Inclusive societies and development

Kick-off meeting of the EU Social Protection Systems Programme



Kick-Off Meeting

16 September 2015

OECD Conference Centre, Paris


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EU Social Protection Systems Programme 



The Kick-off Meeting for the EU Social Protection Systems Programme will bring together key stakeholders and partners for a discussion on how best to support countries in the development and reform of national social protection systems. By bringing together policy-makers, researchers, practitioners, and donor partners, the event aims to foster debate and reflection about the challenges and opportunities for the systematization of social protection in developing countries, and how research and capacity building can best to support national efforts. Throughout the one-day meeting, a series of panel discussions will explore these issues in greater detail.


The EU Social Protection Systems Programme is a new initiative co-financed by the European Union, the OECD and Finland, and managed by the OECD Development Centre and the Finnish National Institute for Health and Welfare (THL). The programme aims to support low and lower middle-income countries in building sustainable and inclusive social protection systems. The initiative will be implemented in 10 partner countries in close partnership with national governments, social protection authorities, think-tanks and other expert institutions from 2015 to 2018. The goal is to support partner countries in the development of nationally-owned social protection systems which deliver progressively higher levels of protection for all people throughout their lifetimes, thereby reducing poverty, vulnerability and inequality.


The format of the Kick-off Meeting is designed to enable an engaging exchange between participants. Four panels will explore challenges and approaches for the systematization of social protection in developing countries. The panels will be composed of representatives from partner countries, as well as researchers and practitioners. The four panels will cover the following questions:


1. Achieving the Sustainable Development Goal’s social protection targets

How are countries preparing to work towards achieving and monitoring progress towards SDG targets 1.3, 5.4 and 10.4? What are the challenges in terms of national implementation capacity? What are the challenges in terms of data and monitoring systems? How can partners best support national efforts?


2. The role of research and evidence in advancing social protection systems-building

How can research and analysis support social protection reform processes and systems-building? How have countries with more advanced social protection systems used research and evidence to support systematization and the expansion of coverage? What are the priority areas for analysis and evidence-generation? What evidence is most critical to advance social protection reform efforts? How can research and evidence-generation be institutionalized in social protection systems? How can feedback loops between research and policy-making work effectively?


3. Financing social protection systems

How can social protection systems be sustainably financed? What models and reforms have proven successful in different contexts? To what extent has the evolution of social protection coverage gone hand in hand with increased domestic revenue mobilization? What are the linkages between taxation and social protection? How can partners support domestic revenue mobilization capacity and investment in social protection?


4. Capacity building for national social protection systems

What types and levels of capacity are needed for the systematization of social protection in different country contexts? What is needed at central and local levels? What approaches to capacity building for social protection have proven successful? How can capacity building interventions be designed and sequenced to support the development of social protection systems?


This kick-off meeting is organised by the OECD Development Centre and the Finnish National Institute for Health and Welfare (THL), with the support of the European Union.



To register please send your contact information to Malgorzata Kotlarz.  


Please note that due to limited space, registration may be restricted.