Training Workshop: Social Protection Strategy

Tuesday, January 23, 2018 - 01:00 to Thursday, January 25, 2018 - 22:00

This training workshop of 4 days, January 23-26, 2018 is organised by Oxfam in Cambodia, with the main coordinator and support by Hilde Van Regenmortel-the Social Protection Policy Advisor of Oxfam-Belgium, and facilitate by May Wong-AMRC/AROSP, Noel Colina-AMRC/AROSP, Sambo Pheakdey-MoEF, Pat Horn-StreetNet, Chan Chhorvy Sok-PM/Oxfam, Asisah Man-PAC/Oxfam, Visal Tan-PC/Oxfam; and general/logistic support by Bunly Than-PO/Oxfam.

There are 40 participants from 6 partners who are working at different sectors of the Cambodian civil society, such as garment workers in formal and informal sectors, sex workers, entertainment workers, general service workers, street vendors, Tuk-Tuk drivers, Moto taxi drivers, cart pullers, domestic workers, community farmers and youth); and from Oxfam staff.

The general objective of the training workshop is building the knowledge, skills and insights of the participants to understanding the National Social Protection Policy Framework of Cambodia (NSPPF) and to co-create a work plan for constructive engagement with this framework in view of an inclusive and transformative development agenda.

They have based their reflections and discussions upon their own dreams about a fair society and have compared those to international rights, standards and norms, such as we find them in the Sustainable Development Goals.

They have learnt about the characteristics of poverty and vulnerability, how these are different for various people in society. In particular, they have understood the complexity of these issues; graduation out of poverty and vulnerability requires therefore a comprehensive approach. In particular the issue of gender inequality has been brought to the front.

They have learned about the various components of a good social protection framework, and how each of these components can contribute to resolving issues related to poverty and vulnerability and how it can lead people to more sustainable livelihoods, regardless of the work they do.

A good social protection framework can also lead to more equity in society and to welfare for all. The participants have understood what this really means. Hereto, they have identified the conditions and aspects of a social protection policy framework that they find important to monitor, such as the way the policy framework is resourced, the way the framework addresses gender inequality, and the way the framework promotes a universal approach.

Based on this, they have identified the areas and the opportunities for engagement and social dialogue, and have built their skills to increase the effectiveness of this dialogue.

With these insights and skills, the participants are empowered to increase the quality of the work of their organisation regarding social protection, and have built a common understanding of the challenges and of possible ways forward. This has contributed to building a solid basis for cooperation between them.