IPC-IG holds second session of webinar on a triangular cooperation initiative in Morocco and Tunisia
The International Policy Centre for Inclusive Growth (IPC-IG) held a webinar with government members from Tunisia and Morocco to reflect on social protection during recovery from the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.
This was the second session of a series of five webinars entitled "Social Protection Systems Reforms: South-South and Triangular Cooperation Initiative in the Maghreb Region". The series, initiated and funded by UNICEF and organised in partnership with the World Bank, the French Development Agency (AFD) and the IPC-IG, aims to create a space for sharing experiences between Morocco, Tunisia, Latin America and sub-Saharan Africa.
This second session, moderated by Ms. Nadine Poupart and Mr. Carlos Soto (AFD) benefitted from the participation of two experts and social protection practitioners from different continents.
Each speaker presented the main practices and lessons learned in their respective countries regarding the coordination and reduction of fragmentation of social policies. Mr. Ousmane Basse, Director of Strategies and Planning of the General Delegation for Social Protection and National Solidarity (DGPSN), presented Senegal's experience with reforms and governance of its social protection system. Mr. Javier Curcio, an academic specialising in social protection and a researcher at the Interdisciplinary Institute of Political Economy in Buenos Aires, focused on the challenges and lessons learned from the Argentinian case regarding the coordination of the country’s social protection system.
Representatives from the governments of Morocco and Tunisia debated with the speakers about their countries’ experiences with mechanisms, paradigms and the design of coordination systems for social protection. Discussions focused on issues related to possible sources of financing and the capacity for effective coordination to reduce transition costs between the contributory and non-contributory sectors. A final discussion considered possible paths for coordination of both countries’ social protection systems.