social Research and Studies (CRES) is a public institution under the supervision of the Ministry of Social Affairs mandated to carry out operational research and studies, and provide decision and policy-making support in the field of social protection. The Tunisian Government relies on the competence of the CRES to implement reforms that are based on sound evidence. The agency’s main task consists in carrying out studies and assessments of the current gaps and weaknesses of the social protection system. The CRES has therefore developed a business intelligence system (BIS) since 2012 which builds the basis of CRES’ research activities. Experts mobilised by SOCIEUX worked with their Tunisian peers in analysing existing BIS and assess the CRES team’s capacities to upgrade, capitalise and maintain its data warehouse. They also to strengthened knowledge and skills in key areas such as statistical analysis, design social security indicators and drafting analytical reports on pension and health insurance schemes. Exchanges were continued through a study visit to Belgian institutions.
    Partner Institution
    Center for Research and Social Studies [Centre de Recherche et d’Etudes Social]
    Type of Assistance
    Information management systems
  • Support to revise the SP Strategy of the MoSD in Jordan

    Start activities
    aug-2015
    End activities
    dec-2015
    Code
    2015-11
    Description
    The Ministry of Social Development (MoSD) is responsible for the provision of social services to a wide range of beneficiaries, including young people and children, families and people living with disabilities. These services are provided at a local level though social service directorates and offices. The strategic objective of the MoSD is to contribute to the development and implementation of an integrated social policy in Jordan. Social protection is delivered through four major public programmes: a social insurance programme; a public programme for the civil service and military (phasing out); a social assistance programme; and, an assistance programme for Palestinian Refugees (delivered through the UN Relief and Works Agency). There was a need to strengthen and rationalise programmes so that they better serve the most vulnerable. Moreover, addressing needs of the Syrian refugee crisis, and its impact on the country, remains a major challenge for the Government. Jordan had recently drafted a Poverty Reduction Strategy (2013-2020) and the Response Plan for the Syria Crisis. In this context the MoSD engaged in a more strategic planning approach to rationalise and strengthen existing programmes, and the needed capacities to do so. Over a period of several months, experts mobilised by SOCIEUX work with the peers on the elaboration of a draft Strategic Plan 2016-2021 for the MoSD entitled “Together – Tackling Disadvantage: Realising the potential of all our citizens and building sustainable communities”. Moreover, the experts submitted a roadmap for a communication strategy for the dissemination and endorsement of the Strategic Plan as well as a monitoring and evaluation framework for its implementation titled Business Performance.
    Partner Institution
    Ministry of Social Development
    Type of Assistance
    Policy development
  • Support to the Social Cash Transfers-Secretariat

    Start activities
    jun-2014
    End activities
    jul-2014
    Code
    2014-01
    Description
    The Social Cash Transfer Secretariat of the Ministry of Gender and Development is responsible for the management of the National Social Cash Transfer Programme. As an element of the social protection system, a social cash transfers were piloted at programme level, in 2011. The number of pilot sites was to be scaled up from two to five (third of the 15 counties forming the administrative segments of the country). To achieve this scale-up individual, organisational and institutional capacities of the Secretariat need to be strengthened. Experts mobilised worked with their Liberian peers in an assessment of institutional capacities for this action, and to provide proposals both to improve the organisation Programme and strengthen the individual capacities of the Secretariat’s staff.
    Partner Institution
    Ministry of Planning and Economic Affairs
    Type of Assistance
    Organisational capacity building
  • Training on the pension systems and a capacity development needs assessment

    Start activities
    jun-2014
    End activities
    jun-2014
    Code
    2014-02
    Description
    The National Office for Pensions and Occupational Risk (ONPR) for civil servants, magistrates and judicial personnel implements contributory pensions, vocational hazards and associated benefit social insurance in Burundi since 2010. The ONPR faced challenges of efficiently managing increasing expansion of the scheme including at organisational level. To address these challenges, experts mobilised by SOCIEUX+ worked with their peers on the elaboration of an internal management strategy, the establishment of monitoring and control procedures, and the improvement of quality assurance mechanisms. The staff of ONPR, and other stake holding institutions in the area of pension, was to be trained key concepts of social protection to widen their understanding of the functioning of pension systems. Further, the intervention assessed and formulated recommendation on how to best respond to identified needs of the partner institutions for the efficient and effective management of the pension scheme.
    Partner Institution
    National Pensions and Occupational Risks Office
    Type of Assistance
    Individual capacity building (human resources development)
  • Support capacity building and institutional frameworks for the implementation of social protection

