Public finance for social protection analysts

Public finance for social protection analysts
Social Protection

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

¿Quiénes participan en este curso?

The course is designed for both: 

  • social protection practitioners seeking to deepen their understanding of public finance
  • public finance professionals seeking to understand the specific considerations necessary for social protection financing.

Typical participants would be:

  • professionals from government ministries;
  • social security institutions;
  • social partners;
  • UN agencies, non-governmental organisations;
  • research institutes and consultancy firms.

Participants should hold bachelor or advanced degrees and have a solid quantitative background.

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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