Many countries across the globe are increasingly recognising the contribution that social protection systems make to sustainable economic and social development. Yet a central challenge remains how to finance such systems in in the context of a diverse array of other priorities for government spending at a national level. By bringing together the worlds of public finance and of social protection, this course aims to equip social protection and public finance practitioners with the practical skills to assess financing options for social protection and develop tailored country financing plans.
Innovative training methodologies and integrated use of digital learning technology
Learning begins at own pace, continues through high-quality, engaging “real time” sessions and ends with an individual assignment
Successful candidates will obtain an ITCILO Certificate of Achievement
Experts in public finance from ILO, CABRI and OECD Development Centre
"How to finance social protection?" is the (multi-) million dollar question within the social protection sector. This course will better equip participants to answer this question by bringing together two important strands in the question of social protection financing. The first strand engages participants in the analysis of the size of social protection expenditure, and the hypothetical and real world options to finance this expenditure. The second introduces participants to the Public Financial Management cycle, and provides hands-on experience of how this can be applied to social protection. In this sense, the course provides a bridge between the conceptual and practical elements of social protection financing.
Participants are officials committed to advance social protection through strong commitment and sound quantitative skills who normally already have a number of years of work experience in social protection. They should hold bachelor or advanced degrees and a strong quantitative background in business, public administration economics, political science, social science, finance, actuarial studies, mathematics, statistics or related fields. Typical participants would be professionals working in - Social security institutions and in key ministries responsible for the development and monitoring of social protection systems such as: -- Ministries of Finance -- Ministries of Labour -- Ministries of Finance and Planning -- Ministries of Health -- Ministries of Social Protection/ Social Affairs; - Representatives of the social partners involved in the governance of social security institutions; - UN agencies working on social protection; - Non-governmental organizations engaged in social protection.
While the course covers some exploration of contribution finance of social protection, the focus is on schemes financed by general revenues.
Diploma for Social Protection Analysts
This course qualifies for the ITCILO Diploma for Social Protection Analysts. Take three out of four eligible courses within a five year period, and complete a capstone project, to become part of a global cadre of practitioners with a recognised set of skills in social protection policy analysis.
The course consists of a number of online modules offered through the eCampus online platform to be completed over a period of six weeks for an estimated total of 60 learning hours.
The course is broken down into three phases: