Round table discussions at the Global Learning Forum 2016 in Berlin.
Photo: © GIZ

25.11.2016

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The number of shocks and crises has been gradually increasing over the past decades. A good reason for the Berlin Global Learning Forum 2016 to focus on social protection systems adapted to economic and refugee-related shocks as well as natural disasters.

Social protection systems are becoming increasingly important as a prevention mechanism to strengthen the resilience, especially for the rural poor. The issue was addressed by this year’s Berlin Global Learning Forum (BLGF), hosted by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and jointly organised by Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH and the World Bank Group. It enabled peer-to-peer learning on the topic of “Shock-Responsive [or Adaptive] Social Protection Systems in an Uncertain World” and took up the debate of how social protection systems can prepare for and adapt to a range of shocks.

During the three-day learning event, 75 participants from more than 20 countries presented and discussed 13 country cases on how social protection systems can be adapted to economic and refugee-related shocks as well as natural disasters. The following paragraphs summarise the most important experiences and lessons learnt regarding the latter.

Lesotho’s early warning system

The case of Lesotho showed how an early warning system enables the country to provide a rapid response plan in case of shocks.

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