The MDGs re-emphasized the important role of social policies in development, illustrated in particular by the massive expansion of social protection since the turn of the millennium. However, much more is happening in countries in the global South. Many are responding to crises and adjustment, globalization and global environmental change, demographic transition and new social movements, among other risks and challenges, with an expanding repertoire of social policies and programmes. In some cases, poverty and inequality are being reduced, and more resilient systems of welfare provision established.
- What are the changing contexts for social policy in emerging and low-income economies?
- What policies are being pursued and why?
- Are we seeing the emergence of new welfare systems that will be more resilient to the challenges of the 21st century?
- And what will this mean for a post-2015 development agenda?
, Senior Specialist, Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida)
, Professor and DST/NRF SARChl Chair in Social Policy at the University of South Africa
, President of the International Council on Social Welfare, Professor of Social Protection at UNU Maastricht, and former Director of the ILO’s Social Security
, Lecturer in Social Policy, University of Bath, and founder of the MENA social policy network
, Professor in the Faculty of Economy and Business at the Universidad de Chile, and former Director of ECLAC’s Division of Social Developement
, Director of the United Nations Research Institute for Social Development
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