Within the framework of the OAS, Member States have defined that governments have the "responsibility to develop and implement policies and comprehensive social protection programs" (Social Charter of the Americas, Chapter III, Section 3) and that to do so, coordinated and intersectoral interventions are required. Thus, the Ministries of Social Development of the region – through the Cali Communiqué of the Second Meeting of Ministers and High Authorities of Social Development - have decided to promote a "greater dialogue and joint activities with all sectors of society, including civil society, NGOs, academia, private sector and others in order to advance in the development of social protection policies and programs that are more inclusive, participatory and subject to accountability."
A first step in this direction is to know what the nongovernmental actors think about the role they play, how they fulfill that role and what challenges they have found in the performance thereof, among others. In this regard, the Inter-American Social Protection Network (IASPN) is organizing a virtual consultation with community members, and makes a special call to community members from NGOs, non-profit organizations; community organizations and grassroots groups to actively share their opinion on the issue.
The discussion in this virtual room will revolve around two guiding questions:
- Social protection has allowed thousands of individuals and their families to overcome poverty in the region. From a multi-sectoral and inter-sectoral approach, what is the role of civil society / non-governmental sector in social protection? Are non-governmental actors called to assist and complement the actions taken by the state in social protection?
- From the point of view of civil society, what are the biggest challenges that arise in the interaction and coordination with the public sector in the implementation of social protection policies and programs?
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This virtual room will be open from Thursday September 11th to Wednesday 17th and anyone can participate at any time.
This is an excellent opportunity to share your views and experiences as a nongovernmental actor. Do not miss out!
You can write to firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions or present difficulties in participating in this virtual room.
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