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International Experience of Guaranteed Minimum Income Programs: Opportunities for Russia

The Institute for Social Policy at the National Research University Higher School of Economics held on March 18, 2020 the 16th academic workshop on the topic of International Experience of Guaranteed Minimum Income Programs: Opportunities for Russia. The event was organized on the online platform Zoom in the framework of a research grant funded by the Ministry of Science and Higher Education of the Russian Federation (grant ID: 075-15-2020-928) and in cooperation with the World Bank within the series of events under the topic “Active Ageing Policy and Pension Reforms: Russian and International Experience”.

                                  

The event inaugurated by Lilia OVCHAROVA, Human Capital Multidisciplinary Research Center Initiator, Vice Rector, Director of the Institute for Social Policy, HSE, and Tigran ShmisActing Human Development Program Leader, Senior Education Specialist, World Bank, heard the presentations assured by Nithin UMAPATHI, Senior Economist, Social Protection and Jobs, World Bank,
Ludovica Cherchi,Economist, Social Protection and Labor Global Practice, World Bank country office in Italy.
Vassiliy Anikin,Senior Research Fellow, Center for Stratification Studies, Institute for Social Policy, HSE, Olessya Feoktistova, Head, Social Finance Center, Financial Research Institute, Maria NAGERNYAK, Deputy Vice Rector, HSE, and Yury VORONINHead, Center for Legal Support of Social and Economic Reforms, Institute of Legislation and Comparative Law under the Government of the Russian Federation, joined the discussion moderated by Oksana SINYAVSKAYA, Deputy Director, Institute for Social Policy, HSE.

This workshop continued discussing the future of social protection systems in a post-pandemic world. The coronavirus pandemic exacerbated poverty and inequalities on the one hand, but on the other, it led to an unprecedented increase in government support measures. Guaranteed minimum income schemes, as one of today’s leading social assistance instruments, were proving to be very effective during the current crisis caused by the pandemic COVID-19 coronavirus. An interesting and productive discussion was devoted to analysing the international experience of guaranteed minimum income schemes, with Italy as a case study, as well as the possibility of establishing this programme in Russia.

More information about the event is here.