Following the meetings of the Forum of Ministers of Social Development in South Asia organized within the framework of UNESCO’s Management of Social Transformations (MOST) Progamme, in Pakistan in 2006, in India in 2008, and in Sri Lanka in 2011, a regional conference on social protection will be held from 12 to 15 December 2012, at the Marian College in Kuttikkanam, Kerala, southwest of the Indian peninsula.
As part of decennial year celebrations of the Marian School of Social Work, the conference “Social Protection: Perspectives and Policies” organized by the International Council on Social Welfare of South Asia, with the support of the UNESCO Office in New Delhi, aims to discuss social protection issues of this region with the objective to formulate effective social protection schemes.
According to the organizers, social protection policies are expected to address insecurities related to the failure to meet basic economic and social needs, requiring promotional policies, as well as those related to unexpected contingencies, requiring protective policies.
After a day of discussion reserved for students, participants to this conference, from academia, many NGOs, policy-making bodies and the administration, will share during three days their research experience on existing programs, best practices, issues, concerns and social policies in different parts of the globe, particularly in developing countries.
Together, they will elaborate a Policy Paper which will be submitted to the Government of India to improve social protection policies in the country.
One of the expected outcomes of the conference will be a network of academicians, activists, and policy makers which will be created to deliberate on and to review existing programs vis‐à‐vis their effectiveness for social protection; to clarify and enhance understanding of the concept of social protection and its applications to policy and governance; to gather proposals drawn from experiences of other countries which can help the government to formulate inclusive policies and develop deeper insight into the issues of social protection of marginalized groups.