    Start activities
    jul-2014
    End activities
    nov-2014
    Code
    2014-03
    Description
    The Planning Institute of Jamaica (PIoJ) is the foremost economic and social planning agency of the Jamaican Government. The PIoJ had a leading role in the elaboration of the Social Protection Strategy of the country, in 2014. Further, the PIoJ is in charge of coordinating the implementation of the Strategy’s actions and monitoring and evaluation corresponding operations. The success of which depends to a large extent on a careful and effective financial management to withstand economic shocks, which have been frequent in the Caribbean region. Experts mobilised transferred their experience and knowledge to their peers of the PIoJ in the areas of financing, monitoring and evaluation social protection. In addition, experts were to support the costing the existing Social Protection Floor [the minimum package of social assistance and protection services already in place] and the development of a monitoring and evaluation framework for social protection.
    Partner Institution
    Planning Institute of Jamaica
    Type of Assistance
    Legislative & regulatory framework development
  • Supporting contributory pensions coverage extension, investment management and administration

    Start activities
    End activities
    aug-2014
    Code
    2014-04
    Description
    The Institute of Social Security of the State of Guanajuato (ISSEG) is responsible for providing insurance benefits to the formal sector [public employees and civil servants] in the Mexican State of Guanajuato. The amounts of pensions originally guaranteed by the ISSEG were pre-defined as a percentage of the affiliate’s wage at time of compliance of retirement criteria. The underlying solidarity fund is financed by contributions of workers and employers, as well as the returns generated by investments. Due to the challenges in funding the existing system, the ISSEG was considering reforms to set benefits on actual historical contributions. Mobilised experts contributed in building capacities of the ISSEG for planned reforms by addressing issues with their peers in policy definition and administrative requirement definition by sharing EU Member States and common experience in making pension schemes affordable in the face of changing economic, policy and demographic environments. In particular, they transferred understanding on legal, actuarial and financial implications of the implementation of the proposed reforms.
    Partner Institution
    Institute of Social Security of the State of Guanajuato [Instituto de Seguridad Social del Estado de Guanajuato]
    Type of Assistance
    Organisational capacity building
  • Supporting the implementation of the Social Protection Strategy on social safety nets

    Start activities
    dec-2014
    End activities
    dec-2014
    Code
    2014-05
    Description
    State Secretariat for National Solidarity (SESN) is a public entity directly attached to the Prime Minister of Djibouti. It coordinates the implementation as well as monitoring and evaluation processes of the national strategy for socioeconomic development "Vision Djibouti 2035". In 2013, Djibouti adopted a safety net-based National Social Protection Strategy [Stratégie Nationale « Filets Sociaux de Sécurité » 2013-17]. The Strategy, developed by SESN, serves as a road map for the design and implementation of social safety nets, the widespread promotion of employment and equity, and the strengthening of synergies between all stakeholders. For overseeing the implementation, monitoring and evaluation of the Strategy, the Inter-sector Committee for Social Protection. The Committee was to rely on a permanent technical secretariat, the STP-CI/PS, within the SESN. Mobilised experts contributed in the building of institutional capacities of the SESN and individual technical capacities of its key staff for the setting up of the STP-CI/PS. This was primarily by working with their peers on assessing existing capacities of the SESN, formulating their needs and appropriate responses for the setup of the STP-CI/PS.
    Partner Institution
    State Secretariat for National Solidarity [Secrétariat d’Etat auprès du Premier Ministre chargé à la Solidarité Nationale]
    Type of Assistance
    Organisational capacity building
  • Supporting the MTPE in concluding and drafting social security agreements for migrant workers

