UNDP and DRC design joint welfare study
The inception workshop for a joint research project by the Development Research Centre (DRC) of the State Council and UNDP was held on 6 May 2013 at the UN Compound in Beijing. The study – entitled “Strategies to Promote an Integrated, Coordinated and Equitable Social Welfare System in China” – aims to provide policy recommendations for addressing social fragmentation and several other key issues with the country’s social welfare system. It is a continuation of UNDP’s longstanding efforts to assist the Chinese government to tackle inequality.
The workshop was organised to collect thoughts on the study while it was still at the formulation stage. UNDP Country Director Christophe Bahuet and Director General of DRC’s Department of Social Development Ge Yanfeng gave opening remarks in which they stressed among other things the importance of the study to China’s efforts in reforming its social welfare system. The workshop was attended by a distinguished group of national and international experts on social welfare systems and their different sectors, drawn from national research institutions to international organisations. Many stressed the need for a social welfare system to facilitate the socio-economic development of China and to pay special attention to vulnerable groups. Sustainability, financial and otherwise, was another key focus of the workshop’s discussions.