Book on social protection launched

16 Apr 2014

imageA launching ceremony of the book titled ‘Social Protection in Bangladesh: Building Effective Social Safety Nets and Ladders out of Poverty’ was held on April 16, 2014. Photo: UNDP

A launching ceremony of the book titled ‘Social Protection in Bangladesh: Building Effective Social Safety Nets and Ladders out of Poverty’ was held on April 16, 2014 at Bangabandhu International Conference Centre (BICC). The book launching event was organised jointly by United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), University Press Limited (UPL), Power and Participation Research Centre (PPRC), and Brooks World Poverty Institute (BWPI), University of Manchester.

The book is an edited output of Social Protection Conference 2011 where the Prime Minister graced the Chair as Chief Guest. The book has been edited by Dr. Hossain Zillur Rahman, Professor David Hulme, Dr. Mathilde Maitrot and Mr. Luigi Peter Ragno.

At the launching event, the Minister of Planning, Mr. AHM Mustafa Kamal MP, graced the chair of chief guest in the event. The event was inaugurated with a welcoming speech by UN Resident Coordinator in Bangladesh, Mr. Neal Walker. Ms. Pauline Tamesis, UNDP Country Director, facilitated the session for discussions.

Moreover, Dr. Hossain Zillur Rahman, Executive Chairman, PPRC; Dr. Quazi Kholiquzzaman Ahmed, Chairman, PKSF; Professor David Hulme, University of Manchester; Dr. Mahabub Hossain, Advisor to Executive Director, BRAC; and Dr. Binayak Sen, Research Director, BIDS, attended the event as distinguished discussants.

The distinguished guests agreed that as Bangladesh moves towards middle income status, social protection becomes a key agenda for sustainable development.

The book engages with international experiences, with current debates and with opportunities to reform social protection in Bangladesh. The chapters are written by a heterogeneous panel of national and international researchers, academic practitioners and consultants from diverse disciplinary backgrounds. The book feeds into the formulation process of National Social Protection Strategy (NSPS). The launching event provided an opportunity for discussions on the way forward towards improvements of the social protection system in Bangladesh.

AHM Mustafa Kamal appreciated the timely nature of the book vis-à-vis the formulation of a national social protection strategy and urged all concerned to make the best use of the analytical insights and national and international lessons provided in the book.

Mr. Neal Walker, Resident Coordinator of the UN in Bangladesh, stressed on the critical importance of leadership, urgent response of the government to the issues of social protection, adequate resources and equal distribution of resources. He added, ‘There are lots of work to be done in order to reduce poverty as the country faces the consequences of climate change and disasters.’

Dr. Hossain Zillur Rahman said, ‘The government should implement a time-bound action plan followed by the development of National Social Protection Strategy (NSPS), otherwise it will become a paperbound document only.’
Ms. Pauline Tamesis, Country Director of UNDP, reiterated UNDP’s strong commitment to support the roll-out and implementation of the Social Protection Strategy by two new interventions: a Social Protection Policy Support (SPPS) Programme; and the promotional Strengthening Women’s Ability for Productive New Opportunities (SWAPNO).