    Start activities
    oct-2014
    End activities
    oct-2014
    Code
    2014-07
    Description
    The Ministry of Labour and Employment Promotion (MTPE) has the responsibility for conducting negotiations on bilateral and/or multilateral social security agreements and acts as a liaison body with regard to requests for information on the nationals of the contracting parties concerned by such agreements. Skills and knowhow required to negotiate effective and appropriate social security agreements strengthened among the staff of the MTPE’s require good knowledge General Office for Cooperation and International Affairs. Mobilised experts trained their Peruvian peers in key concepts of which’s knowledge would prepare them to face the challenges of the complex and lengthy negotiations drafting of agreements, in particular on social protection floors, minimum content of social security agreements and the implementation of such agreements.
    Partner Institution
    Ministry of Labour and Employment Promotion [Ministerio de Trabajo y Promoción del Empleo]
    Type of Assistance
    Legislative & regulatory framework development
  • Providing EU Expertise for the South Asia Labour Conference 2014

    Start activities
    apr-2014
    End activities
    apr-2014
    Code
    2014-09
    Description
    Within the Framework of Pakistan’s membership in the South Asian Association of Regional Cooperation (SAARC), the Provincial Government of Punjab organised a three-day Ministerial-level conference under the theme "South Asia Labour Conference" (SALC) with support of the Federal Government of Pakistan. SALC’s objective was to bring together representatives of labour and social affairs ministries from the Federal Government of Pakistan and the SAARC countries, representatives of employer and worker organisations, civil society, selected dignitaries from neighbouring countries and EU representatives in a first step towards regional collaboration to promote labour productivity and improve working conditions and rights in the region. The SALC brought together 250 representatives of the concerned ministries and other stakeholders from Pakistan and SAARC. A SOCIEUX mobilised expert participated in two technical sessions of the Conference, providing a contribution on the coordination of social security schemes for migrant workers within the EU. In particular, he illustrated topics such as like the EU migration context and common coordination principles and practices.
    Partner Institution
    Department of Labour, Provincial Government of Punjab
    Type of Assistance
    Regional events (awareness raising)
  • Strengthening the capacities of the Ministry of Social Care to better monitor and evaluate social protection programmes/ projects

    Start activities
    aug-2015
    End activities
    aug-2015
    Code
    2014-11
    Description
    The Ministry of Social Care, Constituency Empowerment and Community Development (MSCD) is the central Government authority responsible for the delivery of social services and the implementation of social protection programmes, which are designed to promote social development and reduce poverty in Barbados. A number of important initiatives have been undertaken by the Government to enhance institutional and administrative mechanisms for addressing poverty reduction and monitoring results, as well as general service delivery. For these, the MSCD’s functions in data collection and analysis require substantial capacities, in particular adequate information management systems. Mobilised expert carried out an assessment of the existing structures, capacities and gaps in the administration and management of information by the MSCD and their supervised programmes. Priorities for technical assistance were so identified for the development and of a central and comprehensive social relational database within a future management information system.
    Partner Institution
    Ministry of Social Care, Constituency, Empowerment and Community Development
    Type of Assistance
    Organisational management (structures & functions)
  • Supporting vocational rehabilitation of persons living with disabilities

    Start activities
    feb-2015
    End activities
    feb-2015
    Code
    2014-13
    Description
    The Ministry of Labour, Social Protection and Family (MLSPF) is the national authority having overall responsibility for the development, promotion and implementation of social protection for people with disabilities. MLSPF plays a directing role in implementing the Social Inclusion Strategy for Persons with Disabilities (2010-2013) approved by law in 2010. Among one of the first steps taken by the Ministry for the implementation of the Strategy was the plan for the creation of a small department in charge of services for vocational rehabilitation of persons with severe disabilities within the Republican Experimental Prosthetic, Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation Centre (CREPOR). Knowledge from the provision of such services in the EU and focusing on the practical organisation and implementation of these by the CREPOR. A study visit to in Ireland was organised for senior staff of various Moldovan institutions in charge of rehabilitation services. Within a second activity, a general training needs assessment of the newly created vocational rehabilitation department was conducted with the support of a EU peers. This was the occasion to identify the needs and challenges in the provision of such services and the specific training needs of the CREPOR.
    Partner Institution
    Ministry of Labour, Social Protection and Familiy
    Type of Assistance
    Individual capacity building (human resources development)
  • Support for the formulation of a disability policy for the region of Cundinamarca, Colombia

