21 September 2020 - 02 October 2020

Academy on Social Security

21 September 2020 - 02 October 2020

Academy on Social Security

Academy on Social Security

Course Information

21 September 2020 - 02 October 2020

English - French

Turin Centre

Code: A9012789

French English

Enrolment deadline: 21 August 2020

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The Academy on Social Security offers a unique opportunity to benefit from a diversified training package on the governance, financing, reform and extension of social protection systems. Participants will tailor-make their own two-week course by choosing from several elective courses, and will benefit from an innovative and dynamic learning environment.

Target audience

Target audience

The course is designed for officials committed to furthering social protection with innovative, practical methods and techniques. More precisely, (1) managers, planners, advisers and professionals working in social security institutions, (2) policy-planners and officials from key ministries responsible for the development and monitoring of social protection systems, (3) representatives of the social partners involved in the governance of social security institutions and (4) practitioners and consultants of UN agencies working on social protection.



The Academy on Social Security is the most comprehensive training package delivered by the International Training Centre of the ILO (ITC-ILO) in the field of social protection. Through a diversified and need-driven course curriculum of 20 elective courses and 9 plenary sessions, the Academy addresses a wide range of topics such as the extension of social protection, efficient governance, sustainable financing and reform options with some of the best lecturers on these topics.

Over a two-week period, participants have the opportunity to take advantage of a rich and flexible learning programme, which guarantees a steep learning curve in an international environment of knowledge exchange and provides a unique opportunity for networking with a large pool of social security experts.

With more than five billion people lacking adequate social security, the adoption of a landmark ILO Recommendation concerning national floors of social protection calls for providing people with essential health care and benefits, as well as basic income security constituting national social protection floors. The Academy is designed to enhance the capacity of key actors involved in the social protection sector to build comprehensive and efficient national social protection systems. 

The ITCILO has been playing a key role in the provision of training and capacity building to many stakeholders in the development sector for several decades now. Our direct access to the knowledge bank of the International Labour Organization, United Nations and the opportunity of an international exchange of experiences offered by the ITCILO to our participants here in Italy, sets us a class apart from other conventional training institutions.

After the success of the previous eight editions, which witnessed huge participation of key stakeholders in the social security sector from across the globe, it is our delight to offer the Academy on Social Security from 21 September to 2 October 2020.



The Academy provides advanced knowledge and management tools needed for the effective design, management and governance of social security systems. The main aim of the Academy is to enhance the capacity of key actors involved in the social security sector to better advice, design, manage, administer and supervise national social security schemes in a changing global economic and financial context.

The Academy covers a wide range of social protection cross-cutting themes such as extension, governance, financing and reforms.

The specific objectives are:

• Improving the skills of social security managers involved in the governance, design, reforms and administration of social security institutions;

• Analyzing best international practices and guidelines of social security schemes and the protection of the interests of beneficiaries;

• Increasing awareness of the economic and financial implications of social protection systems;

• Enhancing knowledge of the techniques and methods used for establishing financially sustainable social security schemes;

• Understanding the challenges posed by the demographic and economic changes for social security schemes;

• Acquiring an international perspective on social security policy issues through comparative analysis and

• Understanding the importance of the extension of social protection as a powerful tool to reduce poverty and
inequalities while contributing to economic growth and development;

• Understanding the process for a diagnosis of current national social protection systems and formulation of a
national strategy on the extension of social protection;

• Assessing the feasibility, cost and impact of National social protection floors;

• Reviewing various initiatives around the world which are components of the Social Protection Floor or milestones for extension of social protection, in view of their replication and adaptation in other countries.



Participants are officials committed to furthering the social protection with innovative, practical methods and techniques.

For instance, participants can be:

• Managers, planners, advisers and professionals working in social security institutions;

• Policy planners and officials from key ministries responsible for the development and monitoring of social protection systems such as:– Ministry of Labour– Ministry of Finance and Planning– Ministry of Health– Ministry of Social Protection– Ministry of Social Affairs

• Representatives of the social partners involved in the governance of social security institutions;• Practitioners and consultants of UN agencies working on social protection;

• Leaders and key members of associative or nongovernmental organizations engaged in social protection policy formulation

Methodology and Programme Design

Methodology and Programme Design

The ITCILO promotes a three phase approach in its learning activities:

  • Phase I: Pre-course information on the Internet-based learning platform

– three weeks before the course;

  • Phase II: Face-to-Face workshop

– two week course in Turin;

  • Phase III: Post-Training on the Internet-based learning platform

– following the face to face course.


Phase II: Face-to-Face workshop

Participants have the opportunity to benefit from the daily plenary sessions plus two elective courses each week.

  First week Second week
8h30-10h00 Plenary session
10h12-12h30 Morning Elective course 1-5 Morning Elective course 11-15
12h30-14h00 Lunch   break
14h00-17h00 Afternoon Elective course 610 Afternoon Elective course 16-20

Daily forum: Each morning of the two weeks, participants join top profile guests to discuss as a group high-priority and emerging themes in the field of social security. This daily get-together serves as a backdrop to the relevant issues as participants then break up to attend their respective courses. All participants attend the plenary sessions and each Friday is special training programme.

