Online Event: Global Learning Event – Economic Inclusion for the Poorest: Moving to Scale

The Partnership for Economic Inclusion is pleased to announce the virtual Global Learning Event (GLE) to take stock of the experiences in moving national economic inclusion programs for the poorest and most vulnerable to scale. 

Join us in this convention of government representatives from over 40 countries and practitioners from over 50 organizations including the World Bank Group, NGOs, UN, private sector, and research community. With English as floor language, the event will feature simultaneous translations into Spanish, French, and Arabic.

It is increasingly apparent that the costs of COVID-19 will be borne disproportionately by poorer segments of society, especially in lower income countries. Women, children and displaced populations have been hardest hit. This crisis – more so than other crises before – requires scalable solutions for the world’s poorest. For many countries, this presents unchartered territory.

 One area of innovation is the progress and potential for scaling up “big push” economic inclusion programs for the poorest. As highlighted in the recent State of Economic Inclusion Report (SEI) 2021 – Moving to Scale, there has been a dramatic push in recent years by governments across the world to promote resilience and opportunities for the world’s poorest  – with increasing signs of evidence that these investments can be impactful and cost effective. These programs build especially on social protection investments, increasingly in the form of “cash-plus” programming.

To kickstart the event, join us for global broadcast featuring thought leaders, champions and commentators on the potential – and pitfalls – of scaling up economic inclusion through national programs, policies and strategies. The panel will represent a diverse range of voices and experiences drawing from academia, government, and international development. Through a conversational format the session will be organized to engage, provoke, and inspire participants on the challenges and opportunities for moving to scale.  

A high-level plenary session of thought-leaders, practitioners, and researchers, including a mix of academics and country practitioners at forefront of translating evidence to action. Following the framing from the State of Economic Inclusion Report 2021, the session will: 

Reflect on the state of evidence on program impact and costs

Highlight key knowledge gaps e.g. heterogeneity of impacts, impact of bundling

Explore how evidence has been incorporated into program design and scale up

This session, chaired by Caren Grown, Director of Gender Group at the World Bank, will bring together experts and global thought leaders to reflect on the transformative potential of economic inclusion programs to advance women’s empowerment. The session will feature a high-level discussion on gender-intentional program design and implementation. With an increased recognition on the potential for these programs to narrow gender gaps in earnings and agency, the conversation will involve a diverse range of voices and experiences drawing from academia, government, and international development.