    Start activities
    nov-2014
    End activities
    nov-2015
    Code
    2014-16
    Description
    The Secretariat of Health of the Department of the Cundinamarca region is responsible for implementation of the National Public Policy for Disability and Social Inclusion at the regional level. Colombia published a National Public Policy on Disability and Social Inclusion in 2013. The Department’s Government intention was to develop a regional policy on the lines of the national policy. The Department’s Secretariat of Health had already put forward a number of activities as starting points for this development, including the identification of difficulties affecting people living with disabilities among the 116 municipal areas, and) consultations involving all sectors of society. Within five activities implemented in less than one year, the Public Policy for Social Inclusion of People with Disabilities if Cundinamarca was developed, adopted and publicly presented as the result of a process led by the regional Government with the support of mobilised experts. It is organised around five axes which enable the inclusion, equality and legal guarantees of people living with disabilities to be reinforced, providing opportunities for participation, accessibility and capacity development through the recognition of diversity.
    Partner Institution
    Provincial Government of Cundinamarca - Health Secretariat [Secretaría de Salud, Departamento de Cundinamarca]
    Type of Assistance
    Policy development
  • Support to non – and contributory pensions

    Start activities
    jun-2015
    End activities
    nov-2015
    Code
    2014-25
    Description
    Follow-up from action 2014-04 This action built on these achievements of the first action with the ISSEG, and allowed European experts and their Mexican peers to formulate practical recommendations for the coordinated development at federal level of state pension funds. Exchanges addressed in particular legal, actuarial and administrative aspects. ISSEG’s experience and leadership was first presented to two Mexican States pension funds, which was a significant step to boost state-level coordination and cooperation. The final action’s activity was a National Inter-State Pensions Conference which brought together all state funds of Mexico. The first conclusion reached by consensus during the conference was the need to work towards establishing a new framework law, which contains general principles aimed at guaranteeing a "decent" and coordinated pension system for all Mexicans and which is disassociated from salaries.
    Partner Institution
    Institute of Social Security of the State of Guanajuato [Instituto de Seguridad Social del Estado de Guanajuato]
    Type of Assistance
    Policy development
  • Strengthening the policy dialogue, policy implementatiaon and capacity of the NAF

    Start activities
    jun-2015
    End activities
    jan-2016
    Code
    2015-01
    Description
    The Jordan National Aid Fund (NAF) provides social assistance to the most deprived and vulnerable through cash transfers since its establishment in 1986. The Fund is oversight by the Ministry of Social Development but is an independent body with network of 41 local offices. The NAF identified an urgent need for policy dialogue leading to the development of both a strategy and its implementation plan for 2014-2016, and for associated need capacity building of its top-level management. SOCIEUX mobilised experts support the efforts of their peers in strengthening the NAF’s technical, administrative and benefit-delivery capacities.  An initial thorough analysis of internal processes and activities of the NAF provided the necessary vision to plan further capacity development for its human resources and organisation, as well as specifically on targeting mechanisms. Experts also addressed the development of consistent indicators at organisational- and operational-level. Know-how for the integration of indicators in a future information management was also transferred. Finally, experts and their peers worked on preparatory activities for elaboration of a Public Relations and Communications Strategy for the NAF.
    Partner Institution
    National Aid Fund
    Type of Assistance
    Organisational management (structures & functions)
  • Support to the development of the legal, institutional and structural framework for social assistance

    Start activities
    nov-2015
    End activities
    dec-2016
    Code
    2015-06
    Description
    The action was grounded on the National Strategy for Social Protection and focused on territorial social assistance as a fundamental tool to outreach vulnerable (and often peripheral) populations. The Ministry of Labour, Social Affairs & Vocational Education of Ivory Coast supported engaged with different teams of experts from France. The main action’s result has been the definition of a vision and concrete guidelines for structuring and strengthening decentralized social assistance in Ivory Coast, by providing an organizational path for strengthening the local social development centers.
    Partner Institution
    Ministry of State, Ministry of Labour, Social Affairs & Vocational Education
    Type of Assistance
    Legislative & regulatory framework development
  • Building capactiy of the UTM to enable the management of universal health insurance coverage

