The World Bank, in partnership with the Government of Brazil and the State of Rio de Janeiro, is organizing the 5th South-South Learning Forum. The Forum will promote knowledge exchange among practitioners from low- and middle-income countries, and fragile states on ways to improve the design of social protection and labor (SPL) systems at the policy, program and service delivery levels.
Building on the experience of World Bank client countries with improving SPL programs through an integrated approach, the Forum will focus on answering one question: How can sustainable and inclusive social protection and labor systems be designed and implemented in challenging economic and demographic contexts?
Special attention will also be paid to service delivery instruments. Any system needs delivery instruments to accurately identify eligible individuals or households; ensure low-cost program enrollment; deliver well-targeted goods, cash or services; efficiently track results; and provide for oversight, grievance and redress. Recent technological progress has lowered the cost of reaching the poor while improving the ability of governments to ensure that these expenditures actually benefit the target population. Forum discussions will therefore center on designing effective delivery systems, enrollment and transaction processes and monitoring and information systems.