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

Here you can download the detailed programme

NEWS

sef: insights 3-4|2018

NEW PUBLICATIONS

During the Potsdam Spring Dialogues we spoke to two experts about innovative measures of social protection. Nkateko Chauke elaborates in the interview how a Basic Income Grant for the SADC region might work. Raquel Tebaldi gives recommendations how social protection might cover women better.

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Internet freedom is threatened in many states by restrictions to net neutrality or by governments shutting down internet applications. But there are rays of hope. In different world regions, civil society is mobilizing to protect net neutrality or to fight digital rights abuses in the courts. What do activists’ experiences from Europe and Africa have in common? What can journalists and the media contribute?

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Strengthening Local Peacebuilding

EXPERT CONFERENCE ON 29/30 May 2018

The Berlin Summer Dialogue on 29 and 30 May 2018 will discuss the chances and challenges of local peacebuilding as the basis for sustaining peace., with a particular focus on the participation of women and youth. In addition, we will look at useful support for local peace initiatives from outside. Further information and the programme can be found here. Participation by invitation only.

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Public Evening Event

The role of local media in armed conflict

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The media have a responsibility to report sensitively on conflicts and diverse social groups. The spread of disinformation or “fake news” can escalate conflicts. It is important to raise media professionals’ awareness of conflict-sensitive, peace-oriented journalism. At a public evening event during the Berlin Summer Dialogue, we would like to discuss opportunities and limits of a peace-oriented reporting with media experts working in conflict zones Register now!

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NEW ISSUE PUBLISHED

The world is facing enormous challenges in light of protracted crises and conflicts. The United Nations are looking for answers with the new ‘sustaining peace’ approach. What are the chances of the new approach to change the UN and create sustainable peace? The new Global Governance Spotlight written by Cedric de Coning offers a current overview.

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