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DSA’s global South study group webinar on social protection

The DSA’s global South study group are again running a series of critical and relevant webinars, this time on the theme of: “Development perspectives from the Global South – Continuities and Change.”

Webinars will be held monthly on the 3rd Tuesday, starting February 2023, and are an opportunity for members of the global South Study Group to showcase their research, identify shared research interests and develop collaborations.

The next webinar takes place 21 March, 1pm UK / 3pm Zimbabwe on the effectiveness of social protection on reduction of poverty and inequalities in the Global South. Register for the webinar.


Social protection has become an important development and social policy approach of late. The current debates around promotion of development and economic growth, poverty eradication, inequality and vulnerability reduction emphasize also the importance of social policy perspectives where transformative and adaptive social protection mechanism have proved to be effective. Social protection is linked to a number of the United Nations Sustainable Development goals and targets hence its re-emergency in the development debates mostly in the Global South where poverty, inequality, vulnerability, health, climate and environmental changes crisis have continued to challenge development with Southern Africa being the most affected.

The objective however is to discuss social protection as a development and social policy perspective that should keep hope for economic growth and success for the global south by helping the poor, vulnerable and marginalised people graduate out of poverty and inequalities. Despite all the success met so far, crisis like COVID-19, food insecurity and climate change have put development in reverse, hence social protection should not only be considered as a short term responsive social policy aspect but also should be recommended as an innovative, adaptive and transformative social policy concept and framework that provide various development pathways and long term solutions to the problems of poverty, inequalities and climate change in the global south.

The webinar will be led by Austin Muswere, PhD student- Africa University. Austin is an advocate of social justice and rights based approaches to resolving problems of inequalities, poverty and vulnerabilities. A human rights activist who sees social protection as both a social policy and development tool for promoting the socio, economic, political and labour rights of the poor.

The webinar will be moderated by Rakiya Mamman, Nigeria. Register for the webinar.

Future webinars

The global South study group already have presenters for February to May 2023 but are now seeking volunteers for June to September 2023, who are interested in addressing issues on development based on their research.

The theme is broad as the group want to invite a variety of perspectives. Each webinar is expected to last about 1 hour: 30 minutes for presentation and 30 minutes for Q&A.

If you would like to present your research, please email Tuesday Gichuki – abdulmalikg(at)yahoo.co.uk and M. Jahangir Alam Chowdhury – mjac(at)du.ac.bd – with:

  • a draft title
  • the month(s) in which you would like to present; and
  • the geographic region of your research.

Please send your responses by March 31, 2023.

For more information on the global South study group, including their Whatsapp group, visit their web page.