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Global trends on social protection: Issues and challenges

02 October 2013
09:50 - 12:00

The HSRC Seminar Series
Joint Seminar with the World Bank

Date: 2 October 2013

Time: 09:50 – 12:00


Dr Arup Banerji, Global Director for Social Protection and Labor, World Bank
Dr Zitha Mokomane, Population Health, Health Systems and Innovation programme, HSRC
Dr Temba  Masilela, Deputy CEO Research, HSRC


Dr. Arup Banerji is the World Bank’s global Director for Social Protection and Labor, overseeing the World Bank’s strategy and knowledge work on labor markets, social safety nets, pensions and disability issues. 
In his career at the World Bank, he has worked on both research and operations in Eastern Europe, Central Asia, Africa and the Middle East – on a variety of issues relating to employment and labor markets, social protection systems, social sector reforms, poverty reduction, institutions, public sector reform and governance, economic growth strategies and evaluation of programs. 

He is a principal author of books including the forthcoming Working through the Crisis on labor market policy responses during the 2009-2011 crises; From Red to Gray on aging populations in Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union; Enhancing Job Opportunities in Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union; World Development Report 2002 on the role of institutions in global economic development; Better Governance for Development in the Middle East and North Africa; World Development Report 1995 on labor markets; and numerous other refereed journal articles and discussion papers. Most recently, he authored Resilience, Equity and Opportunity, the World Bank’s 2012-2022 strategy on social protection and labor issues, and oversaw the World Bank’s World Development Report 2013 on jobs.  

He is a research fellow at the Institute for Labor Economics (IZA) in Bonn, Germany, and a member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Council on Youth Unemployment. He also co-chairs the global Social Protection Inter-Agency Cooperation Board and the Youth Employment Network. Prior to joining the World Bank, he taught at the Center for Development Economics at Williams College, Massachusetts, USA, where he was the Director of Graduate Studies, and at the University of Pennsylvania, USA.  He holds a Ph.D. and a Master’s degree in Economics from the University of Pennsylvania, USA, and a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from the University of Delhi, India.

Dr Zitha Mokomane is a senior research specialist in the Population Health, Health Systems and Innovation programme. She holds an MA and PhD in demography, both at the Australian National University. Before joining the HSRC in April 2007, she was a senior lecturer in the Department of Population Studies at the University of Botswana. She has also consulted for a number of governments and national and international organisations on various social and demographic issues.

Her areas of research interest include: work-family interface, social policy analysis (with special emphasis on social protection), family demography, and HIV and AIDS operations and evaluation research.

Dr Mokomane’s publication record spans the authoring and co-authoring of more than 30 journal articles, book chapters, and conference presentations. Her most recent work, published in Child & Family Social Work, investigated the trends and patterns of adoption in South Africa.

Kindly RSVP by 30 September 2013

This seminar may be attended via video conference in Pretoria, Cape Town and KwaZulu-Natal. Details as below. 

Cape Town: HSRC, 12th Floor, Plein Park Building (Opposite Revenue Office), Plein Street, Cape Town. Contact Jean Witten, Tel (021) 4668004, Fax (021) 461 0299, or

Durban: First floor HSRC board room, 750 Francois Road, Ntuthuko Junction, Pods 5 and 6, Cato Manor, Contact Ridhwaan Khan, Tel (031) 242 5400, cell: 083 788 2786 or

Pretoria: HSRC Video Conference, 1st floor HSRC Library Human Sciences Research Council, 134 Pretorius Street, Pretoria. Arlene Grossberg, Tel: (012) 302 2811, e-mail: