22.- 25.9
2020

RT 05

Social Security Coverage and Informal Employment - Implications of new Survey Data from four African Countries

Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung

The Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (FES), Africa Department is organizing country-wise
representative surveys on Informal Employment in sub-saharan Africa. The surveys are
organized in cooperation with the ILO and the DIE and implemented following the
AfroBarometer approach for sample design and interview techniques (tablet questionnaires). Country surveys have already been realized in Kenya (Oct. 2018), Benin
(Dec. 2018), Senegal (May 2019) and Zambia (Aug. 2019). Surveys in two more countries are proposed for 2020.

FES proposes to present for the first time, its survey data to the public during a VAD panel by way of a 4-country comparison (Kenya-Benin-Senegal-Zambia). Of the various topical
clusters, covered in the representative surveys of 1200 households, we will select as subject
for presentation: „Social Security and Informal Employment“. This topic will be broken down into two sub-topics, namely: (1) „Health security and Informal Employment“; (2) „Selforganisation of the informally employed as a means to organizing social security“. Each of the two sub-topics will be presented and discussed during a back-to-back (two session of 90 minutes) panel at the VAD meeting.

In addition to the presentation of survey data, FES will invite two expert speakers from
Africa, who should comment on the quality of data and put the survey findings into a social policy perspective.While about half oft he panel time will be used for presentation purposes, the other half is reserved for discussion.

The structure of data presentation is:

I. Health security and Informal Employment
• Health insurance gap
• Health shocks and means of financing
• Use of health facilities and satisfaction with health services
• Priorities in the request of state services

II. Self-organisation of the informally employed as a means to organizing social
security
• Type of groups established for interest representation
• Motives for Self-organizing?
• Satisfaction with organized interest representation