Social protection programmes (micro-course)
Social protection programmes and interventions have a wide range of policy objectives, from poverty alleviation to employment promotion, and they target different population groups (formal workers, elderly and people with disabilities, vulnerable families with children, etc.) to provide them with different types of benefits (cash, goods, services, or a combination of these). This self-paced micro-course introduces you to different types of social protection programmes and their main design features. It also discusses how these programmes can be classified under the main instruments of social protection, namely social insurance, social assistance and labour market policies, including possible overlaps and grey zones in classifications. You will also learn about specific examples of social protection programmes in Brazil, India and Kenya.
By the end of this course, you will be able to differentiate between social insurance, social assistance and labour market policies; describe the main design features and give examples of different social protection programmes.
As a self-paced course, you can choose to start and end it at any time, going through its content and activities at your own pace. The course requires three hours of learning time to complete. After concluding all required activities, including a final test and an evaluation survey, you can earn a certificate of completion.
This micro-course is divided in the following lessons:
Lesson 1: Setting the scene
Lesson 2: Social insurance
Lesson 3: Social assistance
Lesson 4: Labour market policies
Lesson 5: Wrap-up
The course was developed by the International Policy Centre for Inclusive Growth (IPC-IG) and is the second of a micro-course series on Social Protection Fundamentals and Topics, sponsored by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH on behalf of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ).