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Social protection in informal economy Book: INGO's perspectives with Felix Muramutsa, Winrock International

The book Extending coverage: Social protection and the informal economy drafted during the RNSF Regional Workshop held last February in Kenya involved a mixed group of researchers, regional experts, members of civil society organizations, and public officers.

Several members of NGOs took part to this initiative, such as Felix Muramutsa who works for Winrock International as Deputy Director/M&E Senior Advisor for the REACH-T Project. Winrock International is an NGO based in the USA that works to empower the disadvantaged, increase economic opportunity, and sustain natural resources. The REACH-T project takes a comprehensive approach to help the government of Rwanda and its tea producers eliminate child labor in this key sector of the country’s economy. Besides improving access to formal and vocational education and strengthening the enforcement of existing labor laws, REACH-T raises awareness of child labor’s long-term effects. Building on Rwanda’s policy framework, the project will expand the national response to ensure that tea producers employ good labor practices and the sector is poised for growth with sustainably produced tea.

During the workshop in Kenya, Felix coworked on the fourth chapter dedicated to Community-based mechanisms of social protection, presenting several best practices he had identified in Rwanda. He detailed in particular a mobile-based monitoring alert and monitoring system to signal child labour implemented in Rwanda in 2016. For more details, you can find this best practice in the book (p. 159).

Here are his impressions on the workshop experience:

Felix Muramutsa

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Pierre Berman
28 July 2017

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