    Start activities
    oct-2015
    End activities
    jun-2016
    Code
    2015-14
    Description
    The Technical Union of Malian Mutual Insurers (UTM) is one of three functioning bodies responsible for health insurance coverage. The UTM functions as an umbrella organisation for about 30 (of 164) voluntary mutual health insurance schemes. The UTM supports the creation, development and technical supervision of schemes and the management of a common health insurance platform for all its members. The National Strategy to Extend the Coverage of Mutual Health Insurers was adopted in 2011 to improve the accessibility to healthcare of populations in the rural and informal sectors. It is backed by a 10-year Health and Social Development Plan for 2014-2023, which aims at increasing insurance coverage to 20% of the target population and, in the long-term, universal health coverage. In this context, UTM began to redefine its strategies to improve its capacity and political position in the perspective of shouldering responsibility in achieving universal health coverage. At an operational level, it produced an internal organisation reform plan for 2014-2016. Organisation and individual capacity building was essential to enable the implementation of this plan. Experts mobilised by SOCIEUX worked with the UTM staff on outlining scenarios for strategic options and organisational structure. To do this, they started by assessing the existing institutional strategy and corporate capacities. An outline of the needed structures and competences followed. A first draft of a guideline to develop the UTM’s Strategic Development Plan resulted from this work, which set preliminary core objectives, mission, vision and main working axes for the UTM.
    Partner Institution
    Technical Unition of Mutual Health Insurance [Union Technique de la Mutualité] (UTM)
    Type of Assistance
    Institutional Strengthening
  • Enhance the effectiveness and coordination of social protection in Ghana

    Start activities
    sep-2015
    End activities
    sep-2015
    Code
    2015-18
    Description
    Follow-up action from 2014-12. The Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection (MGCSP), has a core mandate and leading role in the planning, implementation and coordination of social protection policies in Ghana. In particular, the Ministry’s Directorate for Policy, Planning and Monitoring and Evaluation is responsible for assessing the progress in implementation of the National Social Protection Strategy (NSPS). An updated 2012 NSPS aimed at bringing the multitude of social protection programmes under a common umbrella. However, the NSPS 2012 had not been approved as from June 2014 when the MGCSP approached SOCIEUX. As part of the initial work in action 2014-12, experts mobilised by SOCIEUX worked with their peers on a review of the first draft of the Policy. The Policy was officially launched by the Government in June 2016, aiming at aimed at “delivering a well-coordinated and inter-sectoral social protection system that would enable people to live in dignity”.
    Partner Institution
    Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection
    Type of Assistance
    Organisational management (structures & functions)
  • Support to the organisation of a pension forum

    Start activities
    jul-2016
    End activities
    jul-2016
    Code
    2015-20
    Description
    The Inter-African Conference for Social Welfare (CIPRES) is a regional organisation of fifteen Western and Central African countries created by the Ministries in charge of finances and social affairs in 1993. It formulates common management guidelines for social protection institutions. It also conducts studies, formulates harmonisation proposals on legislations, and facilitates training of managerial and technical staff at the regional level. As part of its thematic responabilities, the CIPRES also responds to the needs of its members for innovative and coherent mechanisms for reforms which will guarantee financial sustainability of pensions. For this purpose, CIPRES decided to organise a a regional pension forum to discuss the future of pensions systems, and to initiate a reflection and an exchange about best possible solutions for mitigating financial risks. European experts mobilised by SOCIEUX participated in the three-day Forum on Pensions for the CIPRES Region, which took place in Abidjan, Cameroon, end of July 2016. They were speakers on European best practices, and participated as resource persons in the debates of the panels on financing of pension systems and policies for the placement of reserve funds, and on perspectives of pension funds for the civil service/public sector, and factors for their viability.
    Partner Institution
    Inter-African Conference on Social Welfare [Conférence Interafricaine de la Prévoyance Sociale]
    Type of Assistance
    Organisational management (structures & functions)