The FINACTU Group supports countries and social security organisations in the development of specific schemes for self-employed workers.
In sub-Saharan Africa, less than 15% of the population is covered by at least one type of social protection.
This observation, which is specific to the African context, is particularly pernicious, as this configuration acts as a powerful factor in accelerating inequalities: people excluded from social protection are generally those who are also excluded from a formal and stable labour market.
As a major consequence of the inadequacy of African social security systems, the majority of the population is excluded from the scope of existing systems. As a result, the extension of existing systems needs to be analysed both as a social issue of equity in the treatment of populations and the fight against poverty, and also as an issue of building the foundations of an economy capable of participating in globalised development.
In order to meet the challenge of extending social protection in Africa, it is necessary to uncover the key factors responsible for this situation. Why have social protection schemes in Africa not benefited from the centripetal force attracting more and more members into the system, as has been the case elsewhere in the world?
It is only by understanding the driving forces behind this dynamic, thanks to its expertise in the field of social protection in Africa, that FINACTU has been able to contribute to the extension of various social protection systems on the continent. Indeed, the FINACTU team, aware of the essential challenge of extending social protection to as many people as possible, has carried out almost all the studies on this issue over the last two decades in Africa