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How the Rich Protect Their Poor: Social Safety Nets in OECD Countries

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Argentina and Uruguay, April 16-20 , 2007.
Chaired by: Emil Tesliuc and Azedine Oureghi

The course was held over five days, and was tailored toward World Bank staff and Government counterparts working on middle-income countries interested in learning about the design and implementation of social safety nets (SSNs) in developed countries.

The course covers a number of topics of high interest for medium-income countries:

  • The rationale and the role of the SSN policies and programs in the broader set of social protection policies. What explains the different paths followed by Anglo-Saxon and continental EU countries?
  • The diversity of approaches toward SSN systems, analyzed along a number of key dimensions (generosity; duration; central vs. local control; universal vs. targeted; activation measures; family obligations vs. collective solidarity; recipients’ duties; institutional and financial arrangements).
  • What factors have pushed the reforms of SSN systems in OECD countries, and what policy responses have been implemented?
  • A review of recent innovations in SSN service delivery and financing: service integration; contracting-out; performance management arrangements; and financing options under centralized or decentralized systems.


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