Course category: 
Instructor-led course
Course start date: 
16 July, 2018 (All day)
International Labour Organization, ILO
United Nations Children's Fund, UNICEF
United Nations Development Programme, UNDP
EU Social Protection Systems Programme, EU-SPS


Information about the 2nd run


​[Applications are now closed] 


The “Leadership & Transformation Curriculum on Building and Managing Social Protection Floors in Africa” (TRANSFORM) was designed as a request of the African Union, a coalition of UN agencies, led by the ILO, UNICEF and UNDP, in partnership with the European Union Social Protection Systems Programme/Finland and Irish Aid.

TRANSFORM was originally developed for face-to-face training and is currently being utilised and adapted for capacity building in several countries in Africa and beyond. An e-learning version of the TRANSFORM package is now also available. The objective of TRANSFORM is to build the critical thinking and capacities of policy makers and practitioners at national and decentralised levels to improve the design, governance and administration of social protection systems, besides bringing sustainable transformation in the governance and administration of social protection floors.

The e-course encompasses learning materials and methods for adult learning and adopts a facilitated and collaborative approach, using a combination of learning materials and asynchronous collaboration tools. It is designed to have a ten-week duration, encompassing the eight modules of the TRANSFORM curriculum, plus an Introduction and Final Module, requiring a five hour-week commitment from participants


What you learned

By the end of this course, you should be able to:

  • Have an overview and enough basic knowledge of Social Protection Floors and drivers of change and leadership requirements to engage in transformation towards national systems of social protection;
  • Have an overview of the following main interconnected areas of Social Protection Frameworks: Selection & Identification, Legal, Administration, Monitoring & Evaluation, Management and Information Systems, Coordination, Governance, and Financing and Financial Information.
  • Understand why and how a Social Protection Floor is beneficial to your specific county context and how it can assist social and economic development.
  • Understand that a social protection system comprises different parts – all of which interact with and affect each other.
  • Understand the need to adapt and tailor a social protection system to each specific country context. Every situation and time is so unique and requires constant adaptation based on practice and experience.
  • Subject choices regarding the design of social protection systems to careful analysis of capacity considerations to address governance and administration gaps.
  • Applying a rights-based approach as a lens by which to develop social protection systems and understand that these approaches go beyond a country’s legal framework, by actually putting citizens at the center of the development of managing and administering social protection systems.


[Applications are closed]


To apply there was a need to complete the application form, accessible on platform (note that you need to be a member of the platform to participate in the selection process - in case you are not, please, register yourself).

In order to achieve some balance in participants, from the perspective of their affiliations and regional distribution, pre-assigned "quotas" were established for participants who will be selected on a “first-come, first-served” basis, according to the following scheme*:

  • 25 government practitioners from Africa and the African Union; 
  • government practitioners (worldwide);
  • 10 members from UN agencies or cooperating partners;
  • members from international or national civil society organisations/NGOs active in the social protection field;
  • 3 members of academic/research institutions active in the social protection field in Africa;

The first individuals who apply were selected until the quotas are met, provided minimum experience and motivation requirements are met. Priority was given to practitioners from Africa.

*Those who cannot fit into the first round will be automatically included in subsequent rounds of the course.

Applications were open until June 21. The e-course was free of charge

In case of doubts, please, contact Marina Carvalho[email protected]