Introduction to Social Protection for the Poor

Are you too busy to be a full-time student for 10 weeks while looking, at the same time, to increase your understanding of the state of art in Social Protection? If yes, we have the solution. Enrol in our online course Introduction to Social Protection for the Poor and you will have a quick, yet a rigorous access to the core readings in the field of Social Protection.


The main objective of the course is to provide an introduction to non-contributory social protection and its relevance for fighting poverty and vulnerability. The course will highlight the role social protection measures can play in the development process and it will show the advantages and disadvantages of different policy interventions and design options.

At the end of the training you will have a better understanding of the rationale for social protection interventions from a development policy perspective and will be informed about advantages and disadvantages of different issues related to the design and implementation of social assistance schemes in developing countries. More specifically, you will have gained knowledge on:

  • the rationale for governments to invest in non-contributory social protection programmes;
  • the link between social protection and inclusive growth and development;
  • types of social protection instruments;
  • beneficiary identification;
  • the relevance of fiscal space and how it can be created;
  • performance indicators for social protection interventions;

Prerequisites: A Bachelor’s degree (or equivalent). Candidates with any educational background are welcome to enrol.

ECTS (credits obtained): Participants may receive 1,5 ECTS upon the successful completion of the assignments and an exam.

Costs: Participants may opt for one of the three choices of cost-enrolment.

  • 250 euro: Basic course enrolment (no assignment with feedback, no course certificate, no ECTS credits)
  • 500 euro: Certified course enrolment (assignment with feedback, course certificate with pass/fail, no ECTS credits)
  • 600 euro: Accredited course enrolment (final assignment, course certificate, oral exam and if successful, 1,5 ECTS credits)

Courses are developed based on open educational resources. Course materials can be obtained by the participant him/herself, or will be shared on the electronic learning environment.

Starting the course: Upon successful enrolment, every participant will start the course on an individual basis, immediately after the acquisition of the course materials.

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