Experts from Latin America, Africa and Asia discuss innovations in the role and design of social protection programmes
Brasilia, Brazil, 29 November 2012 – The International Policy Centre for Inclusive Growth (IPC-IG) will host the seminar “Recent Developments in the Role and Design of Social Protection Programmes – a Policy Dialogue, Expert Workshop and South-South Learning Event” to take place in Brasilia, December 3rd -5th 2012. Researchers, academics and policy makers from Latin America, Asia and Africa will explore the challenges, innovations and developments of the implementation of social programmes in developing countries.
The seminar will discuss the contribution of social policies and social protection to the rise of the middle class in emerging countries. It will also explore the relationship between productive inclusion with growth, local economic development and employment issues.
Its two main objectives are to facilitate policy dialogue amongst decision makers and experts focusing on recent developments, innovations and challenges in implementation from selected countries and to foster cross-regional knowledge sharing across programme initiatives implemented by countries as well as development partners. The discussions will influence a final report on social protection and productive inclusion for inclusive growth to be produced by IPC-IG.
“The recent crises underscored the importance of having scalable medium term social protection programmes in place. Nevertheless, while it is often difficult to rapidly scale up programmes to respond the needs both of the existing poor and vulnerable as well as constituencies newly made vulnerable by the crisis, a number of countries were able to find innovative way to expand access through flagship programmes that were being implemented at scale”, explains Fábio Veras, IPC-IG’s Research Coordinator.
The event will focus on recent developments with regard to the following four themes:
- Expansion in coverage and resilience of the social protection system;
- Social information, support and delivery systems to address social exclusion and foster productive inclusion;
- Productive impacts on the local economies and pathways out of poverty;
- Macro level impacts and the rise and vulnerability of the middle class.
The seminar will explore how social protection programmes in developing and emerging countries are responding to new and existing sources of vulnerability and inequities. In addition, there will also be a focus not only on innovative information and delivery systems for (scalable) social protection programmes but also on human resource networks (social workers, technical support and financial services education and support).
The first day will focus on the contribution and role of social protection and inclusion policies productive for inclusive growth and local development. The second day will focus on social protection programmes for children – family allowances and Conditional Cash Transfer programmes and on social protection for the elderly, mostly non-contributory social pensions. Te third day will address issues of institutional design and explore the “nuts and bolts” of scaling and integration of programmes.
Participants, collaborators and invited partners
The workshop target policy makers and experts engaged in social protection.
- Inter-governmental bodies: UNDP, FAO, ILO, UNICEF, UNDESA, World Bank, Economic Commission forLatin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC).
- Brazilian government bodies: Ministry of Social Development and Fight Against Hunger (MDS), Secretariat for Strategic Affairs (SAE), Companhia Nacional de Abastecimento (CONAB).
- International government bodies from the following countries:Kenya,South Africa,Mexico,Bolivia,Peru,Colombia,Chile.
- Research institutions: Indira Gandhi Institute of Development Research, Levy Institute, Institute for Applied Economic Research (IPEA), Food Security Research Project ( Zambia), Development Policy Research Unit (DPRU – South Africa), Overseas Development Institute (ODI), Bangladesh Institute of Development Studies, Development Resource Centre, Instituto de Estudios Peruanos.
- Universities: University of California-Davis, Universidad de la Republica (Uruguay), Geral Sarmiento National University (Argentina), Jawaharlal Nehru University (India), Chulalongkorn University- College of Population studies (Thailand), Fundação Getúlio Vargas (Brazil).
- Donor agencies: Australian Government (AUSaid).
- Civil society organizations: Right to Food Movement (India).
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