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Agenda of the Berlin Global Learning Forum 2015

Tuesday, 23 June 2015
  Arrival day
Check in and registration in the Hotel

Wednesday, 24 June 2015



Official Opening

Ms. Ingrid-Gabriela Hoven, Director General, Global Issues - Sector Policies and Programmes, Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), Germany


Social Protection in Urban Areas, Framing the Issues

Mr. Arup Banerji, Senior Director, Social Protection and Labor Global Practice, World Bank Group

10:30-11:00 Tea and Coffee Break

Institutional and Financial Challenges in Delivering Social Protection Systems in Urban Settings

Introductory Keynote:

Ms. Linda Gibbs, Former New York City Deputy Mayor of Health and Human Services and Principal Social Services, Bloomberg Associates, USA

Panel discussion:


Mr. Ulrich Hoerning, Senior Social Protection Economist, Social Protecton and Labor Global Practice, World Bank Group


Mr. Adilson Nogueira Pires, Deputy Mayor of Social Affairs, City of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Mr. Torsten Sevecke, Head of District, Administration of Hamburg-Eimsbüttel, Freie und Hansestadt Hamburg, Germany

Mr. Weidong Li, Deputy Director, Center of Monitoring and Verification of Low Income Families, Ministry of Civil Affairs, China

Mr. Abdul Ahad Wahid, Acting Mayor of Kabul, Afghanistan [via VC]

Local governance is challenged with balancing the interests of people, space and infrastructure in a specified local area. While space is local by definition, people are by definition mobile, especially when considered as beneficiaries of national-level social safety net or productive inclusions programs.

With the scaling up of many social protection programs from pilots with limited geographical focus to wide scale national schemes during the last years and decades, the role of local governments in this field is growing in many countries. Therefore, more work is needed to improve the governance and institutional dimensions related to the delivery of effective social protection at local level.

As national programs "hit the ground" in urban settings, they are presented with specific challenges of governance, implementation and coordination to other policies. A range of middle-income countries have developed effective systems of division of tasks between central and local level governments during the last years with the associated fiscal federalism financial flows and controls, administrative division of labor and transfer of political decision making power to locally elected bodies.

This panel discussion with policy makers from local governments of urban areas will explore the institutional, procedural and financing design choices that local metropolitan governments face when wanting to coordinate with or adapt national social protection policies to their space of responsibility by addressing the following issues:

  • Strategies and approaches on how to integrate and adapt national social protection policies and programs to local contexts of urbanizing areas
  • Innovations that have been developed and implemented at local level and their potential for replication
  • Models for effective coordination across different government levels
1:00-2:00 Lunch at the Maritim Hotel

Linking Social Assistance and Productive Inclusion

Case study presentation


Ms. Roberta Gatti, Lead, Global Solutions Group on Labor, Social Protection and Labor Global Practice, World Bank Group


Mr. Jesus Valencia Argueta, Jefe, Diseno y Evaluacion, Fondo de Inversion Social para el Desarrollo Local (FISDL) and Mr. Carlos Gomez, Chief Executive Director, Salvadorin Institute for Professional Training (INSAFORP), El Salvador

Ms. Marlene Febes Peralta, Director III (Assistant Regional Director), Department of Social Welfare and Development, Philippines

Mr. Rolf Schmachtenberg, Director General, Participation, Matters concerning People with Disabilities, Social Compensation, Social Assistance, Federal Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs (BMAS), Germany

In the 2000s, middle- and low-income countries significantly increased their spending on social programs aimed at reducing poverty and increasing equality. Many of these programs, such as those delivering conditional cash transfers (CCT), were designed to break the intergenerational cycle of poverty by investing in the human capital of children from the poorest families. Experience has shown, however, that a significant proportion of these children did not succeed in entering the labor market when their involvement in the program ended, which meant that the cycle of poverty was not broken.

Addressing this challenge, several countries are creating policies and hybrid programs under which beneficiaries of cash transfer programs are connected with income-generation and labor-market participation programs to improve current employment and future employability conditions. Measures include technical and vocational training, counseling and mentoring, access to finance, support to self-employment and small-scale entrepreneurship, labor intermediation services and direct job creation or indirect job creation in urban areas.

The purpose of this session is to review experiences linking social assistance and productive inclusion urban settings.

Key issues to be discussed will include:

  • Key program design aspects with regards to mechanisms for beneficiary enrollment in active labor market programs (ALMPs)
  • Approaches to link and adjust interventions to specific needs, capacities and markets’ demand
  • Design features of service provision such as length of training/intervention, combining different categories of interventions to address beneficiaries and markets’ needs, and institutional coordination challenges


The cases studies will also present information about costs, coverage, and outcomes and discuss the main implementation challenges.

