SIDA International Training Programme – Social Protection for Sustainable Development

The Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida), Arbetsförmedlingen (the Swedish Public Employment Service) and the Economic Policy Research Institute (EPRI) hereby invite and welcome you to nominate candidates for this International Training Programme on Social Protection for Sustainable Development. Trusting that this training programme will contribute to the development of the social protection system in your country, we would like to invite your institution to nominate qualified candidates for participation in the programme.

The aim and overall objective of the International Training Programme (ITP) is a long-term and sustainable contribution to a more inclusive and equal society by improving the function of the social protection systems that tackle poverty, vulnerability, inequality (both gender and economic) and exclusion while strengthening delivery of inclusive social development, productive employment and equitable economic growth.

Preliminary selected candidates will be notified by e-mail not later than April 30. Once selected, the candidate must confirm participation. A letter of Acceptance will be sent to your organisations. Both the selected candidate and her or his organisation must confirm the commitment to participate in all phases of the programme, and to support the work for the programme for change. Both women and men are encouraged to apply. We strive for a gender balance among participants.

The following countries are invited: Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia.

The Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida) will cover all costs such as tuition fee, board and lodging (single room including breakfast and all other meals), roundtrip economy flight tickets between the international airport in the participant’s home country and Sweden and the location of the regional seminars, some activities and local transportation within the programme. Participants must pay for all visa fees, personal expenses and travel to/from the international airport in their home countries. The programme does not pay a per diem to participants. Neither the organiers nor Sida will finance the participant’s change project.

The programme has the objective to increase knowledge and provide participants with opportunities to implement development projects that they have prioritized together with their organisations. The methodology used is based on the assumption that the participants’ organisations wish to carry out changes and are willing to invest own efforts and resources to achieve these changes.



  • Part 1: 12 – 18 June 2019 in South Africa: 
  • Part 2: 16 – 27 September 2019 in Sweden
  • Part 3: 11 – 17 June 2020 in South Africa