World Bank Core Course on Social Safety Nets
The two-week "core course" is offered by the World Bank’s Social Protection practice aims to provide participants with an in-depth understanding of the conceptual and practical issues involved in the development of social protection systems with a special focus on social assistance or safety net programs. Safety nets are non-contributory transfers provided to people vulnerable to or living in poverty. Transfers can be provided by governments in cash, vouchers or in-kind; they can be universal or targeted, and designed in the context of conditional or unconditional programs. Safety nets are only one of the components of broader social protection systems, which also include insurance-related schemes (e.g. health insurance, crop insurance and pensions) and a range of labor-oriented programs. Such systems protect poor and vulnerable population groups from risk of destitution, link them to essential social services and help them escape poverty.
The course builds on the latest developments in safety nets as integral part of social protection systems. The presented material reflects the most recent policy developments, delivery innovations, and research findings by the World Bank and other institutions. It covers recent practical experience in building coherent social protection systems with special focus on safety net delivery worldwide - from high to middle to low income, to fragile states.
Participants will have the opportunity to present and discuss challenging issues concerning social safety net in their own country, and work toward solutions with other participants and experts.
For further information, see the course brochure.