3:30-4:00 Tea and Coffee Break

Information Session on the Field Trip to the Berlin Borough of Neukölln


Mr. Christof Kersting, Program Director, Global Alliances for Social Protection, GIZ, Germany


Wrap Up

Mr. Ruslan Yemtsov, Lead, Global Solutions Group on Safety Nets, Social Protection and Labor Global Practice, World Bank Group

5:30 Gather in the lobby of the Maritim Hotel to depart for river cruise
6:30 River cruise with dinner
Thursday, 25 June 2015
8:30 Gather by busses to depart for Field Trip
9:00-11:00 Field Trip to the Berlin Borough of Neukölln

Reception by Borough Mayor of the City of Berlin/Neukölln


Ms. Franziska Giffey, Borough Mayor of the City of Berlin/Neukölln

1:00-2:00 Lunch at the Maritim Hotel

Reflections on the Field Trip and Introduction to the Afternoon of Day 2


Ms. Uwe Gehlen, Head of Section, Social Protection, Division of Educaion, Health, Social Protection, GIZ, Germany


Harnessing Safety Nets to Provide Health Insurance to the Poor


Ms. Jennifer Hennig, Coordinator Latin America, Global Alliances for Social Protection, GIZ, Peru


Ms. Leizel Lagrada, Independent Consultant, Health Policy Development and Planning Bureau, Joint Learning Network for Universal Health Coverage (JLN), Philippines

Mr. Pedro Grillo, Jefe de Seguro Integral de Salud (SIS), Peru

Mr. Onkar Singh Meena, Secretary of Health and Family Welfare, Rashtriya Swasthya Bima Yojana (RSBY), State Government of West Bengal, India

Recent years have seen a great push worldwide towards Universal Health Coverage (UHC) and towards extending coverage to vulnerable and poor population groups. Countries have adopted different strategies for achieving this goal. Countries like Thailand have opted for an untargeted approach: anyone not part of formal sector social security is automatically covered by the Universal Coverage Scheme. Other countries like India, Peru and the Philippines are offering subsidized health insurance for the poor, and sometimes near-poor. Targeting is often, but not always, done by the Ministries of Social Welfare in these countries using different approaches such as demographic targeting, (proxy) means testing, community‐based targeting, and self‐targeting. Each of these approaches has strengths and weaknesses and often a combination of methods is used.

Countries that are trying to extend coverage and have not decided on what approach to take, should consider both targeted and untargeted approaches, weighing these in terms of likely impact as well as fiscal and implementation feasibility.

This session will bring together countries that have opted for a targeted approach. It will discuss the practical challenges that they faced interacting with other agencies that managed the targeting process as well as their enrolment and transaction processes.  

The following issues will be explored in detail in this session by discussing examples and experiences from the different countries represented:

-  How is eligibility determined and what challenges have arisen during implementation?

-  What are challenges and innovations regarding the enrollment of poor and vulnerable beneficiaries into the health insurance scheme? What is the division of roles and responsibilities in this context?

-  What are the challenges for beneficiaries to obtain health services and for the program to ensure that services are actually being provided?

3:30-4:00 Tea and Coffee Break

Global Café

The session consists of simultaneous group discussions among Forum participants, focusing on first-hand country experiences in the design and implementation of social protection systems. The informal setting will allow participants to build collective knowledge of experiences and develop a common understanding of the challenges that their countries might face in the process of establishing social protection systems.


Ms. Friederike Rother, Senior Social Protection Specialist, Social Protection & Labor, World Bank Group

Cases and Presenters:

  1. Spatial Challenges and Solutions in Social Protection – Targeting and Housing Rental Schemes – the Cases of Haiti and the Rio de Janeiro (English)

Mr. Clément Bélizaire, Director of Relocation and Rehabilitation of Precarious Neighborhoods, Unité de Construction de Logements et de Baptiments Publics (UCLBP), Support Schemes for Social Housing, Haiti;

Ms. Samantha Barthelemy, Institutional Relations Representantive, Institute Pereira Passos Brazil, Strategic use of geo-referenced information to feed the prioritization of investments in most vulnerable areas of cities, the case of Rio de Janeiro


  1. The Nuts and Bolts of Targeting in Urban Settings – the Cases Mexico and the State of Rio de Janeiro (Spanish)

Mr. Juan Manuel Lopez Arroyo, Head of the Unit of Planning and International Relations of SEDESOL, & Mr. Edgar Rodolfo OLAIZ ORTIZ, Director General de Cohesión Social. SEDESOL, Mexico: ‘Targeting the extreme poor and adapting federal programs such as Prospera and Cruzada contra el Hambre to the urban context;

