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TRANSFORM – Leadership and Transformation Learning Package on Building and Managing Social Protection Floors in Africa, was developed for and is recognised by the African Union. 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!



The prime objective of TRANSFORM is to build critical thinking and capacities of policy makers and practitioners at national and decentralized levels in the African region to improve the design, effectiveness and efficiency 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 was developed through a collaboration between African social protection experts and Africa-based experts of UN-agencies ILO, UNICEF and UNDP, and delivered in partnership with It was developed with support of the European Union Social Protection Systems Programme (EU-SPS), particularly the Government of Finland, and was further co-financed by Irish Aid.

African regional trainers who have the competences and the motivation to contribute to the further development of the TRANSFORM Social Protection Learning Package and its delivery in the region can be trained into Master Trainers and be involved in delivering capacity strengthening across the continent. It is envisaged that the trainers will form part of a TRANSFORM community, bringing delivery to countries in the region on national and regional level and at the same time be part of developing TRANSFORM further.







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.


Find more information on TRANSFORM on this brochure.

You can also contact the TRANSFORM initiative at:  [email protected]


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:


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