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World Bank’s Month-Long Event

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Social Protection Coverage & Recovering from Crises such as COVID-19

For the first time, the World Bank is offering a global Social Protection & Jobs (SPJ) event at no cost, and with interpretation available both in Arabic and French.

This year, the World Bank’s Social Protection and Jobs Global Practice will host a virtual Core Knowledge Exchange event (CKEx). While the COVID-19 pandemic prevents us from meeting in person, we will bring together global experts, World Bank staff, practitioners, policymakers, and others for a month-long event beginning May 3, 2021, and running through May 26.

Themes. The CKEx event will focus on two overarching themes:

  • Expanding Social Protection coverage to all:
  • Responding to and recovering from crises such as the COVID-19 pandemic.

Motivitaion

Many households are still unprotected and vulnerable to shocks and fluctuations in income. This includes the “missing middle” of households without social protection coverage, who are mostly employed informally, and who will require innovative and integrated responses to be brought into SP systems. Social protection systems must expand, be flexible, and make us changing technology and demands to achieve universal protection. Similarly, workers and households must have the tools and support to create and seize new opportunities for integration into productive work. 

The COVID-19 pandemic has devastated labor markets around the world. Millions of workers have lost their jobs, millions more are out of the labor force altogether. The impacts of these changes will differ significantly: women, younger workers, those with less education and fewer skills, migrants and refugees, and the elderly and disabled, are likely to suffer more. Above all are the millions of informal workers and their families who are not covered by existing SP/SN systems. On the other hand, the COVID-19 crisis may present an opportunity to build more inclusive and effective Social Protection Systems, promote investments for green jobs and growth, to enhance resilience for the future.

Approach

The CKEx aims to advance client capability and engagement by:

  • Building capacity- on expanding and strengthening Social Protection and Jobs programs to cover vulnerable but uninsured households;
  • Sharing experiences from clients, implementing agencies, and policymakers on building successful adaptive and responsive SPJ programs to deal with future crises; and
  • Reflecting on ways to advance understanding of how policies, programs, and instruments can support and build on the post-COVID recovery in social protection, livelihoods, well-being, and human capital development. 
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Audience

The audience for the CKEx will come from a wide range of Social Protection and Jobs counterparts, including policymakers, policy analysts, research staff and professionals from public and private institutions, Government ministries and implementing agencies. Participants may be nominated by or through Regional Focal Points so if you have potential participants in mind please contact the relevant RFP to have them added to the list.  Participation in the CKEx will be by invitation only issued through the Core Team.  All participants must register. Participants (including presenters) are invited to attend all sessions.

Session format

Sessions should take the following approach:  A framing presentation, academic findings and research or syntheses in the first half, presented by Bank staff.  The second half should be case studies presented by country and partner counterparts.  Cases studies will be selected in collaboration between Session Leads and Regional Focal Points

IT platform

Zoom will be used for its polling and other interactive functionality, as well as being able to support multiple simultaneous interpretations.

Language

The working language of the event is English

Agenda

The four weeks are divided into three thematic buckets and one week of special topics. The thematic buckets are as follows:

Event Schedule

7:00 am - 7:30 am Virtual

Session 1- Opening

7:30 am - 8:30 pm Virtual

Session 2

Covering All 1. Social protection, social insurance, private insurance, and safety nets for the “missing middle”

Truman Packard Truman Packard Lead Economist
Melis Guven Melis Guven Senior Social Protection Economist
8:30 am - 9:30 am Virtual

Session 3

Case studies

7:30 am - 8:30 am Virtual

Session 4

Covering All 2. Economic inclusion for the poorest and most vulnerable

Colin Andrews Colin Andrews Program Manager, Social Protection & Jobs Global Practice
8:30 am - 9:30 am Virtual

Session 5

Case studies

7:30 am - 8:30 am Virtual

Session 6

Tools and Innovations 1. Expanding coverage, identifying beneficiaries: MIS/Big Data, ID4D, etc

