The World Bank in collaboration with the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH on behalf of the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), is organizing a Forum on “Delivering Social Protection and Labor Systems in Urban Settings”. The Berlin Forum will be held from June 24-26, 2015 in Berlin, Germany.

The main goal of the Berlin Forum is to give participants a better understanding of the challenges urban decision makers are facing in the provision of basic urban and social services to their population.  There will be three sessions and a global café on the following related topics: (i) Institutional interlinkages and challenges in delivering Social Protection and Labor systems (SPL) in urban areas; (ii) Linking social assistance to jobs and productive inclusion; (iii) Harnessing safety nets to provide health insurance to the poor in urban settings; and (iv) the global café for discussing how to cover the urban poor including “finding” the most vulnerable by selecting and adapting innovative targeting methods, reaching out to the urban poor and enrolling them in SPL programs, issuing of payments and structuring of benefits, as well as financing such programs in an environment of competing demands and budget constraints.

This Berlin Global Learning Forum (BGLF) follows a series of joint GIZ-WB Learning Fora. While learning from past experience and shared results, we are also planning to look ahead to the upcoming joint event on SPL Delivery Systems in Urban Settings to be held in Beijing in November 2015.

Around 50 participants from 8-10 countries are expected to attend the 3-day event in Berlin. A half-day field trip will provide participants with the opportunity to experience SPL delivery systems in action in selected areas of Berlin.