• What makes our course unique?

    Development Pathways is committed to designing evidence-based and context-specific solutions to social and economic policy challenges facing low- and middle-income countries. Our training course is focused on solutions to inclusive social protection and is based on our vast research and hands-on country experience. We gather global experts in the field to provide in-depth and interactive discussions on inclusive social protection.

    Developing an inclusive social protection scheme in Angola, as a building block for a social protection system.

    Inclusive approach

    We know from our research and experience that if social protection is to be effective, it must be inclusive and implemented as a right of all citizens. Social security is a human right, not charity. At the core of this is the inherent dignity of every person.

    Building the case for inclusive social protection: training in Angola


    We have built a wealth of experience in engaging with policymakers so that they commit to investing in inclusive, lifecycle social protection schemes. Underpinning our policy advice is a strong commitment to following the evidence on what is effective. We will bring this experience to the course, which will build on successful courses that we have delivered in recent years.

    Interactive social protection training in Uganda.


    Development Pathways takes an interactive, empowering approach to learning in the training that we deliver. Plenary sessions and films on key topics will be accompanied by group work, exercises and games in which participants arrive at answers themselves. This provides an opportunity to build networks and access the insights of other attendees.


    Social protection training in Vietnam

    Core learning and electives

    The structure of the course will include the following:

    • 3 days of core modules/plenary sessions + games + myth-busting + real case studies
    • 2 days of elective modules run in parallel to cover additional and trending topics
    • Daily tutorial sessions
  • 2019 Core Sessions

    Rationale for Social Protection: reconceptualising poverty, vulnerability and inequality

    Understanding social protection: definitions, approaches and underpinning ideologies

    Evidence on the impacts of social protection, including on economic growth

    The political economy of social protection

    A human rights approach to social protection and gender equity

    Reconceptualising targeting and the evidence on what works and what does not

    A lifecycle social protection system: characteristics of core schemes

    Financing social protection: costs, affordability and sources of funding

    Bringing it all together: How to design inclusive and effective social protection national system

    Understanding how to use simulations of social protection systems for influencing

  • 2019 Elective Modules

    The history of social protection

    Fiscal space and the budget process

    Dignity and stigma in social protection

    Understanding the Proxy Means Test

    Public Works Programmes

    Universal Child Benefits

    Disability-Inclusive Social Protection Systems

    Multi-tiered social protection systems

    Policy influencing A: How to work effectively with development partners

    Policy influencing B: Interpreting the numbers

    Shock-responsive Social Protection

    Monitoring and Evaluating Social Protection Systems

    Design parameters of social transfer programmes

    Uganda's Senior Citizens' Grant: A case study of successful influencing in a challenging political environment

    Role of NGOs in making the case for inclusive social protection

    Social protection in humanitarian contexts

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