First Edition of Diploma Course on Social Protection in the Americas
In October of 2011, the OAS, and the Pontifical Catholic University of Chile launched the first blended Diploma Course on Social Protection for the Americas. The course objectives for students were:
1. To gain awareness of the main debates and approaches to social protection and its implementation in Latin America.
2. To identify achievements and gaps in social protection in countries of the region and to analyse the impacts of the different social protection instruments on poverty and inequality alleviation.
3. To acquire conceptual and methodological tools for incremental improvements in designing, managing, and/or evaluating non-contributory social protection policies.
The Diploma Course targets professionals working at Social Development Ministries and related institutions, who are in charge of designing, implementing, executing and/or evaluating programs related to social protection systems and/or programs aimed at overcoming poverty, vulnerability and inequality. 30 students were admitted to the Diploma Course from 15 Member States ranging from 20 Institutions.
In January 2012 the on-site portion was carried out in Santiago de Chile at the University, with the participation of 20 students from 12 OAS Member States.