Universal social protection: From poverty to inequality

How social protection in developing countries is evolving as a driver of inclusive growth, not just a safety net for those left behind

Lab debate
Tuesday, June 18, 2019
17:00 to 18:15

The global poverty rate fell from 36 % in 1990 to 10 % in 2015 – by a billion people. At the same time, inequality rose across the world, particularly in China and India, which have driven the decline in global poverty. Social protection is playing an increasingly important role in reducing poverty thanks to higher coverage, better programmes and greater financing. Its potential as a mechanism to reduce inequality is under-utilised, even though it is widely accepted as a key component of inclusive growth strategies. Participants will explore whether to expand the focus of social protection to include inequality and achieve Sustainable Development Goal 10 – reducing inequality within and among countries.

Organised by


Alexander Pick
OECD Development Centre
Teresa Munzi
Director of Operations
LIS Cross-National Data Center in Luxembourg
Audrey Le Guével
Programmes and Operations Officer
International Labour Organization
María Gladys Valero Vivas
Directora General
Instituto para la Economía Social
Dharendra Wardhana
Deputy Director on Social Protection
Ministry of Planning, Indonesia
Koen Vleminckx
SOCIEUX+ EU Expertise on Social Protection, Labour and Employment
Jérémie Pellet
Director General - Expertise France
Expertise France