Component 3 SPRP together with Ministry of Civil Affairs P.R.China following 2019 work plan organised a summing-up Workshop focusing on the pilots activities undertaken within the EU-China SPRP Project. The meeting was co-chaired by Mr Liu Xitag, Director General of the Social Assistance Department of MoCA and Ms Marzena Breza, EU resident expert of Component 3. Among more than 30 participants were central, provincial and local MoCA staff members and in particular Prof. Lin Mingang from Nanjing University presenting the main outputs of the research conducted in four pilot sites and Prof. Guan Xinping from Nankai University on the main challenges for the social assistance in China after 2020. The meeting was supported by Mr. Kang Peng, Director General, Department of International Cooperation, MoCA; senior academics from Renmin University, Beijing Academy of Social Science and North China Electric Power University from Beijing. Representatives of the local pilot authorities introduced the main outputs of experiment activities of the pilot programs. EUD representative and SPRP Beijing Office staff were joining the event and discussion held. Ms. Breza gave a speech o social assistance challenge in the EU. Mr. Jean-Victor Gruat, EU resident expert of Component 1 introduced to the audience main outcomes from the Component 1 pilot implementation. 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. Pilot experimentation included research and assessment of the real needs of local social assistance schemes in the pilot sites, then setting the targets and programs for ach of the four pilots and continuing with monitoring and evaluation of the whole process. In general all pilot key activities included training sessions for the social assistance staff and implementation experiments activities like working capacity index, paper less social assistance examinations; implementing social assistance integrated data base and cross – data banks at local level as well delegating power to be closer to the grassroots level. All activities undertaken in the four pilots benefited from the IT solutions being now implemented in the operational activities of the social assistance offices different levels.
The overall evaluation of the component 3 SPRP pilots is included in the report coordinated by Nanjing University (including local research tram from four pilot sites) and will be made available from the project website in the coming months.