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New dates announced for Development Pathways’ Online Course on Inclusive Social Protection


Due to popular demand, Development Pathways is releasing new dates for the Online Course on Inclusive Social Protection: Making the Casewhich will take place from 3 May – 9 July 2021 with only 20 spaces available.

Why did Development Pathways start this course?

As one of the forefront actors in social protection, Development Pathways - since its foundation in 2010 - has been providing unique evidence and experience on how social protection schemes can be effective and uphold principles of dignity and non-discrimination. From our experience, we have concluded that if social protection is to be effective, it must be inclusive and implemented as a right of all citizens. 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. However, our experience has also taught us that convincing policymakers and development partners to invest 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.

Development Pathways, therefore, armed with our global social protection experience, created a course to support the shift in paradigm of social protection to an inclusive system.

What can you expect?

Led by global experts in social protection, this online course provides 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. The course also provides an opportunity to build global networks and access the insights of other participants.

What will you get out of the course?

By the end of the interactive training course, participants will be able to effectively contribute towards the design 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.

What do people say about our training?

“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.”

– Ilene Zeitzer, President of Disability Policy Solutions. Attendee of our 2019 inclusive social protection training.

Details for applying:

We only have 20 places available, so make sure to secure your place by registering here. Registration is open until 19  April 2021. To find out more about the course, you can visit our dedicated website page here:

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