Description

ADB is hosting an online event on social protection for economic inclusion, which centers on the graduation approach as a key strategy for addressing remaining poverty and reducing inequality in Asia and the Pacific. The keynote speaker is Dr. Abhijit Banerjee, Ford Foundation International Professor of Economics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and recipient of the 2019 Sveriges Riksbank Prize in Economic Sciences in Memory of Alfred Nobel for his pioneering work in poverty reduction and development economics research.

The event will highlight key considerations for governments that are planning for, implementing, and scaling up the graduation approach. It will share new evidence from a randomized evaluation of a graduation program led by the Government of the Philippines and discuss lessons and insights on economic inclusion and support for poor and vulnerable households with technical experts focused on program adaptation and scale.

Objectives

The objective of the online event is to introduce the graduation approach as a key strategy for economic inclusion and social protection and highlight experiences, lessons, and considerations of governments in different stages of adopting the graduation approach.

It will share new evidence from a randomized evaluation of a graduation program led by the Department of Labor and Employment of the Government of the Philippines and discuss lessons and insights on economic inclusion and support for poor and vulnerable households with technical experts focused on program adaptation and scale.

Sessions will facilitate discussions with government representatives to equip them with the knowledge and tools to use evidence from graduation programs to inform poverty alleviation policies in their own context. The event will also highlight how civil society brings innovation to development.

Target participants

Government representatives, civil society representatives, social protection specialists: development partners, economic research specialists, impact evaluation specialists, resettlement specialists, sector specialists in sustainable livelihoods, financial inclusion or social empowerment.

Speakers

  • Abhijit Banerjee, Ford Foundation International Professor of Economics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and recipient of the 2019 Sveriges Riksbank Prize in Economic Sciences in Memory of Alfred Nobel
  • Bambang Susantono, Vice-President for Knowledge Management and Sustainable Development, ADB
  • Bruno Carrasco, Director General, Sustainable Development and Climate Change Department, ADB
  • Yasuyuki Sawada, Chief Economist and Director General, ADB
  • Wendy Walker, Chief of Social Development Thematic Group, ADB
  • Alex Avila, Assistant Secretary, Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), Government of the Philippines
  • Dean Karlan, Founder and President, Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA)
  • Shameran Abed, Senior Director, Microfinance and Ultra-Poor Graduation Programs, BRAC
  • Karin Schelzig, Principal Social Sector Specialist, ADB
  • Lauren Whitehead, Director of Technical Assistance, BRAC Ultra-Poor Graduation Initiative (UPGI)
  • Marlowe Popes, Project Coordinator, BRAC UPGI
  • Dristy Shrestha, Technical Advisor, BRAC UPGI
  • Emily Beam, University of Vermont

How to register

Registration is closed.

Event organizers / partners

ADB's Sustainable Development and Climate Change Department

Event Contact

  • Ma. Catherine MALILAY (Ms) Senior Operations Assistant NGO and Civil Society Center (NGOC), Sustainable Development and Climate Change Department Asian Development Bank +63 2 8632-6524 E-mail contact form