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TRANSFORM is an innovative learning package on the administration of national social protection floors in Africa. It encompasses learning materials and methods for adult learning, to help decision makers and practitioners take ownership in building national social protection systems through continuous learning and reflective practice.



Transforming social protection systems requires more than absorbing pre-fabricated knowledge, to fill heads with any given content. Learning requires the ability to grapple with complexity of social and human elements in specific contexts, to stimulate creativity and innovation to solve emerging new problems, to appreciate diversity and uniqueness of each situation, to be involved and take ownership in change and transformation – elements which are at least as important as the factual knowledge itself. This learning package aims at just that: Transform!



To build critical thinking and capacities of policy makers and practitioners at national and decentralized levels to improve the design, governance and administration of social protection systems.



TRANSFORM is targeted at practitioners in the field of social protection looking to enrich their knowledge base and embark in a leadership and transformation process. The package aims at three different “user groups”:

  • Political level - political decision making
  • Senior technical - strategic level
  • Mid-/lower technical operational level



The pedagogical approach is based on the principle that everyone involved in the training can take leadership for change at different levels of a social protection system, and can contribute to transforming that system.



TRANSFORM has been developed primarily by African experts, so to speak more directly to the specific challenges of building and managing social protection floors in Africa. The initiative aims at constant joint development and updating of the material with officials from the region, recognizing the importance of growing regional expertise. The modules will soon include short videos from regional practitioners and social protection experts. The TRANSFORM initiative will also support the creation of a roster of trainers, fostering linkages with other strategic social protection institutions and research centres with the idea of also identifying and growing a localised human resource pool for national trainers.





TRANSFORM is an inter-agency initiative of UN agencies supporting the building of social protection floors in Africa. The establishment of institutional partnerships and alignment of the learning package with existing capacity development initiatives in the area of Social Protection in the region is a critical element to ensure sustainability and impact. Institutionalization and delivery strategies are being pursued from a three pronged approach: at the national, regional and global levels.


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Disclaimers and Rights

The content of this manual does not reflect the official position of the different organizations supporting the TRANSFORM initiative.

TRANSFORM is a public good. All TRANSFORM materials are licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License.

Everybody is free to use the materials provided that:


Attribution — You must give appropriate credit, provide a link to the license, and indicate if changes were made. You may do so in any reasonable manner, but not in any way that suggests the licensor endorses you or your use.

NonCommercial — You may not use the material for commercial purposes, unless expressly authorized by the licensor.

ShareAlike — If you remix, transform, or build upon the material, you must distribute your contributions under the same license as the original.


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