IPT: 322 Social Protection for Sustainable Development

Part 1: 12-18 June 2019
Part 2: 16-27 September 2019
Part 3: 11-17 June 2020
Part 1: Cape Town, South Africa
Part 2: Stockholm, Sweden
Part 3: Cape Town, South Africa
Number of participants
Target Region
Closing date for applications
May 13, 2019


The Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida), Arbetsförmedlingen (the Swedish Public Employment Service) and the Economic Policy Research Institute (EPRI) hereby invite and welcome you to nominate candidates for this International Training Programme on Social Protection for Sustainable Development. Trusting that this training programme will contribute to the development of the social protection system in your country, we would like to invite your institution to nominate qualified candidates for participation in the programme.


The aim and overall objective of the International Training Programme (ITP) is a long-term and sustainable contribution to a more inclusive and equal society by improving the function of the social protection systems that tackle poverty, vulnerability, inequality (both gender and economic) and exclusion while strengthening delivery of inclusive social development, productive employment and equitable economic growth.


The programme has the objective to increase knowledge and provide participants with opportunities to implement development projects that they have prioritized together with their organisations. The methodology used is based on the assumption that the participants’ organisations wish to carry out changes and are willing to invest own efforts and resources to achieve these changes. 


The ITP specifically aims to reinforce the competence of participating strategic individuals to carry out necessary reforms and policy, programme, and organisational changes within the partner country’s social protection systems while building developmental linkages to other policy sectors.





Target Group


This ITP aims to include government officials and others who work at a strategic level on change in their own organizations and for the public good. Participants can apply from ministries, government agencies and departments and non-governmental organisations (NGOs).




The programme will combine theory with practice to provide participants with knowledge to strengthen a sustainable nation­al social protection system. This programme adopts the Results Based Management (RBM) model as the monitoring strategy that focuses on performance and the achievements of results. RBM shifts the focus from activities and outputs to outcomes and impacts. The core modules of the ITP will include training in six main areas:




1. Rights-based and life cycle frameworks for social protection systems,


2. The design and implementation of social protection systems to ensure social inclusion,


3. Strengthening developmental impacts, by integrating inter-sectoral initiatives to multiply social protection impacts and support the SDGs (“Social Protection Plus”), with a particular focus on decent and productive employment,


4. Enabling social protection to promote gender equality,


5. Financing and co-financing social protection reforms, expansion and integration, and


6. Monitoring and evaluating social protection systems to enable evidence-based change.




In addition, the ITP will innovate specific modules and train­ing components to support the specific change programmes identified by partner country teams and will include three cross cutting themes – (1) gender equality; (2) good governance, anti-corruption and integrity and (3) environment and sustain­ability.




Swedish Public Employment Service


Michael Samson


Economic Policy Research Institute (EPRI)
The Point Centre
76 Regent Road, 6th Floor
Sea Point
Cape Town 8005
Republic of South Africa


+27 21 813 97 00



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