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Webinar Session on Social Inclusion: What You Need to Know

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The World Bank is launching a webinar series on social inclusion. The first session draw directly from use definitions, operating framework and examples from the recent World Bank Group report Inclusion Matters that places the discussion of social inclusion within global transitions and transformations.

These webinars can be accessed from anywhere and the spectators are expected to be researchers, students, policy makers and development practitioners primarily from developing countries.

The purpose of the webinar is to showcase the fundamental concepts related to social inclusion and policies and practices for their implementation. This session Foundations of Social Inclusion: What You Need to Know, conducted by Maitreyi Bordia Das, Lead Social Development Specialist at the World Bank, will draw important distinctions between social exclusion and related concepts of inequality, poverty, and discrimination. It will take place on December 10, 2014 at 2:00 pm Central European time.

Social exclusion can be felt everywhere. It is relevant for both developing countries and for developed economies as well as a fundamental element of the Post-2015 Development Agenda. Therefore, as Club de Madrid has been working in the last 8 years, there is an urgent need for promoting leadership for social cohesion and shared societies as a key priority for the world today.

Inclusion & Growth – European Development Days 2012

European Development Days

One of the main topics at the upcoming European Development Days (Brussels, October 16 &17) is Inclusive Growth. Meeting at a critical time, participants will experience a unique opportunity to meet a wide range of stakeholders from around the world and debate, take stock, and make recommendations. Six panels will tackle the issue of how to empower the populous for inclusive growth:

  • Building a Social Contract for Health
  • The Perspective of the Working Poor in the Informal Economy
  • Placing Social Protection at the Heart of the Development Agenda
  • Confronting Inequality
  • Responding to Youth Unemployment
  • Making Finance Work for Inclusive Development

By examining countries that are faring well after many years of crisis, we can look to find a path towards social inclusion. The Shared Societies Project believes that leaders will make greater efforts to achieve a shared society once they and their communities understand and communicate the economic benefits of building a shared society. We have therefore been keen to explore how to make this case and how to ensure that the economic argument for building a shared society is internalized and acted upon by leaders.

The World Bank, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the International Financial Corporation (IFI) all agree that rapid growth is key to reducing poverty, but for the growth to be sustainable, it should beincreasingly broad-based across sectors, and inclusive of the majority of a country’s labor force. However, inequalities that disempower and exclude the poor persist across developing and developed countries. Youth unemployment is skyrocketing worldwide, which undercuts economic and social development andcreates disillusionment, disenfranchisement, and social and political unrest. Moreover, inequality fuelled the Arab Spring, which indicates that economicgrowth without jobs and social cohesion can be politically explosive.

For the aforementioned reasons, the upcoming meeting organized by the European Commission is especially relevant. In a crucial year in which many EU countries are working to improve their economies, designing and implementing new policies—we cannot forget social inclusion. EU development policy should promote a ‘green economy’ that generates growth, creates jobs and helps reduce poverty by investing in natural capital through supporting market opportunities for cleaner technologies, energy and resource efficiency, as well as low-carbon development. At the same time, this could spur innovation, the use of ICT and a reduction in the unsustainable use of natural resources. Development policy should also contribute to improving the resilience of developing countries and to combating climate change.

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Global Shared Societies Agenda: Promoting Long-Term Inclusive and Sustainable Growth

Global Shared Societies Agenda: Promoting Long-Term Inclusive and Sustainable Growth

The Club de Madrid’s official side event in Rio+20 is an opportunity to unveil the Global Shared Societies Agenda, a joint initiative Club de Madrid, Friedrich Ebert Stiftung and Center of Concern aimed at promoting long-term inclusive and sustainable growth developed during a seminar in April 2012 in the context of the Spring meetings of the IMF/World Bank, in which representatives of different international organizations took part.

There is a growing concern about current levels of overall inequality and theirnegative impact on economic performance. Equally Shared Societies are not only inherent desirable but they too offer an economic dividend. The costs of social divisions, and of missing out on the Shared Society dividend may be significant and the ultimate consequences for the sustainability of human economic and social life, devastating. The Global Shared societies Agenda is intended to guide on what policy options provide the best opportunities to encourage greater equality, inclusion and sharing and thereby facilitate the creation of a more effective, efficient and sustainable economic system.

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Shared Global Shared Societies Agenda – a Club de Madrid proposal!

Club de Madrid Proposes a “Shared Societies Agenda” During IMF-WB Spring Meetings

The Club de Madrid, the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung, and Center of Concern’s Rethinking Bretton Woods Project jointly organised a Conference on “A Global Shared Societies Agenda: A Strategy to promote social cohesion for sustainable development and growth” at the International Money Fund-World Bank Spring Meetings in April, 22nd, 2012 co-chaired by Club de Madrid Members John Bruton and Petre Roman and IMF’s Deputy Director of Strategy, Policy and Review Department, Hugh Bredenkamp. The meeting’s goal was to promote discussion among influential current and former policymakers and key thinkers in the context of the 2012 Spring Meetings of the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank.

The Club de Madrid and its partners believe the the linkages between reform of the international financial and monetary system and the prioritization of policies that promote equitable and shared societies must be pursued together in order to achieve sustainable development and growth.

The conveners of the meeting will come up with a first draft of A Shared Societies Agenda that will be circulated among the participants for endorsement, and that will be formally presented to the IMF Management –among other organisations- as a next step following the conference.

Read here the program of the session:




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