Ms. Ana Maria Machado Viera, Superintendent of Renda de Cidadania, Brazil: ‘Buscativa (“active” targeting) for the Brazilian national strategy to reduce extreme poverty - Brasil sim Miseria- in the State of Rio de Janeiro


  1. Productive Inclusion and Social Assistance & How-to Implement Training Programs– the Cases of Chile and El Salvador (Spanish)

Mr. Andrés Pereira, Jefe Unidad Programas de Oferta Subdirección de Gestión de Programas, The Solidarity and Social Investment Fund (FOSIS), Chile;

Mr. Carlos Gomez, Director Ejecutivo, Instituto Salvadoreño de Formación Profesional, Implementing Training Programs, El Salvador


  1. Eligibility, Enrollment, Assisted Take-up and Performance Based Contracting – the Cases of the City of New York and China (English)

Ms. Gail B. Nayowith, City of New York and Bloomberg, Former Executive Director, SCO Family Of Services, USA;

Mr. Yihan Zhong, Program Officer, Social Assistance Department, Ministry of Civil Affairs, China: ‘Interim Measures of Social Assistance issued by the State Council, which outlines a framework for different types of social assistance programs in China’

  1. Providing Subsidized Health Insurance for the Poor and linking it through an integrated MIS – the Cases of Turkey and Indonesia (English)

Ms. Asih Eka Putri, Member of the National Social Security Council/BPJS I (nat. KV)/ Dewan Jaminan Sosial Indonesia (DJSN), Indonesia;

Mr. Orhan Bilge, Head of Department, Turkey’s Integrated Social Assistance Service Information System (ISAS) – linking health coverage with employment services

  1. Cash transfers to Reduce Poverty and Violence, The case of the City of Rio de Janeiro (Spanish)

Ms. Olga Salgado Castro, Subsecretária de Proteção Social Básica da Secretaria Municipal de Desenvolvimento Social, Municipality of Rio,, Brazil.

  1. Cash Transfer Programs and linking productive inclusion to safety nets the Cases of Bamako, Mali and Germany (English)

Mr. Mahmoud Ali Sako, Coordinator for the Jigiseme Jiri Program, Mali


Wrap Up

Mr. Uwe Gehlen, Head of Section Social Protection, Division of Education, Health, Social Protection, GIZ, Germany

6:45 Optional offer: Guided tour of the Bundestag Dome and surrounding areas
Friday, 26 June 2015

Working session lessons needed – what would participants like to learn more about


Ms. Anush Bezhanyan, Practice Manager for Strategy and Operations, Social Protection and Labor, World Bank Group

Mr. Christof Kersting, Program Director, Global Alliances for Social Protection, GIZ, Germany

The design and implementation of social protection systems in urban areas is a new and critical area of work. Given the cutting-edge nature of the topic, the Berlin Global Learning Forum offered a seminal opportunity to unveil country practices, experimentations and innovations. As a result, it put a premium on learning and represented the beginning of a global process for enhancing dialogue around social protection issues in urban areas. Such process should include combing learning with establishing and/or reinforcing existing communities of practice, partnerships, and knowledge forums.


In this regard, participant would reflect and provide views on the following questions:

  • What have you learned from other countries’ experiences and practices with social protection in urban areas?
  • What are your country-level operational challenges on urban social protection?
  • Given the novel area of the topic – what would be the 3 priority areas that you would like to learn/hear more about? What are your learning needs?
  • How could global initiatives and partnerships help fill those gaps and strengthen social protection in urban settings?
10:30-11:00 Tea and Coffee Break

Presentation by participants onLearning Needs, Lessons Learned and Looking Ahead


Ms. Anush Bezhanyan, Practice Manager for Strategy and Operations, Social Protection and Labor, World Bank Group

Mr. Christof Kersting, Program Director, Global Alliances for Social Protection, GIZ, Germany

12:30-1:30 Lunch

Linking South-South Learning from Rio via Berlin to Beijing – Country Level Perspectives on Urbanized Safety Nets [Panel Discussion]


Mr. Weidong Li, Deputy Director, the Center for Monitoring and Verification of Low Income Families, Ministry of Civil Affairs


Heike Kuhn, Head of Division, Sectoral and Thematic Policies; Poverty Reduction; Social Protection; Inclusion of Persons with Disabilities, Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), Germany

Arup Banerji, Senior Director, Social Protection and Labor, World Bank Group

Antonio Claret, Ex-Vice Minister of Social Assistance and Human Rights, Ministry of Social Development, Brazil

Vivi Yulaswati, Director of Social Protection and Welfare, Ministry of National Development Planning (BAPPENAS), Indonesia

Lopez Arroyo, Director of Planning and International Relations from SEDESOL, Mexico

2:45-3:00 End of the Forum with farewell coffee