Designing and Implementing Social Protection Programmes

About the Course

Around the world, developing countries are increasingly recognising the value of social transfer programmes in reducing extreme poverty, with success stories in Africa, Asia, and Latin America. The Economic Policy Research Institute (EPRI), together with the UNU– MERIT/ Maastricht Graduate School of Governance and the Institute of Development Studies (IDS), are offering a two-week course including a number of specialised modules aimed at providing participants with an in-depth understanding of the conceptual and practical issues involved in the development of social protection programmes. The course will be held in Cape Town, South Africa from 6 - 17 August 2018.

The two-week intensive course aims to build the capacity of policymakers, government officials, representatives from bilateral and multilateral agencies, programme practitioners and staff members from non-governmental organisations to more effectively design, implement and manage social protection programmes with the goal of reducing poverty and better achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG)'s. At the end of the course, the successful participant will better understand the comprehensive approach to social protection and how appropriate social protection instruments can reduce poverty and vulnerability and promote developmental outcomes. The course will reinforce the skills required to identify, design and implement effective social protection programmes.

Over the years, this flagship course has attracted over 1000 participants from over 40 nationalities with diverse professional backgrounds including business, public policy, and NGO’s. The diversity in the classroom enables interaction with a wide range of perspective and creates a global experience for participants on the course. The course will be taught by international experts and thought leaders in the field of social protection, allows participants to engage them and collaborate with a network of like-minded peers, in person. The course is jointly accredited by the UNU-MERIT-Maastricht Graduate School of Governance and EPRI.

What the course will cover 

The course includes a coordinated series of theme-oriented sessions, practical skills-building workshops, field trips to visit social protection sites and relevant technical skills training. The course will be taught using formal lectures, practical case studies and hands-on exercises. Topics will include: 

  • The role of social protection in reducing poverty, vulnerability and social exclusion
  • The identification of appropriate social protection instruments for specific country contexts
  • The design of social protection and cash transfer programmes
  • Implementation issues, including registration, targeting, payment and information systems
  • Monitoring and evaluation approaches for social protection systems
  • Case studies of successful programmes around the world
  • Field trips to see South Africa’s social protection system in action 

How to apply 

Admission is on a rolling basis.  Early application is strongly advised and discounts are available to participants who completed application is received before the prescribed early bird discounts deadlines. 
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Further details on the course can be found on our website - Alternatively, you can download the course brochure here

Please contact the course coordinator for any queries