Public finance for social protection analysts

Public finance for social protection analysts

Public finance for social protection analysts

12–23 Octubre 2020
El curso está disponible en English

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.

Key features
Learn differently

The Centre’s training methods include lectures, discussions, and individual exercises

High-level resources

Learn from ILO specialists, ITCILO trainers, and external lecturers

Three training phases

Each participant completes preliminary and post-training assignments

Get certified

Participants receive a certificate of achievement issued by the Turin Centre

Presentación del curso

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.

¿Quiénes participan en este curso?

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.

What topics does this course cover?
  • Taxation and revenue collection: trends and policy choices
  • The Public Financial Management (PFM) cycle
  • Reading and assessing national budgets, including classifying and interpreting social protection expenditure
  • Assessment of social protection gaps
  • Contribution financing of social protection
  • Costing tax-financed social protection schemes
  • Creation of fiscal space for social protection
  • Assessing value for money
  • The political economy of social protection financing
  • Development of medium term financing strategies

While the course covers some exploration of contribution finance of social protection, the focus is on schemes financed by general revenues.

What will I be able to do?
  • Assess the public finance context in terms of revenue collection, government expenditure and the PFM cycle
  • Develop a compelling business case for investment in social protection to be fed into the national budget cycle
  • Produce costed medium-term plans outlining core priorities for social protection system expansion and reform
Why should I join?
  • Put learning into practice through an Integrated Applied Exercise focused on your own national context
  • Participants join and interact with a diverse network of professionals engaging in issues of social protection financing
  • The course uses a mix of training methods: lectures, plenary discussions, good practices, case studies, group work, and individual exercises.
  • Take a step towards achieving the ITCILO Diploma for Social Protection, a new accreditation for the next generation of social protection practitioners

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.

  • Pre-course (10 hours): Self-guided study through the online eCampus platform. Includes a pre-course assessment.
  • Residential week (100 hours): 10-days of intensive training at the ITCILO in Turin, including developing an individual presentation.
  • Post-course assignment (10 hours): Individual assignment applying learning from the course to a national context.

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