• 2021 Trainers (more to come)

    Your trainers are globally renowned social protection experts who bring decades of experience of developing effective schemes and providing policy advice in over 50 countries, from Angola to Uzbekistan. Our team has significant experience delivering training on inclusive social protection schemes across the world.

    Senior Social Policy Specialist Angola Barrantes, speaking on inclusive social protection in Brazil.

    Alexandra Barrantes

    Senior Social Policy Specialist

    Alexandra is a Senior Social Policy Specialist at Development Pathways. She has more than 20 years of experience in social protection, poverty reduction, inequality, social rights, right to identity, governance and financial inclusion. Alexandra has provided high-level policy advice and conducted negotiations with government officials regarding social protection high-level design and policy implications in over 20 low- and middle-income countries. Since joining Pathways she has led a team designing the first cash transfer in Angola, a team supporting the implementation of social protection in Malawi, a team undertaking a Situational Analysis in Uganda, social protection trainings, and formed part of an Advisory Group to UNICEF’s Social Policy Team organising the Universal Child Benefit Conference.


    Previously, she worked for a regional international organisation for the Americas region (OAS) for many years, where she headed the Social Protection Section, and led teams developing and designing a Social Protection Diploma Course, a regional social protection network, technical assistance and capacity-building for social development ministries, and providing technical advice to regional social policy inter-governmental bodies. Managed team responsible for providing support to the Working Group to Examine the National Periodic Reports Envisioned in the Protocol of San Salvador on economic, social and cultural rights and for instituting the first-ever round of reports on indicators of progress on social rights. She has also undertaken consultancies with UNICEF, and collaborated with key international actors in the social protection and poverty reduction field, including: UNRISD, ILO, OPHI, ECLAC, World Bank, Regional Working Group for the Social Protection Floor Initiative, Inter-American Development Bank, WFP, FAO, UNDP, and UN Women.


    She authored and contributed with several publications including a Situational Analysis on income, nutrition and food insecurity in Karamoja, Equity and Social Inclusion, Multidimensional Poverty Indexes, a human-rights based approach to social protection, and has recently been working on conditions, dignity and shame and poverty. More information on Alexandra's projects and publications is available here.

    Senior Social Policy Specialist Bjorn Gelders, providing analysis to underpin inclusive social protection in Indonesia.

    Bjorn Gelders

    Senior Social Policy Specialist

    Bjorn is a Senior Social Policy Specialist and Economist at Development Pathways, specialising in child poverty, inequality, vulnerability and social protection.


    His areas of expertise include mixed-methods research design, statistical analysis, microsimulation and policy analysis. Bjorn has worked in more than 20 countries with governments, the UN and development agencies across Africa, Asia and the Pacific. He is a member of the DFAT Poverty and Social Protection Expert Panel and is regularly contracted to provide inputs and advice to the DFAT-funded MAKOTA Indonesia; the DFID-funded Capacity and Policy Development Facility (CPDF) in Rwanda; and the DFID-funded Expanding Social Protection (ESP) programme in Uganda.


    He has supported the design and implementation of large-scale household surveys in countries such as South Africa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Uganda, and Vanuatu; has extensive experience in analysing census and survey micro-data; and authored a significant number of reports on impact, the SDGs, and poverty, including a Quantitative Impact Analysis of Uganda's Senior Citizens Grant, the SDG Baseline Report on Children in Indonesia, Global Goals for Every Child: Progress and Disparities Among Children in South Africa and contributing to the Realisation of the Sustainable Development Goals By, For and With Persons with Disabilities: UN Flagship Report on Disability and Development 2018.

    Bjorn is also well-versed in conducting microsimulations of the cost and impact of social protection programmes to support policy and decision-making; and regularly delivers workshops and trainings for both technical and non-technical audiences.

    Shea McClanahan

    Senior Social Policy Specialist

    Shea has more than 15 years of experience in social policy and social protection, focusing in recent years on social insurance and its place within inclusive social protection systems in developing countries.


    Shea has actively engaged in key social policy research and data processes at the UN. At UNRISD, she contributed to global research on financing social policy, social policy and migration, and a range of other topics. While at the International Social Security Association, she led research and production of Social Security Programs Throughout the World; engaged with the CEOs of national social security agencies on issues related to social security extension, administration and implementation; and contributed to UN-wide social protection inter-agency data collaboration through SPIAC-B. Shea has collaborated closely with the ILO, contributing to the World Social Protection Report 2017-19 and working to streamline global social security data collection and validation processes.


