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.
The Centre’s training methods include lectures, discussions, and individual exercises
Learn from ILO specialists, ITCILO trainers, and external lecturers
Each participant completes preliminary and post-training assignments
Participants receive a certificate of achievement issued by the Turin Centre
In recent years we have seen a remarkable growth in recognition of the role played by social protection in economic and social development. A growing number of countries have taken steps to expand social protection, while the extension of social protection coverage by 2030 is a target under Goal 1 of the Sustainable Development Goals. How to finance social protection systems nevertheless remains a central challenge, given the diverse array of other priorities for government spending. This course aims to equip social protection practitioners with the practical skills to assess financing options for social protection and develop financing plans tailored to a particular country. An important feature of the course is that it brings together the worlds of public finance and social protection. This intensive course provides a grounding in the core dimensions of public finance, including revenue collection and budget development, while building the understanding and skills necessary for analysis of social protection financing. While the course will include some exploration of the financing of social protection through employee/employer contributions, the main focus will be on schemes funded from general revenues.
The course is targeted at practitioners who already have a number of years' work experience in social protection and are seeking to strengthen their knowledge and skills in relation to social protection financing. The course will be of interest to government staff seeking to build more coherent financing plans for social protection; the staff of international organizations, research institutes and development consultancies regularly providing technical support to national governments; and non-governmental organizations advocating for the expansion of social protection systems. Participants should hold bachelor or advanced degrees and have 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: a) key ministries or government institutions responsible for the development and monitoring of social protection systems, such as ministries of labour, ministries of social protection/social affairs, social security institutions, ministries of finance and planning, ministries of health; b) representatives of the social partners involved in the governance of social security institutions; c) UN agencies working on social protection; d) non-governmental organizations, research institutes and consultancy firms 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 120 total hours of learning, broken up into three phases.