Symposium "Social Protection Systems - Tying the Knots"

Monday 5 September 2016 (All day) to Tuesday 6 September 2016 (All day)
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Bonn Rhein Sieg University in Sankt Augustin

The department of Social Security Studies from the Bonn-Rhein-Sieg University of Applied Sciences together with the Friedrich-Ebert-Foundation, GIZ, the German Development Institute, and the Maastricht Graduate School of Governance are convening an international symposium on “Social protection systems – tying the knots” on September 5-6, 2016 in Bonn, Germany.
The symposium is meant to provide a platform for practitioners, academics, policy-makers, and experts from public and private entities, who have a special interest in (i) designing and reforming social protection systems, (ii) getting an update about best-practice and the latest research findings, and (iii) having an opportunity to network and discuss their own experiences.

Please find below the documentation:


Please find here the programme, the participation list and the bios.



There has been an increasing focus on system-building and strengthening when it comes to social protection in the past years. Both UNICEF and the World Bank have developed strategy papers on social protection systems, the UN initiative on social protection floors is another attempt towards more systematic policy-making in the area of social protection and the G20 Social Protection Inter-Agency Cooperation Board work on system analytics is yet another testimony of the increased importance.

While there is a greater demand for more systematic-policy-making with social protection interventions being well-coordinated and working in a holistic manner, there is still limited evidence as to the factors of success for system-building. This symposium is supposed to provide the floor for academics, practitioners and politicians to exchange and discuss advances and challenges when it comes to social protection system building. While the first day of the symposium starts off with keynote speeches and a panel discussion, the second day gives room to practitioners and academics to present their findings and ideas. Selected speakers through a call for papers would present their research, which could be organized around the following themes:

  1. Conceptual variations of social protection systems
  2. Effective linkages between social protection interventions
  3. Analysis of social protection systems


Target group

Practitioners, academics and policy-makers from high- middle- and low- income countries who have a keen interest in

  • designing and reforming social protection systems
  • getting an update about best-practice and the latest research findings
  • having an opportunity to network and discuss their own experiences


Fees: None - The conference is sponsored by the Friedrich-Ebert Foundation and GIZ on behalf of BMZ.

Location: University Club, Bonn

Schedule: Please find the temporary programme here. (as of May 31, 2016)


Please note our extended deadline for the Call-for-Papers:

We invite experts to submit their abstracts. The new Deadline is June 15, 2016. For more information please click the following link:


Hochschule Bonn-Rhein-Sieg
Partners of the Social Protection Symposium


Organized by:

FES  |  BMZ  |  GIZ  |  die - gdi  |  Maastricht University