8:30 am - 9:30 am Virtual

Session 7

Case studies (eg Rwanda, Nigeria, Morocco, ECOWAS, India)

7:30 am - 8:30 am Virtual

Session 1

Tools and Innovations 2. Service delivery: G2P, mobile services, counselling and case management, microinsurance

John Blomquist John Blomquist
Tina George Tina George regional Task Team Leader
8:30 am - 9:30 am Virtual

Session 2

Case studies (eg Thailand, Brazil, Philippines, Zambia, India)

7:30 am - 8:30 am Virtual

Session 3

Tools and Innovations 3. Work and productivity: LMIS, the gig economy, digital marketplaces

Wendy Cunningham Wendy Cunningham Lead Economist
Federica Saliola Federica Saliola Lead Economist in the Social Protection and Jobs Global Practice
8:30 am - 9:30 am Virtual

Session 4

Case studies (eg Kenya)

7:30 am - 8:30 am Virtual

Session 5

Tools and Innovations 4. Behavioral interventions for firm and individual participation, tax compliance, savings

Michele Zini Michele Zini Research Analyst
Laura Rawlings Laura Rawlings Lead Economist
8:30 am - 9:30 am Virtual

Session 6

Case studies

7:30 am - 8:30 am Virtual

Building Back Better 1. Designing post-COVID SPJ systems for recovery, resilience, and future shocks

Yasuhiko Matsuda Yasuhiko Matsuda World Bank Country Manager for Malaysia
Christian Bodewig Christian Bodewig Program Manager for Southern Europe
8:30 am - 9:30 am Virtual

Session 2

Case studies

7:30 am - 8:30 am Virtual

Session 3

Building Back Better 2. Supporting the post-COVID recovery of jobs, businesses, incomes

Michael Weber Michael Weber Senior Economist with the World Bank’s Human Capital Project
Ian Walker Ian Walker Manager of the World Bank’s Jobs Group
8:30 am - 9:30 am Virtual

Session 4

Case studies

7:30 am - 9:00 am Virtual

Session 1

Special topics 1. Designing SPJ programs to combat GBV

Aline Coudouel Aline Coudouel Social Protection and Jobs Global Practice in South Asia
Alessandra Heinemann Alessandra Heinemann Senior Social Protection Specialist and Gender Lead in the Global Practice for Social Protection and Jobs
7:30 am - 9:00 am Virtual

Session 2

Special topics 2. SPJ programs for refugees and the displaced and in FCV countries

Jan von der Goltz Jan von der Goltz Economist in the Jobs Group
Rebekka Grun Rebekka Grun Practice Leader in the West Africa Region
7:30 am - 9:00 am Virtual

Session 3

Special topics 3. Providing long-term care to elderly, supporting an aging workforce

Montserrat Pallares Montserrat Pallares Senior Social Protection Economist
Elena Glinskaya Elena Glinskaya Lead Social Protection Specialist and Program Leader for China, Mongolia and Korea
7:30 am - 9:00 am Virtual

Session 4

Special topics 4. Programs for increasingly urban populations and poverty

Ugo Gentilini Ugo Gentilini Global Lead for Social Assistance with the Social Protection and Jobs Global Practice
7:30 am - 9:00 am Virtual

Session 5

Special topics 5. Designing and delivering SP and employment services for the disabled

Vlad Grigoras Vlad Grigoras
Saska Posarac Saska Posarac Lead Economist and Program Leader for Human Development, based in Pretoria
Manuel Salazar Manuel Salazar
7:30 am - 9:00 am Virtual

Session 6

Special topics 6. Sustainable financing for expanded and adaptive SPJ systems

Johannes Koettl Johannes Koettl Senior Economist
9:00 am - 10:00 am Virtual

Session 7

Closing

  • Date : May 3, 2021 - May 26, 2021
  • Time : 7:00 am - 10:00 am (Asia/Bahrain)
  • Venue : Virtual event live-streamed from Bahrain
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