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New Directions in Social Policy: Towards a Post-2015 Agenda

Date: 9 Apr 2014

  • Time: 12:30- 14:00
  • Location: Library Events Room (B-135), Palais des Nations, Geneva
  • Project Title: UNRISD Seminar Series


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?

Introductory Remarks:

Per Ronnås, Senior Specialist, Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida)


Jimi Adesina, Professor and DST/NRF SARChl Chair in Social Policy at the University of South Africa

Michael Cichon, President of the International Council on Social Welfare, Professor of Social Protection at UNU Maastricht, and former Director of the ILO’s Social Security

Rana Jawad, Lecturer in Social Policy, University of Bath, and founder of the MENA social policy network

Andras Uthoff, Professor in the Faculty of Economy and Business at the Universidad de Chile, and former Director of ECLAC’s Division of Social Developement


Sarah Cook, Director of the United Nations Research Institute for Social Development

The event will be followed by a reception

Invitees not in possession of a UN badge should register on the UNOG website at www.unog.ch/librarytalks , bring valid ID and a copy of this invitation on the day of the event to the Pregny Gate, located at 8 - 14 Avenue de la Paix, 1211 Geneva 10.

Remote access to the seminar

We will be tweeting key messages live from the seminar and welcome your comments and questions, which, time permitting, we may be able to put directly to the speaker. Follow us on @UNRISD and #UNRISDseminar. 

This event will be video and audio recorded. If you would like to be notified when the video and the podcast are online, please send an email with “Audio/video notification” in the subject line to vaque@unrisd.org


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