Report: Berlin Global Learning Forum 2016 - Shock-Responsive Social Protection Systems in an Uncertain World

The second Berlin Global Learning Forum, hosted by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and jointly organized by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH and the Global Practice Group on Social Protection, Labor and Jobs of the World Bank Group, took place from 28 – 30 September 2016. The forum’s objective is to encourage global knowledge sharing by means of peer-to-peer learning among social protection practitioners.

The theme “Shock-Responsive Social Protection Systems in an Uncertain World” put a spotlight on the need for social protection programs to prepare for and rapidly respond to disasters. This includes the scaling up of existing support measures to people affected by a shock and/or providing additional assistance to those already enrolled in a program but whose needs have increased as a result of the shock. Three specific types of crises were discussed in detail: economic shocks, displacement, and natural disasters.

The Berlin Forum complements the “South-South Learning Forum” organized by the “Global Practice on Social Protection and Labor” of the World Bank Group since 2010. The last “South-South Learning Forum” took place 2015 in Beijing and the next one will be organized around the same theme as the Berlin Forum.