hosted a webinar organized by Inter Agency Social Protection Assessments (ISPA) on 6 July. The moderator was Luz Rodriguez, a Social Protection Specialist from the World Bank. The speaker was Veronika Wodsak, a Social Security Expert from the International Labour Organisation. The webinar aimed to discuss the innovative CODI Tool; a Core Diagnostics Tool which forms part of ISPA’s range of various tools designed to help governments address varied challenges they may face regarding their social protection systems.

The recording is available here and the presentation here. All blog posts for this series can be found under the ISPA tools tag.

Veronika began by addressing what some of the pertinent challenges facing governments could include; essentially the motivating factor for the design and implementation of ISPA tools. These ranged from issues of fragmentation of the SP system itself, to design flaws, to a lack of coordination between national institutions and donors. Often governments will enlist the help of development partners such as ISPA in order to analyse, design and/or strengthen national SP programmes, as well as evaluate and monitor the implementation of such programmes. The main objective of the tools themselves is to facilitate the design and implementation of a coherent framework, provide countries with a sound analysis of the current SP systems and ultimately, help countries identify suitable policy options which would effectively work towards improving the design and delivery of SP programmes.

Veronika then moved the discussion to centre on various ISPA tools currently available. With regards to the CODI Tool in particular, its primary aim is to provide a coherent framework for a systematic analysis of SP systems. Essentially this is carried out through a series of steps, namely mapping the SP system, providing an analysis of its performance against national objectives and subsequently identifying a set of entry level policy reform options. Ultimately the tool is designed to foster dialogue between national and international partners and enable exchanges and coordination between the two.

The “Mapping” stage of the tool looks at 18 key areas within 3 identified modules. These modules examine existing policy, programme designs and the implementation of programmes. A questionnaire is then drawn up in accordance with what has been identified in these key areas. The “Analysis” aspect of the tool uses a list of ten criteria in order to analyse the performance of the SP system which is recorded in an assessment matrix. The steps for the application of the CODI tool is detailed in the implementation guidelines which will be outlined in this week’s seminar on the 13th.

Veronika concluded with a reminder about the limitations of the CODI tool in that; it does not offer new in-depth research but rather, is based on existing information, the findings are not comparable between countries but can be used to track progress over time and in order to be effective, the IPSA tools need to be adapted to the country context. Luz and Veronika concluded the webinar with a Question and Answer session discussing a few particulars of the CODI Tool such as the financing, time and resources required, which are always country context specific, and the emphasis of the tool on gender and social inclusion.

Watch the video here!


This blog post is part of the ISPA Tool Series, which brings together the summaries of webinars organised by ISPA on the topic. Please join the Social Protection Payment Delivery Online Community if you are interested in following the most recent discussions on the topic. If you have any thoughts on this webinar summary, we would love to hear from you. Please add your comments below!

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