Strengthening inclusive social protection systems in the Pacific: what, why and how
The profound impacts of COVID-19, combined with other disasters and the increasing threat of climate change, has pushed many Pacific countries to change the way they think about social protection. Most countries in the region have used social protection, particularly cash transfers, to help respond to COVID-19. Inclusive and shock-responsive social protection systems have never been more important.
But what exactly is social protection?
How can it promote inclusive economic recovery and growth? Respond to shocks and disasters?
Support gender, disability and social inclusion?
And how can evidence from around the world and across the Pacific and Timor-Leste be used to advocate for effective, inclusive and shock-responsive social protection systems?
Whether you are new to the social protection sector, or are an established social protection professional, the course aims to build your confidence to support evidence-based quality social protection policy and programs in the Pacific and Timor-Leste. Drawing on global and regional evidence and best practice, and delivered by a team of experienced social protection specialists, this training offers participants:
- An in-depth understanding of social protection, and pathways for Pacific countries to develop and strengthen their national social protection systems
- A comprehensive understanding of social protection’s economic, social and political impacts, and the value of increased investment in the sector
- Global and regional evidence of the positive role social protection can play in economic recovery and growth, responding to shocks and disasters, addressing climate change impacts, and contributing to improved gender, disability and social inclusion outcomes
- Practical insights into how to deliver social protection programs in challenging environments
- Evidence from the Pacific and Timor-Leste and around the world to be able to advocate for effective and evidence-based social protection policy and practice, including approaches to financing.
- An opportunity to network with other professionals in the region working on social protection
The following requirements are essential to participate in the programme:
- The ability to use and access a computer with Internet
- Ability to work and learn in English
- Ability to commit to attending weekly sessions every Tuesday from 1300-1500 AEST
- Currently be based in the Pacific or Timor-Leste
- Applicants working on social protection in the region or with plans to do so will be prioritised