African countries are now recognising the value of social protection programmes in reducing extreme poverty. This two-week course aims to give an in-depth understanding of how to develop social transfer programmes.
‘Designing and Implementing Social Transfer Programmes’
A course for policymakers, government officials and practitioners
27 July – 7 August 2015 / Cape Town, South Africa
The Economic Policy Research Institute (EPRI), the Institute of Development Studies (IDS), and UNU-MERIT / School of Governance offer a two-week course, including a number of specialised modules, aimed at providing participants with an in-depth understanding of the conceptual and practical issues involved in the development of social transfer programmes. Participants will acquire tools for the appropriate identification and successful design and implementation of these programmes.
Who is it for?
The course aims to build the capacity of government policymakers and officials, representatives from bilateral and multilateral agencies, programme practitioners and staff members from non-governmental organisations in Africa. The course will serve those who want to more effectively design, implement and manage social protection programmes in Africa with the goal of reducing poverty and better achieving the Millennium Development Goals.
How will participants benefit?
By the end of the course, successful participants will better understand the comprehensive approach to social protection and how appropriate social protection instruments can reduce poverty and vulnerability and promote developmental outcomes. The course will reinforce the skills required to identify, design and implement effective social protection programmes. A team of international experts, skilled professionals and leaders in the field will teach the course. The certificated course will be jointly accredited by EPRI and UNU-MERIT / School of Governance.
What will the course cover?
The course includes a coordinated series of theme-oriented sessions, practical skills-building workshops, field trips to visit social protection sites and relevant technical skills training. The course will be taught using formal lectures, practical case studies and hands-on exercises. Topics will include:
- The role of social protection in reducing poverty, vulnerability and social exclusion
- The identification of appropriate social protection instruments for specific country contexts
- The design of social protection and cash transfer programmes
- Implementation issues, including registration, targeting, payment and information systems
- Monitoring and evaluation approaches for social protection systems
- Case studies of successful programmes around the world
- Field trips to see South Africa’s social protection system in action
Economic Policy Research Institute (EPRI)