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Poverty & Social Impact Analysis (PSIA) Learning Event - Tackling Difficult Issues in Policy Reform: Evidence from Europe and Central Asia
March 24-25, 2015Warsaw, Poland | Hilton Warsaw Hotel and Convention Centre | Grzybowska 63, Warsaw, 00‐844

This regional PSIA learning event in Poland represented an opportunity to collectively reflect on the successes in moving forward the PSIA agenda, but also the challenges and difficulties we face with this work so that we can learn from each other. Given the strong demand and interest from policymakers and other stakeholders in Europe and Central Asia, the event aimed at bringing together representatives from government, civil society, academia and the development community to discuss lessons from practice.

This regional PSIA learning event in Poland has been an opportunity to collectively reflect on the successes in moving forward the PSIA agenda, but also the challenges and difficulties we face with this work so that we can learn from each other. Given the strong demand and interest from policymakers and other stakeholders in Europe and Central Asia, the event aimed at bringing together representatives from government, civil society, academia and the development community to discuss lessons from practice.

The key objectives of the learning event were to:

  • showcase PSIA issues and findings covering a range of topics including water, social safety nets and energy, gas and mining;
  • discuss methodological and practical challenges to designing and conducting PSIAs in the region;
  • exchange experiences on how to use PSIA that is to navigate the difficult dialogue and social pact around reforms and to translate findings into improved policy design;
  • examine ways to improve the implementation and effectiveness of reforms through enhanced stakeholder engagement (policy makers, civil society, academia, media, etc.);
  • explore the scope for knowledge exchange and capacity building in Europe and Central Asia.

The learning event encompassed a 2-day regional conference that brought together key policymakers, development partners and local stakeholders. From each country, invitees included representatives from government, civil society and academia who have an interest in poverty and social impacts of reforms.

The format included presentations, expert panels, and thematic in‐depth discussions that highlight issues and findings from the selected studies and experiences.

The conference was beneficial to representatives from civil society/academia as it highlighted the importance and relevance of PSIAs proposing opportunities for more engagement during the PSIA process. For technical staff, the focus on best practices for designing and implementing a PSIA proved to be valuable.

PSIA Learning Event “Tackling Difficult Issues in Policy Reform: Evidence from Europe and Central Asia”

Agenda & Event Materials

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

8:00 - 9:15 am

Registration and Coffee

9:15 - 10:30 am

WELCOME AND OPENING SESSION

Tackling Difficult Issues of Policy Reform

Marina Wes, Country Manager for Poland, The World Bank

Małgorzata Sarzalska, Director, Department of Economic Analyses and Forecasts, Ministry of
Labor and Social Policy, Poland – PRESENTATION

10:30 - 11:00 am

Coffee break

11:00 am - 12:30 pm

SESSION 1: Shaping the Course of Reform Using Poverty and Social Impact Analysis (PSIA)

Talk-show style discussion featuring experiences from speakers on how analysis of poverty and
social impacts can influence the design of policy reforms.

Dominik Owczarek, Analyst and Project Manager, Institute of Public Affairs, Poland

Yadviga Viktorivna Semikolenova, Senior Energy Economist, The World Bank

Moderator: Maria Beatriz Orlando, Program Manager, PSIA Multi-Donor Trust Fund, The World
Bank

12:30 - 2:00 pm

Lunch

2:00 - 3:30 pm

SESSION 2: Political Economy in PSIA

Panel discussion on the political context for developing PSIAs that can influence policy design.

Yordan Dimitrov, Program Manager and Economist, Balkan Institute for Labor and Social Policy,
Bulgaria

Bakhadur Khabibov, Chairman, Consumers Union of Tajikistan

Gordana Matković, PhD, Associate Professor, University of Belgrade and former General Advisor of the President of Serbia

Rob Swinkels, Senior Social Development Specialist, The World Bank

Chair: Luis-Felipe López-Calva, Lead Economist, The World Bank

3:30 - 4:00 pm

Coffee break

4:00 - 5:30 pm

SESSION 3: Engaging Stakeholders, Communicating Results

Panel discussion with examples of collaborative PSIAs that have effectively engaged with country
stakeholders and counterparts.

Ryszard Malarski, Consultant, The World Bank

Kuba Wygnański, Board President, Unit for Social Innovation and Research, SHIPYARD, Poland

Zornitsa Zheleva, State Expert, Ministry of Transport, Information Technology and Communications, Bulgaria – PRESENTATION

Chair: Daniel Owen, Senior Social Development Specialist, The World Bank

6:00 – 8:00 pm

Welcome Reception and Dinner

 

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

8:30 - 9:00 am

Breakfast

9:00 : 9:15 am

Welcome and Overview for Day 2

Juan Carlos Parra, PSIA MDTF Secretariat, The World Bank

9:15 - 10:15 am

SESSION 4: Tricks of the Trade - Conducting Poverty and Social Impact Analysis

Two parallel sessions: presenters will share their experiences from the process of designing and
conducting a PSIA, including methodology, timeline, dissemination strategy, and stakeholder
engagement.

Nils Junge, Consultant, The World Bank – Utility Reforms

Queries Checklist

Anna Olefir, Operations Officer, The World Bank – Education Reforms – PRESENTATION

10:30 - 11:00 am

Coffee Break

11:00 am - 12:30 pm

SESSION 5: Knowledge and Learning: Experiences in Capacity Building

Presentations will highlight examples of capacity development in PSIA, as well as areas for
improvement.

Nils Junge, Consultant, The World Bank - PRESENTATION

Christopher T. Mallmann, Systemic Organization Advisor, ctm, Berlin

Juan Carlos Parra, Social Development Specialist, The World Bank - PRESENTATION

Chair: Ursula Stiegler, Advisor, GIZ

12:30 - 2:00 pm

Lunch

2:00 - 3:30 pm

SESSION 6: Social Inclusion in Poverty and Social Impact Analysis

Presentations on how PSIAs help policy makers ensure that the poor, vulnerable and excluded
groups benefit from policy reforms and development programs.

Maciej Bukowski, President, Warsaw Institute of Economic Studies, Poland - “Social inclusion and activation reforms in Poland”- PRESENTATION

Roberta V. Gatti, Lead Economist, The World Bank - “Reflection on equality of opportunity for
marginalized Roma” - PRESENTATION

Eugenia Sas, Registrar, National Agency for Cadaster and Land Registration, Romania - “Impact of the rural land registration program on vulnerable population in Romania” – PRESENTATION

Chair: Maria Beatriz Orlando, Program Manager, PSIA MDTF, The World Bank

3:30 - 4:30 pm

KEYNOTE ADDRESS: Measuring Welfare Effects of Policy Reform

James E. Foster, Professor of Economics and International Affairs, George Washington University, USA - PRESENTATION

Chair: Luis-Felipe López-Calva, Lead Economist, The World Bank

 

 

Event Details
  • Date: March 24‐25, 2015
  • Venue: Hilton Warsaw Hotel and Convention Centre, Grzybowska 63, Warsaw, 00‐844, Poland
  • RSVP: Karolina Malgorzata Kumor at kkumor@worldbank.org