Second OECD Policy Dialogue on Social Protection and Development

Universal Social Protection (USP) is key to realising inclusive, sustainable growth. It features among national and international strategies to promote human development, reduce poverty and income insecurity, stimulate productive investments, and enhance social cohesion. In line with joint commitments to “implement nationally appropriate social protection systems for all, including floors” under UN SDG 1.3 and the ILO Social Protection Floors Recommendation No. 202, countries across the world have made significant moves to extend social protection coverage for their populations in recent years (ILO, 2020a). Yet, important gaps in coverage and adequacy remain, with 55 per cent of the world’s population still unprotected (ILO, 2017). These gaps largely stem from underinvestment in social protection systems in the context of fiscal constraint, in addition to structural and governance issues. Financing strategies are thus indispensable to maintain a sustainable and equitable social protection system that responds to shocks and demographic and economic changes. These strategies have gained even more importance in the context of the Covid-19 crisis as i) the need for social protection to insure against the loss of income due to lockdown measures rises; and ii) financing becomes further constrained with resources being allocated to other areas of public expenditure (ILO, 2020b).

The second meeting of the OECD Policy Dialogue on Social Protection and Development (PDSPD) aims to provide an interactive platform for member countries of the OECD Development Centre and experts in the field of social protection to engage in peer learning, share policy experiences and collectively produce knowledge and recommendations for the development of innovative financing mechanisms. Session 1 will highlight feasibility and sustainability challenges in expanding USP in developing countries; Session 2 will discuss the role of domestic resource mobilization and equity in tax systems to improve social protection systems; Session 3 will examine what international cooperation can do to support financing social protection in times of crisis; and, Session 4 will explore innovative sources of financing social protection schemes for non-standard forms of employment in light of COVID-19.

The meeting will take place via the Zoom videoconferencing platform,on 29 & 30 November 2021 from 13:00PM to 16:30PM (Paris time - GMT +01:00).  



Day 1: 29 November 2021 (Register here)

  • 13:00-13:15 - Opening Remarks
  • 13:15- 13:30 - Keynote Speaker 
  • 13:30-14:45 - Session 1 Universal social protection in developing countries: Feasibility and sustainability challenges
  • 15:00-16:30 - Session 2 Domestic resource mobilisation and equity in tax systems


Day 2: 30 November 2021 (Register here)

  • 13:00-14:30 - Session 3 The role of international cooperation in financing social protection schemes in times of crisis
  • 14:45-16:15 - Session 4 Innovative financing for shock responsive social protection

Kindly note that interpretation in English and French will be provided for this meeting. The meeting will be recorded.