TRANSFORM, an innovative training initiative that strengthens individual and institutional capacity for the management of national social protection systems in Africa, has launched a new website, redesigned and updated with the most up-to-date resources.
Commissioned by the African Union, and implemented or supported by UNU-MERIT with a dozen international and national agencies including the International Labour Organization (ILO), United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the project takes a transformational approach to teaching and knowledge sharing in the complex field of social protection.
The TRANSFORM learning package is organised in eight modules (including in-depth selection & identification, monitoring & evaluation, management information systems, governance & coordination, as well as financing & financial management), reflecting the building blocks of an integrated social protection system, and is available in three modalities: Introductory package, In-depth modules and E-TRANSFORM (a 10-week e-learning option).
Dr. Zina Nimeh, the lead academic partner said: “Part of our strategic plan at UNU-MERIT in the coming years is to develop our internationally recognised contribution to education and training. Working with the TRANSFORM initiative and its international partners enables us to fulfil that ambition and to further contribute as an active partner in an innovative initiative, where we can apply new scientific insights in social protection, while collaborating with practitioners and policymakers in the field.”
At the ILO Country Office for Zambia, Malawi and Mozambique, the Technical Officer for Social Protection Knowledge Management and TRANSFORM coordinator, Marialaura Ena, said: “UNU-MERIT is our main international academic partner in this initiative, and we look forward to further engagement and learning from their rich knowledge in the field to support filling the implementation gaps in the region.”
See the new TRANSFORM website and its online learning resources.
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