Component 3 SPRP together with Ministry of Civil Affairs P.R.China following 2018 work plan organised a kick off meeting for the pilots activities within the EU-China SPRP Project. The meeting was co-chaired by Mr Liu Xitang, Director General of the Social Assistance Department of MoCA and Ms Marzena Breza, EU resident expert of Component 3. Among 20 participants were central, provincial and local MoCA staff members and Prof. Lin Mingang presenting the main outputs of the research conducted in four pilot sites (baseline reports). Representatives of the local pilot authorities introduced the main targets of the pilot programs. EUD representative and SPRP Beijing Office staff were joining the event and discussion held.
Component 3 Pilot sites were chosen among several provinces and considering their different socio-economic characteristics. Component 3 pilot projects are being implemented in four regions: Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region, Hohhot City, Xincheng District; Jilin Province, Da'an City (county level); Jiangsu Province, Zhangjiagang City (county level); Sichuan Province, Dazhou City, Dachuan District.
Prior to the Component 3 pilot kick of meeting several activities were already undertaken by MoCA, Component 3 team and Chinese scholars like: research on the possible pilot programs (drafted by Prof. Guan Xinping from Nankai University); baseline reports prepared under the leadership of prof. Lin Mingang from Nanjing University and pilot operational programs individualized for four pilot sites with the main input coming from local MoCA.
The main goal of the four pilot projects is to implement new instruments and methods in the social assistance scheme depending on the local challenges identified by the groups of researchers working together with MoCA. The new approach to social assistance benefits and services will included the lesson learned from the EU-China knowledge and practice exchanges reached throughout the Project activities (research, policy dialogs, trainings, study visits, experts’ missions, etc.). Each pilot sites decided on different pilot program however outputs of this exercise should bring reforms proposals in the overall social assistance system in China.