Round Table "Inequalities in Social Protection" Held


Hotel Europe, Vladislava Skarića 5, Sarajevo 71000, Bosna i Hercegovina


Current discussions among experts in the field of social protection indicate that the existing social protection system is fiscally unsustainable, unfair, and inefficient, resulting in unequal treatment of social protection beneficiaries in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

In order to generate discussion on the current status and ongoing reforms in the area of social protection, Center for Social Research Analitika organized the round table entitled "Inequalities in Social Protection," which was held on March 7th, 2016 from 10:00 to 14:00, in Hotel Europe in Sarajevo. The event gathered relevant speakers who work on issues of social protection in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

In the opening presentation, Aida Malkić presented the key findings of the research "(In)equality in Social Protection: Multi-level Analysis of Intersectionality in Social Assistance Provision - A Comparative Study," which Analitika conducted in the cooperation with the European Policy Institute – Skopje, and was funded by the Regional Research Promotion Program in the Western Balkans (RRPP). She explained to what extent there were discrepancies between the actual needs of people receiving social assistance, how society perceived them, andt the policies of the social protection system.

Miroslav Jurešić from the Federal Ministry of Labour and Social Policy referred to the current efforts and challenges of the Federal Ministry of Labour and Social Policy when it comes to the reform of the social protection system. He pointed out that the reform activities in this area should be established by joint efforts and cooperation with other sectors in order to facilitate more effective protection of the most vulnerable members of society.

Amar Numanović from Center for Social Research Analitika pointed to the fact that BiH should strive to reform the social protection system in accordance with integrally understood European principles of active welfare state, in order to ensure active and inclusive welfare system. He pointed out that such an approach would imply better integration of labor market policies and social policies, or " activating " social policies in order to improve the effects of social measures.

Representative of the OSCE Mission in BiH Mariña Barreiro Mariño spoke about the organization's activities in this field, the current state of social rights in Bosnia and Herzegovina and the impacts of the current reform of the social protection system.

This event is organized with the support of the Regional Research Promotion Programme in the Western Balkans (RRPP).

Themes: Social Welfare
Programmes: Javna uprava