Close the Gap: Safety Nets Work - Liveblog & webcast
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Close the Gap: Safety Nets Work - Liveblog & webcast

Wednesday April 18, 2012

The global food, fuel and financial crises of recent years have highlighted an increased need for social safety net programs to help people become more resilient and provide better economic opportunities. Safety nets, which include cash transfers, school feeding, and public works programs, have shown success in countries such as Brazil, Mexico, and Ethiopia, though coverage remains lacking in much of the world. More than half of the 137 poorest countries have weak safety nets or none at all. 

As the World Bank-IMF 2012 Spring Meetings kicked off, the Bank hosted a special program on how safety nets have changed lives in middle- and low-income countries, and why it’s important for governments to expand their investments in these programs. Safety nets are a critical component of the Bank’s new, 10-year Social Protection & Labor Strategy, set to launch April 18.
Replay an event featuring a distinguished panel of experts moderated by Tumi Makgabo, Executive Director of Africa Worldwide Media and former CNN International News Anchor, discuss how countries and citizens can make safety nets work.
- Robert Zoellick | President, The World Bank
- Corazon “Dinky” Juliano Soliman | Secretary of the Department of Social Welfare and Development, Philippines
- Michael Elliott | President and CEO, ONE
- Tamar Manuelyan Atinc, Vice President, Human Development Network, World Bank
- Dikembe Mutombo | National Basketball Association (NBA) Global Ambassador, 8 time NBA All-Star
- Maurice "Mo" Evans | Washington Wizards, 8 Year NBA Player
Julia Ross | Communications Officer, The World Bank
Continue the discussion on Twitter with hashtags #wblive or #closethegap

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