Morning Elective Courses: Participants pre-register for two 4-day courses, which run from Monday through Thursday. Each week, there are a number of different morning elective courses to choose from.

Afternoon Elective Courses: Participants register to 2 afternoon electives during the programme. All courses offered in the afternoon are 4-day courses that participants register for before the programme. Each week, there are a number of different afternoon elective courses to choose from.

During the course an action-oriented, highly participative approach is used with particular attention to sharing international experience with a view to adaptation and practical application. Training methods combine lectures and discussions, case studies, open space discussions, group work and individual exercises.



The final training programme will be finalised in the summer 2020. As an indication, please see below the plenary sessions and elective courses offered in 2019.

Plenary sessions

    • 100 years of social protection
    • The future of social protection in a digital world
    • Financing universal social protection and the SDGs
    • Social protection for food and nutrition security and rural poverty reduction
    • Impacts of social protection, “what are we seeing?”
    • Sharing innovative thinking on social protection policy
    • Responding to the challenges of social protection through social dialogue
    • Targeting social protection programmes to ensure that no one is left behind
    • Addressing inequities in access to health care through social protection
    • Leadership for Social Protection

Elective courses

Week 1 – Morning Elective Courses

  • Course 1: Developing Social Protection Strategies and Policies through Assessment-based National Dialogue
  • Course 2: International social security law
  • Course 3: Building effective and integrated pension systems
  • Course 4: Social protection governance (in French)
  • Course 5: Strategies on the extension of social protection in the informal sector (in French)

Week 1 – Afternoon Elective Courses

  • Course 6: Financing social protection and Public Finance
  • Course 7: Social protection extension strategies to the informal sector
  • Course 8: Impact assessment of social protection systems
  • Course 9: International social security law (in French)
  • Course 10: Pensions Reforms: Achieving coverage, adequacy and sustainability (in French)

Week 2 – Morning Elective Courses

  • Course 11: Social health protection: Effective access to affordable health care
  • Course 12: Monitoring and Evaluation
  • Course 13: Financial and actuarial planning
  • Course 14: Social dialogue within the context of social protection design and reforms (in French)
  • Course 15: Developing national capacities for social protection (in French)

Week 2 – Afternoon Elective Courses

  • Course 16: The Politics of Designing Social Protection Programmes
  • Course 17: Leadership for social protection
  • Course 18: Linking Social Protection to Agriculture and Food Security
  • Course 19: Financial and actuarial planning (in French)
  • Course 20: Coordination of social protection systems: Balancing contributory and non-contributory schemes (in French)

A Certificate of Achievement will be awarded upon satisfactory completion of the assessment of knowledge and competencies acquired.

Resource Persons

Resource Persons

Through its pivotal role in social security policy development, strong partnerships with other United Nations Agencies and comprehensive technical cooperation projects around the world, the ITC-ILO and ILO draw on a worldwide network of the best social security experts from its own staff, World Bank, UNICEF, OECD, social security institutions, well-known universities, recognized research institutes and senior consultants.

Cost of participation

Cost of participation

Participation in the course costs 3,795 EUR (2395 EUR for tuition + 1400 EUR for subsistence), excluding international air travel and airport transfers. This is payable in advance. This covers: tuition fees; the use of training facilities and support services; training materials and books; accommodation and full board at the Centre’s campus; emergency medical care and insurance.

For information regarding payment, cancellation and refunds, please consult:


Diploma for Social Protection Analysts

Diploma for Social Protection Analysts

By taking this course you are taking a step towards earning the Diploma for Social Protection Analysts.

Background and Objective

The Diploma for Social Protection Analysts is a new initiative in the field of social protection capacity strengthening. Implemented by the International Training Centre of the ILO (ITCILO). Its central objective is to support the improvement in analytical aspects of the design, financial planning and governance of national social protection systems, through the training of quantitative specialists.

The Diploma provides the opportunity for successful candidates to become part of a new global cadre of practitioners with a recognised set of quantitative skills for social protection analysis. This is achieved with a package of intensive and challenging training courses equipping participants with the state of the art in tailored techniques for quantitative analysis of social protection. Incorporating the analytical depth and accreditation of an extended training programme, the certification is organised around a set of short courses and distance learning which can be completed over a number of years. This makes it particularly accessible to professionals in full-time employment.

Certification Process
The Diploma is composed of four social protection courses. Participants need to complete three courses out of the four qualified courses within a 5-year period in order to earn the “Social Protection Analysts” recognition. The Diploma represents 380 learning hours.
For each eligible course, the assessment process establishes whether participants have a full grasp of the skills and concepts included, resulting in a course-specific Certificate of Achievement issued by ITCILO Turin. To earn the “Social Protection Analyst” certification participants need to complete three courses and then undertake a capstone assessment
demonstrating the consolidated learning of the courses combined. The capstone assessment consists of a written assignment which uses analytical approaches from the three completed courses to develop policy recommendations for a specific country context.

You can find out more about the Diploma at the dedicated website.

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Tuition cost: 2395

Subsistence cost: 1400

Total cost: 3795



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