What is Social Protection? An introduction (micro-course)
Social protection is often associated broadly with policies and programmes that seek to protect people from poverty and vulnerability. However, there is no universal definition of social protection and different organisations adopt different definitions. This self-paced micro-course introduces the concept of social protection by discussing how it has changed over time, presenting different social protection conceptual approaches and existing definitions and, finally, discussing how social protection cuts across other policies. By the end of this course, you will be able to identify the main approaches to and definitions of social protection and recognise that social protection overlaps with other policy sectors.
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 two 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: The history of social protection
Lesson 2: Conceptual approaches to social protection
Lesson 3: Introduction to social protection definitions
Lesson 4: Understanding social protection and its relation to other policy sectors
The course was developed by the International Policy Centre for Inclusive Growth (IPC-IG) and is the first 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).