learn$ave discussed at conference on asset-building

December 08, 2003

The federal government’s Policy Research Initiative recently organized a conference to explore the potential of asset-based social policies. Held in Gatineau, Quebec on December 8-9, 2003, the conference discussed the current state of evidence regarding the advantages and limitations of asset-based polices and considered the issues and challenges that need to be addressed if this approach is to be incorporated into Canadian social policy (see www.policyresearch.gc.ca for more information). The findings to date from the learn$ave demonstration were presented during a panel discussion on individual development accounts targeted to low-income groups. SRDC’s Executive Director, John Greenwood, and Jennifer Robson-Haddow from Social and Enterprise Development Innovations, SRDC's learn$ave partner, made the presentation on learn$ave as members of a panel that included speakers from Canada, the United Kingdom, and the United States.