Potsdam Spring Dialogues 2018

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Strengthening Social Protection in Africa. National, regional and international strategies

19-20 April 2018, NH Hotel Potsdam

Conference languages: German/English (simultaneous interpretation)

In sub-Sahara Africa, only 17.8 percent of the population is covered by social protection. Africa, then, is still the continent with poorest access to social protection coverage – coupled with growing inequality. This is the case even though numerous African countries have adopted measures to improve social protection in recent years. A large number of relevant initiatives have been established at both regional and continental level.

How successful are they and what are the challenges associated? What has to happen for initiatives to be effective on a broader scale? And what kind of support can the international community provide?

Programme

Thursday, 19 April 2018

SESSION I
Social protection for all. Tackling inequalities across Africa

SESSION II
Scientific Introduction

SESSION III
Investing effectively in social protection. Innovative options for financing

SESSION IV
Graduating out of poverty with social protection. Activating everyone’s potential


Friday, 20 April 2018

SESSION V
Social insurance. A social contract as a basis for contributory approaches?

SESSION VI
Towards universal social protection.
How can countries cooperate at regional and international level?

SESSION VII
Wrap-up

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