Each of the proposed thematic sessions would consider cross-cutting issues such as governance and institutions, and gender considerations. They will also discuss innovations in methods and approaches towards assessing the impacts of policy reform and addressing knowledge gaps in achieving inclusive development. The thematic issues mentioned will be subsequently defined by specific sub-themes and key questions to be addressed. They will be deliberated upon in parallel sessions featuring a set of papers selected through a competitive call for papers with particular emphasis on young researchers from the Global South.
What are the potential approaches and strategies for achieving universal social protection, considering the diverse contexts of different countries?
How can developing countries generate the necessary resources to implement and sustain universal social protection systems effectively?
What is the impact and effectiveness of direct benefit transfers in delivering social services as part of universal social protection?
How can universal social protection be extended to vulnerable groups, such as women and girls, who face lifelong vulnerabilities across various stages of their lives?
What measures and policies can effectively ensure social protection coverage for vulnerable workers, including migrants and those residing in remote areas?
What institutional and governance innovations are necessary to ensure the efficient and effective implementation of universal social protection policies at a national level?
How can monitoring, evaluation, and data systems be strengthened to prevent mistargeting and ensure the effective delivery of social protection benefits to the poor and vulnerable?
Note: The questions given above are indicative only. Potential paper writers are welcome to contribute on additional relevant sub-themes as well.