In parallel to the expansion of the EU to Eastern Europe, social policies have received some additional attention under the notion of ‘social investment’. Central to the idea of social investment is that social policies can have positive economic and fiscal consequences. As such, social policy expenditure – rather than a cost to be minimised – can contribute to or even be necessary to achieve ‘inclusive and sustainable growth’. This BBinar will focus on what role the social investment approach to social welfare policies can and should play in supporting sustainable development in the Western Balkan and the Eastern Partnership countries: What can be learned from ‘social investment’ theory and practice? What are the preconditions and potential pitfalls for successful social investment policies? How can social investment policies contribute to inclusive growth and fiscal sustainability? How can the ‘return on social investment’ be quantified?
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