Examining the Progress of the World Bank’s Commitment to Universal Social Protection

Organisers: Bretton Woods Project, Human Rights Watch, ACT Church of Sweden, Development Pathways

Wednesday 17 Apr

Washington D.C.


Despite its explicit commitment to supporting states to achieve universal social protection, the World Bank has consistently promoted poverty-targeted programmes, as well as conditional cash transfer programmes and workfare. This panel examined the implications of these policies and other approaches. Matthew Greenslade presented key messages from his book, Taking on the Bank: A story from the fight for universal social protection, which challenges the World Bank’s approach to social protection over the last two decades.