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.
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.
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.
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.
Core learning and electives
The structure of the course will include the following:
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