Further your knowledge of approaches to social protection and gain the skills to improve policies and programmes for positive social change.
Get up to speed with current knowledge, evidence and practice of social protection. You will broaden your knowledge base of approaches to social protection; develop an understanding of challenges in design and implementation in programming; and build your skills to critically assess the current evidence base. The course will enable you to confidently engage in critical debate about social protection to improve policies and programmes for positive social change.
The course draws of a rich history of social protection work at IDS and is led by Stephen Devereux and Rachel Sabates-Wheeler (Co-Directors of the Centre for Social Protection), who have extensive experience in providing social protection training against the backdrop of their research, evaluation and policy advice work in social protection.
This course aims to equip participants with knowledge about current thinking and practice on social protection, with a focus on social assistance – social cash transfers, conditional cash transfers, school feeding and public works programmes. Participants will also build their skills in aspects of social protection analysis, design and implementation, such as targeting mechanisms, payment systems, financing options, and assessing the impacts of social protection programmes.
Who should attend?
The course is suited to a wide audience of policymakers, practitioners, researchers and project managers who are already or will be working in the area of social protection.
How you’ll learn
The course is interactive, inclusive and participatory. It comprises a series of interactive sessions, blending theoretical and conceptual learning with experiential learning and sharing. Teaching methods include plenary presentations, facilitated plenary discussions, hands-on exercises, case studies and group-work. The combination of techniques serves to build on the knowledge already available and to draw on participants’ own experiences of social protection.
The course is organised around three different themes, and tackles distinct topics within those themes.
Theme 1: Building a knowledge base
- Models of social protection
- Institutional and regional approaches to social protection
- Social protection instruments
Theme 2: Designing and implementing social protection programmes
- Targeting social assistance
- Delivering social assistance
- Social protection systems
Theme 3: Evidence of what works
- Current evidence on social protection impacts
- Monitoring and evaluating social protection programmes
These topics will be complemented with topical issues in social protection, such as social protection and food security, graduation programmes, shock-responsive social protection and gender–sensitive social protection. Case studies and examples will primarily be drawn from experiences in low-income countries, with a focus on sub-Saharan Africa.
- Improved knowledge of conceptual approaches to social protection
- Better understanding of social protection design and implementation issues
- Enhanced ability to contribute to debates on improving social protection policy and practice.
The course is taught in English. To derive the maximum benefit from the course, you should be proficient in English and able to take an active part in discussions. Your English needs to be of an intermediate standard or higher. Ideally you will have an International English Language Test System (IELTS) score of 6.5 or above, or a Common European Framework for Languages (CEFR) score of B2 or above.
Prior knowledge of social protection is desired. You are not required to take an IELTS test, this is a guide only.
Scholarships and bursaries
IDS Fee Waiver
One IDS fee waiver is available to individuals from a low or middle-income country (see our country list) who are actively engaged in the social protection sector, whether as a policymaker, practitioner, advisor or academic. Selection will be based on the applicant’s ability to demonstrate their potential to make a meaningful impact on social protection policy and practice at national, regional or agency level.
The IDS fee waiver covers tuition fees only; it does not cover travel or living costs.
Centre for Social Protection Scholarship
One Centre for Social Protection scholarship is available to individuals from a low or middle-income country (see our country list) who are actively engaged in the social protection sector, whether as a policymaker, practitioner, advisor or academic. Selection will be based on the applicant’s ability to demonstrate their potential to make a meaningful impact on social protection policy and practice at national, regional or agency level.
The Centre for Social Protection scholarship covers tuition fees, travel and living costs up to a total value of £4,000.
Scholarship requirements and how to apply
Within 12 months of completing the course all successful applicants will be required to provide a short report to IDS on how they applied their learning and supported others to learn.
To apply for a scholarship, please complete the relevant section in the short course online application form. For all enquiries about scholarships for this course, please contact Leah Plati ([email protected]).
The scholarship application deadline is 29 March 2021.
IDS alumni bursary
We are pleased offer one bursary for IDS alumni. This single award, funded by IDS, is in the form of a 20 per cent course fee discount. It is subject to terms and conditions, and will be offered to one applicant on a first-come first-served basis. Please indicate on your application form that you wish to be considered for this bursary.
The course fee is £1,550.
Fees include course materials, lunches and refreshments, one evening group dinner. It does not include accommodation, insurance or travel costs.
Once you have received confirmation that your application has been approved, the fee must be paid in full on receipt of invoice.
How to apply
The application procedure is a three-stage process:
Stage 1: Apply by completing the online application form. Deadline for applications is 10 May 2021. The course code is RF/19020.
Stage 2: You will be notified within one month as to whether your application has been approved or not. Successful applicants will receive the Stage 2 application form and an invoice for the course fee. Places on the course are not guaranteed until fees have been received.
Stage 3: Once fees have been received, you will be sent confirmation of your place on the course and a letter to support your visa application (if required).
You are responsible for organising your own travel and visas (where needed). Please note that UK visa applications can take months to process.
Coronavirus update: We continue to monitor the Covid-19 situation and have introduced a range of measures that will limit social interaction and potential transmission. Although applications for our short courses remain open we advise participants who incur any travel costs (e.g. flights, accommodation, visas etc) to ensure they have adequate travel insurance, as stated in our short course terms and conditions. If your course is cancelled, we will refund your course fees in full.
Past participants said:
“I feel that now I will be able to more actively engage in project design, implementation and review and how to best include social protection in development dialogue.”
“I feel better able to offer internal critique or advice on policy direction and to identify where social protection can enhance the achievements of sectoral programmes.”
“Very to the point presentations covering a large range of topics; very good lecturers, participants with a wide range of experience; good mix of lectures and exercises.”
“The interactive facilitation style allowed us to probe deeper into issues.”
“Good learning from others, hearing about other countries’ stages and experiences in SP.”
“The course had a good mixture of theory and applications and brought good case studies for practical applications.”
“[The course helps me to] provide both more direct technical inputs to programmes and engage in wider technical discussions.”