At this year’s annual Asia Public Policy Forum “Poverty, Inequality and Social Protection in Asia,” participants will consider approaches to social protection in East Asia and explore the extent to which, and the conditions under which, social protection programs can help reduce poverty and inequality. The Forum will consist of commissioned scholarly paper presentations and plenary discussion of the topics raised in these papers. Small group discussion sessions will also be organized on specific topics.
Outputs from the Forum will include conference proceedings published online and potentially in book form. The organizers will also explore interest in a cross-country research program on the relationship between social protection policies and inequality in East Asia.
In addition to the Ash Center, this year’s Forum is co-sponsored by the Harvard Asia Center, the Government of Indonesia’s Team to Accelerate Poverty Reduction (TNP2K), the Ministry of National Development Planning/Bappenas, and AusAID.
The Asia Public Policy Forum is an annual event that brings together scholars, policymakers, and leaders from business and civil society to discuss an issue of rising importance in the region. The objective of the Forum is to promote interaction among such leading thinkers as a means of stimulating policy innovation and information sharing related to an issue of public concern. It is organized by the Rajawali Foundation Institute for Asia (RFIA) of the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation.