UNRISD Research Coordinator Attended an Expert Group Meeting in Accra, Ghana on Social Integration, Organized by UNDESA
17 Nov 2009
UNRISD Research Coordinator Attended an Expert Group Meeting in Accra, Ghana on Social Integration, Organized by UNDESA.
UNRISD Research Coordinator, Katja Hujo, participated in an Expert Group Meeting on Social Integration 17-19 November 2009 in Accra, Ghana.
The United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA), in collaboration with the Ministry of Employment and Social Welfare of the Government of Ghana, organized the Expert Group Meeting, which focused on “Practical Strategies to Promote Social Integration: Lessons learned from existing policies and practices.”
Hujo was asked to draft a background paper for the event, which focused on review policies geared toward promoting social integration through equitable distribution, social protection, civic participation, and pro-poor policies, while drawing lessons from their strengths and weaknesses. Hujo also acted as moderator for two discussion sessions.
The event was part of the preparations for the 48th session of the Commission for Social Development (CSocD), which is scheduled to take place in New York from 3 to 12 February 2010. The purpose of the Expert Group Meeting was to review challenges and opportunities of existing policies, strategies, and practices aimed at promoting social integration and inclusion. It also examined the effectiveness of national mechanisms and identified national capacity gaps to promote social integration better and explore areas for strengthening that capacity.
Inputs given by Hujo and other experts in the field of social integration and its relation to poverty eradication, full employment and decent work for all were used to create policy recommendations that will be circulated at the New York event.