Our new course, Inclusive Social Protection: Making the Case, has launched to provide participants with an in-depth understanding of social protection so that they are able to effectively make the case for increased investment in this sector within their countries and organisations.
Course participants are representing at least 16 countries (Bangladesh, Brazil, Cambodia, Ethiopia, India, Kenya, Madagascar, Mexico, Myanmar, Nigeria, Jordan, South Africa, Somaliland, Uganda, United States, Zambia), and several sectors and institutions:
- Government agencies (social development, labour, finance, inclusion, economy, planning)
- Bilateral cooperation agencies (GIZ, DFID)
- UN agencies (UNICEF, WFP,)
Some of the key messages our global experts will delve on during the course, include the following:
- Social protection is an essential public service and a core component of an effective and sustainable market economy.
- The majority of the population would benefit from access to social protection and this would contribute to economic growth.
- As countries develop, they establish social protection systems that address lifecycle risks.
- The design and implementation of social protection programmes need to include dignity, equity and human rights considerations.
- Inclusive social protection systems support social cohesion and reduce inequalities.
- Social protection is the public service with the highest levels of spending in high-income countries.
- Social protection for the majority of citizens is affordable in low and middle-income countries.
- When people living on low incomes receive regular and predictable social transfers their lives can be transformed, and they become more active in the labour market.
Guest lecturers will also address issues around shock-responsive social protection, and social protection in humanitarian contexts. Throughout the Course, Development Pathways experts will bust some of the most common social protection myths, by providing the existing evidence in the field, as well as showcasing practical country examples from across the globe.
On the second day of the training, November 5th, Cecilia Mbaka – Head of the National Social Protection Secretariat, State Department of Social Protection in Kenya- will be delivering a keynote address to showcase the path Kenya has taken in promoting an inclusive social protection system.