In partnership with the School of Education and Social Development, the Department of Social Sciences of the University of Namibia, Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (FES), initiated the Forum of Experts on Social Protection (FESP) in 2017. The Forum connects experts, specialists, academics/scholars, consultants, and policymakers on critical questions of Social Protection in Namibia.
FESP promotes the fostering, expansion, and improvement of Social Protection and disseminates information based on research and in-depth knowledge to sensitize on challenges in the existing and planned Social Protection Schemes through debates. In these debates, ideas and various perspectives on Social Protection programs, frameworks, and research are exchanged and discussed. Network structures are created by linking experts from different backgrounds and institutions. The overall goal is to stimulate a constructive discourse and reflection among the stakeholders and conduct various activities to support the promotion, development, and implementation of just and sustainable Social Protection in Namibia. The exchange and interaction within FESP are guided by the principles of independence of individual participants, collaboration in network activities, professionalism, and objectivity.
The Forum for Experts on Social Protection is now well-established with more public lectures and meetings of experts planned. The Forum is here to stay and represents a valuable think-tank dedicated to fundamental welfare improvement in the Namibian society.