    Previously, Shea was a research assistant to a former US Commissioner of Social Security and has 10 years of social policy research experience in Latin America. At Development Pathways, she leads the portfolio on the informal economy and multi-tiered social protection, and oversees multiple projects in Viet Nam, Uganda and West Africa.

    Development Pathways' Senior Social Policy Specialist Stephen Kidd, training in Kenya on building an inclusive social protection system.

    Dr Stephen Kidd

    Senior Social Policy Specialist

    Stephen is currently a Senior Social Policy Specialist at Development Pathways, with a wealth of experience working on social protection. He previously worked for DFID as a Senior Social Development Adviser, including leading its Social Protection and Equity and Rights policy teams, has been Director of Policy and Communications at HelpAge International, where he led the organisation’s engagement on social protection, and used to be a Lecturer in Social Anthropology at the University of Edinburgh.


    Over the past 20 years, Stephen has worked in over 30 countries across Africa, Asia, the Pacific and Latin America providing advice to governments and agencies on social protection. His experience ranges from advisory support in the development of national strategies and policies on social protection, leading the design of social protection schemes for development partners, undertaking reviews of social transfer programmes and national systems, research on a wide range of social protection issues – including on targeting, conditions, disability-inclusive social protection, ageing and social protection, universal child benefits, and the political economy of social protection – and has delivered many training courses on inclusive social protection.


    Stephen has an extensive publishing record including: Leaving No-one Behind: Building Inclusive Social Protection Systems for Persons with Disabilities (2019); Hit and Miss: An Assessment of Targeting Effectiveness in Social Protection (2019); a chapter in Social Protection for Informal Workers (2016); The Effectiveness of the Graduation Approach (2017); Social Pensions and their Contribution to Economic Growth (2017); a series of UNESCAP e-learning policy guides including Why We Need Social Protection (2018); and Are You Designing Social Protection Schemes from a Citizenship or a Charity Paradigm? (2017) 


    A comprehensive list of his publications can be found here. 


    Dr Anna McCord is a specialist in public works programmes.

    Dr Anna McCord

    Senior Consultant

    Anna is a research economist specialising in social protection design, analysis and impact, including the relationship between social protection and HIV/AIDS, with a particular interest in public works, labour markets and employment, as well as the political economy of social policy interventions.


    Anna has experience throughout sub-Saharan Africa, as well as central, southern and south eastern Asia, working closely with a range of major donors, governments and non governmental agencies. This has included in recent years a baseline review of the impact of DFID Social Protection Policy Engagement in Uganda and contributing to the evaluation of the Hunger Safety Net Programme in Kenya as Expert Panel Advisor to DFID; and methodology development and analysis of the impact of IFAD policy engagement in South East Asia (India, Indonesia, Nepal & Viet Nam); and Technical Advisor and Report Author, Conference on Social Protection and Employment Promotion for DFAT.


    She has provided training training to a range of bilateral donor staff, including to DFAT partners staff on social protection and active labour markets; EU international staff on social protection and public works; and DFID staff on active labour market policies. She has written extensively on the political economy of social protection and public works and labour market interventions, including the key book Public works and social protection in Southern Africa: Do public works work for the poor? and the book chapter 'The Role of Public Works in Addressing Poverty: Lessons from recent developments in Public Works Programming’, in Hulme and Lawson (eds) What Works for Africa's Poorest.

    Dr Andrew Fischer

    Senior Consultant

    Andrew is Associate Professor of Social Policy and Development Studies at the Institute of Social Studies in The Hague, part of Erasmus University Rotterdam. He is also the Scientific Director of CERES, The Dutch Research School for International Development; founding editor of the book series of the UK Development Studies Association published by Oxford University Press, entitled Critical Frontiers of International Development Studies; and one of the editors of the journal Development and Change. His latest book, Poverty as Ideology (Zed, 2018), was awarded the International Studies in Poverty Prize by the Comparative Research Programme on Poverty (CROP) and Zed Books and, as part of the award, is now fully open access (http://bora.uib.no/handle/1956/20614).


    Originally from Canada, he earned his PhD from the London School of Economics (LSE) and has been involved in development studies for over 30 years, including time spent living and working in Central America, India, Nepal and Western China. Fischer’s current research is focused on inequality and the role of redistribution in development at local, regional and global scales, and theirinteractions with finance and production. Since 2015, he has been leading a European Research Council Starting Grant on the political economy of externally financing social policy in developing countries. He has been known to tweet @AndrewM_Fischer