Governments around the world are increasingly focused on the “promotion” function of their social protection systems – how to improve access to jobs and earnings opportunities. On one hand, they are looking for policies and programs that improve the employability and earnings opportunities of the work-able recipients of public income support. On the other hand, there is a general concern with the ability of workers, including the majority who are not receiving any type of transfer, to access quality jobs.
An important policy agenda, which is the focus of the conference, calls for policies that remove the constraints or disincentives for individuals to have to access to more and better jobs. The main objective of the conference is to contribute to the policy debate, by looking at recent and innovative activation policies from developing and developed countries. Special attention will be given to the activation and active labor market programs that have been subject to a more rigorous empirical scrutiny and to rigorous impact evaluations. The conference aims to foster an open discussion on these issues. It will identify results and lessons from the implementation in developed and developed world and lay out knowledge gaps for labor market policies in developing countries.
The target audience for this conference includes:
- Policymakers from developing countries but especially Turkey (ISKUR, MoL, Ministry of Finance).
- Researchers at universities and development practitioners in international organizations, including the World Bank, IABD and the OECD.
- Members of evaluation and research departments of multilateral and bilateral institutions, including the World Bank, BMZ/KFWS/GTZ, DFID and AFD.
- Policymakers interested in evaluation and evidence-based policy-making.
Conference Program (IZA website)