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South-South Learning Forum 2015
November 9-13, 2015Beijing, China

On November 9, 2015, around 250 policymakers from 75 countries gathered in Beijing for the “Emerging Social Protection Systems in an Urbanizing World” Forum. The week-long event, which was officially opened by Chinese State Counselor Wang Yong and World Bank Group Vice President Keith Hansen, was a landmark, pioneering event to discuss, share and learn from emerging knowledge and practical innovations on social protection in urban areas.

The South-South Learning Forum (SSLF) is the flagship event of the World Bank’s Social Protection and Labor Global Practice. It provides a platform for client policymakers and practitioners to exchange experiences, share innovations, and advance practices in social protection. 

On November 9, 2015, around 250 policymakers from 75 countries gathered in Beijing for the “Emerging Social Protection Systems in an Urbanizing World” Forum. The week-long event, which was officially opened by Chinese State Counselor Wang Yong and World Bank Group Vice President Keith Hansen, was a landmark, pioneering event to discuss, share and learn from emerging knowledge and practical innovations on social protection in urban areas.

Why urbanization?

The current massive urbanization process comes with both opportunities and challenges for the poor: On one hand, cities are engines of economic growth and magnets of opportunity. On the other hand, when demand for housing, jobs, and services outstrips the capacity of city governments to provide them, then urban areas can amplify the risks of disease, violence, exclusion and disasters.  Around 32.7% of the urban population in developing countries lives in precarious "slums."  Therefore, while the world is rapidly urbanizing and global poverty is declining, the remaining poverty challenge may be increasing in urban areas. 

What is the role of safety nets?

Safety nets will play a key role in identifying and supporting the urban poor, including providing a platform to reach them and connect them to jobs, social services, and urban development agendas.  Urban areas are largely pristine to safety net programs. There are various factors explaining the relatively low coverage of the urban poor, which includes technical bottlenecks in design and implementation. They also entail different institutional and financing arrangements, as well as better integration with other human and urban development services compelling to cities.  The urban social protection agenda is also an important pillar in the work around fragility (e.g., most of the current refugees operations are in urban areas) and disaster risk management (i.e., natural disasters will soon affect up to 870 million urban dwellers). The Forum will examine and discuss all those interconnected aspects.

 

Read the press release for more details.


    November 9

    Official Opening

    Social Protection Systems in Urban Areas: Framing the Issues

    Overview of Forum Approach

    The Architecture for Urban Safety Nets: Institutional and Financing Models

     

    November 10

    Nuts and Bolts in Urban Areas - Part 1: Outreach, Targeting and Enrollment

    Nuts and Bolts in Urban Areas - Part 2: Identification, MIS and Payments

    Preparation for Field Trip

     

    November 11

    Field Trip

    Group 1: Huairou District

    Group 2: Shunyi District

    Group 3: Xicheng District

    Group 4: Haidian District

    Group 5: Chaoyang District

     

    November 12

    Productive Inclusion: Connecting Safety Nets to Urban Job Opportunities

    Services for Inclusive Cities: Linking Safety Nets to Health, Education and Social Care

    Tackling Tough Living Conditions: Slum Upgrading, Vouchers, and Affordable Housing Programs

     

    November 13

    Social Protection in Cities: A Forward-looking View

    • China's success in poverty reduction is the result of a combination of factors, including strong economic growth, attention to antipoverty programs, and improved access to social services and social protection. Establishing a comprehensive social protection system has been key for China's successful poverty reduction. The Dibao program, which provides cash to China's needy, is the backbone of the system. It is also the largest program of its kind in the world.