Informality – addressing the Achilles heel of social protection in Latin America

Annual Lecture 23
The 2019 WIDER Annual Lecture by Santiago Levy is to be held on Wednesday 30 October 2019 at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva. The event is organized in collaboration with the Graduate Institute’s Centre for Finance and Development.

Social protection programmes have been in place in Latin America for over 75 years, but as a result of extensive informality, less than half the working population are covered by the contributory social insurance system.  How can social insurance systems be redesigned to provide coverage to all?

Join us at the 2019 WIDER Annual Lecture to find out. This event will also be live streamed on the UNU-WIDER YouTube channel.

The lecture will be delivered by Santiago Levy, former Vice President for Sectors and Knowledge at the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), former Deputy Finance Minister and General Director of the Mexican Social Security Institute, and main architect of Progresa/Oportunidades — Mexico's incentive-based health, nutrition and education program for the poor.

See also the Graduate Institute's Centre for Finance and Development  event page

Registration now open


17:00-18:00 Registration, Reception and Refreshments
18:00 – 20:00 WIDER Annual Lecture 23: Informality – addressing the Achilles Heel of Social Protection in Latin America

Welcome by Ugo Panizza, Professor of International Economics and Pictet Chair in Finance and Development at the Graduate Institute in Geneva

Introduction by by Kunal Sen, Director UNU-WIDER

Annual Lecture by Santiago Levy, former Vice President for Sectors and Knowledge at the Inter-American Development Bank

Remarks and observations from Uma Rani, Senior Economist at the Research Department at the International Labour Organization


Closing by Jean-Louis Arcand, Professor of International Economics and Head of the Graduate Institute’s International Economics Department

WIDER Annual Lecture

The WIDER Annual Lecture is one of UNU-WIDER’s flagship events. The first lecture was given by Douglas C. North in 1997. Since then the lecture has been delivered by a prestigious line of scholars and political actors, 4 of whom are Nobel...

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