Introduction to Social Protection for the Poor

Course Description:

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 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;

4-week course, to be completed within an 8-week time period.

A Master degree (or equivalent) in Social Sciences

Estimated Workload:
60 hrs

Course Activities:
Online lectures, online discussion board, assignments, weekly tutorial meeting to discuss readings and assignments, and an oral exam.

ECTS equivalent credits obtained:
Participants will receive 2 ECTS equivalent credits, upon the successful completion of the course requirements, and oral exam. This certification will be offered through an online educational badge.

The course is completed once you fulfil the course requirements and pass the oral exam. Your coursebook will also include explanation assignments and resit options.

500 euro

Required Readings:
The cost of the course does not include expenses for books or hard copies of the course material. Course materials can all be downloaded by the participant him/herself.

Starting date of the course:
Individually decided.
Upon successful enrolment, every participant will start the course on an individual basis, immediately after the acquisition of the course materials. Your tutor will reach out to you to agree on a timeline

Enrolment time:
Upon registration, you will be enrolled for 8 weeks, including 1 week to access the platform and become familiar with the materials, 4 weeks of coursework, 1 week to submit the final assignment and 3 weeks for potential resit time.
In case you prefer to use the 8 weeks in a different way, please agree with your tutor during your first exchange.

Upon registration, you will be requested to pay the tuition. Please make the transfer to the following account. Upon payment, you will be registered as student, and contacted by your tutor. On average this takes 1-2 weeks.

Bank account no.
IBAN NL05 INGB 0657 618705
Swift or BIC code INGBNL2A
Beneficiary Maastricht University
Bank name ING Business Banking
Bank address P.O. Box 90153
5600 RE  Eindhoven
The Netherlands
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