Workshop on Leaving No One Behind: Inequality and Social Protection in North and Central Asia (NCA)

20 Aug 2019
Issyk-Kul, Kyrgyzstan
By invitation only

The Social Development Division is organizing a one-day "Workshop on Leaving No One Behind in North and Central Asia". The workshop aims to enhance the understanding of policymakers in North and Central Asia on measuring and reducing inequality of opportunity, including through inclusive social protection.

The workshop will also present an opportunity for national experts and government officials from Ministries to share experiences on social protection in the subregion.

The first part of the workshop will focus on ways to measure inequality of opportunity and identify the furthest behind, an essential part of leaving no one behind (LNOB). Policymakers will be introduced to innovative methodologies (classification tree analysis and the dissimilarity index or D-Index) to measure inequality in access to basic services and identify the furthest behind in relation to opportunities such as education, decent work, nutrition, clean energy, water and sanitation, as well as health care and financial inclusion (forthcoming). Country-level data are currently available for five member States in NCA: Armenia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Turkmenistan.

The second part of the workshop will be dedicated to exploring social protection as a policy response to multidimensional inequality and other social development challenges, integral to the achievement of all Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). ESCAP tools to be presented include the Social Protection Policy Guides on how to develop, implement and finance inclusive social protection systems; the Social Protection Simulation Tool, which estimates the impact of extending different social protection schemes (forthcoming); and the Social Protection Toolbox, an interactive online platform that provides good practices and infographics on social protection.

The workshop will be designed to be interactive and encourage collaboration and peer learning among participants.

The workshop will be conducted in English and Russian with simultaneous interpretation.

Download the tentative programme here.