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Mark your Calendars! The launch of DP’s Online Course on Inclusive Social Protection


Following last year’s successful edition of Development Pathways’ standalone course on Inclusive social protection, we are very proud to announce that Development Pathways has launched its Online Course on Inclusive Social Protection: Making the Case which will take place from 1 March to 7 May 2021.

Why us? Development Pathways - since its foundation in 2010 - has been providing unique evidence and experience on how social protection schemes can be effective while upholding principles of dignity and non-discrimination. From our global experience, we have concluded that if social protection is to be effective, it must be inclusive and implemented as a right. Inclusive social protection systems ensure that everyone is able to access income security throughout the lifecycle, from childhood to old age, whenever it is required.

Why the need for the course? Our experience has taught us that convincing policymakers and development partners to further invest in inclusive social protection can be challenging. They may not appreciate the value of social protection, may believe it is unaffordable, or may be convinced by many of the negative myths surrounding it. As a consequence, too many people globally are still being left behind.

Our course. Development Pathways, therefore, armed with our global practical experience and growing training portfolio created a course to support participants in making the case for inclusive social protection. By the end of the interactive online training course, participants will be able to effectively contribute towards the design and/or implementation of inclusive social protection systems and make the case for increased investment, while incorporating dignity into the equation in their countries, organisations and/or at an international scale. We provide an interactive and empowering approach to learning. Plenary sessions on key topics will be accompanied by group work, exercises and games in which participants arrive at answers themselves. This also provides an opportunity to build global networks and access the insights of other participants.

Our team. Led by global experts in social protection, this online interactive course has been built on our trainers’ wealth of experience in engaging with policymakers to gain commitments to invest in inclusive, lifecycle social protection schemes and our global research that supports making the case for this.

But, don’t take our word for it, read the following review of the course from one of last year’s participants:

As to the course, despite working on social protection and especially disability policy for more than 35 years, I still learned a lot and profited from the experience.  The combination of excellent lecturers mixed with practitioners from several countries and different sectors – governmental; researchers; NGOs and INGOs -brought together so many perspectives that helped me and us frame our arguments and adjust our viewpoints. 

I particularly appreciated the myth-busting around universal programs being too expensive, especially for poorer countries.  The team gave us the empirical evidence from their many in-depth analyses of different low-income countries to take on the international forces still pushing the Proxy Means Test and poverty-targeting models. While in my fieldwork in many countries on disability assessment and certification, I had already witnessed first-hand the unfairness, especially of PMTs, concerning families with a disabled member, but it wasn’t until the course that I realized how insidious, wrong and ineffective all poverty-targeting is.”

To find out more about the course, you can visit our dedicated website page here:

We only have a limited number of places available, so make sure you secure your place by registering here. Be sure not to miss the Early Bird reduced rate ending on the 15th of December 2020. Registration is open until the 15th of February 2021.

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