Launching the new ITCILO Social Protection Masterclass

Launching the new ITCILO Social Protection Masterclass

Your free video guide to social protection trends and strategies

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In an era marked by global challenges and societal transformations, the importance of social protection has come to the forefront of discussions on sustainable development. Now, the International Training Centre of the International Labour Organization (ITCILO) proudly unveils its latest initiative: the Social Protection Masterclass.

This free, self-paced learning experience, available in English on our eCampus platform, aims to equip participants with the knowledge and insights necessary to navigate the complexities of social protection systems worldwide.

At the heart of this Masterclass lies a recognition of the critical role that social protection plays in fostering resilient and inclusive societies. As we reflect on the lessons learned from the recent pandemic, it becomes evident that robust social protection systems are not only essential for safeguarding the most vulnerable but also serve as powerful socio-economic stabilizers and engines of development. Countries face a critical choice in strengthening their social protection systems post-pandemic, either investing in comprehensive, universal systems or succumbing to minimalist provision due to fiscal constraints. While socio-economic recovery still remains uncertain, it is the momentum to reflect on the importance of continuing enhancing social protection spending and adopting strategies towards ensuring the right to social protection for all.


The Masterclass features high-level experts in various areas of social protection, who will guide participants through a comprehensive exploration of key dimensions and challenges in this field.

Drawing on the ILO's long-standing experience setting international social security standards, leading experts from the Organization are keynote speakers featured in the Masterclass, sharing the highlights of the current policy discussions on building comprehensive social protection systems.


From defining social protection as a cornerstone for sustainable development to examining international standards, diverse forms of protection, and innovative solutions, participants will delve into a rich tapestry of topics designed to provoke thought and inspire action.

Central to our discussions are fundamental questions that shape the future of social protection systems globally. Who should benefit from social protection? Are social protection systems the domain of lawyers or economists? Can all countries afford comprehensive solutions? These questions, among others, will serve as catalysts for dialogue and critical reflection throughout the Masterclass.

Participants will embark on a journey of discovery, navigating the legal and econometric aspects of social protection systems, exploring international standards, and unravelling the complexities of institutional landscapes. They will gain insights into the composition of schemes and benefits, the strategies for extending coverage, and the diverse financing options available in a simple and structured way.


As we peer into the future, we will examine current trends and persistent challenges, considering the transformative role of digitalization and new technologies in shaping the landscape of social protection. Through engaging video lessons and interactive discussions, participants will emerge with a broad understanding of social protection systems and the tools to contribute effectively to their design, implementation, and improvement.

Our goal is clear: to empower individuals with the knowledge and skills needed to champion inclusive and sustainable social protection systems in their communities and beyond. By fostering a deeper understanding of the complexities and nuances of social protection, we aim to catalyse positive change and create a more equitable world for all.

Join us on this transformative learning journey. Let's navigate the future of social protection together.

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