Specialised modules

EPRI and its partners offer a range of five (5) days intensive specialised topics designed to enhance participants skills and knowledge on social protection. The specialised topics provide an opportunity for participants to explore topics in depth. The specialised modules can be taken as either stand-alone courses or as part of the EPRI’s two-week course – Designing and Implementing Social Transfer Programmes in Cape Town, South Africa or Chiang Mai, Thailand. The offerings may vary depending on demand, but typical offering includes:

Upcoming specialised modules: Cape Town, South Africa

Social Protection Policy
Cape Town, South Africa * 13 – 17 August 2018

This module exposes the participants to the policy-making process for social protection. Drawing on case studies and policy-making theory, participants will discuss the different components of policy documents, taking into consideration the political economy, policy-relevant evidence, and other contextual issues. The module equips participants with a framework for developing and analyzing social protection policies and lets them view such policies in an international perspective.

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Monitoring and Evaluating Social Protection Programmes
Cape Town, South Africa * 13 – 17 August 2018

This course offers its participants and in-depth practical understanding of how monitoring and impact assessment can be used to evaluate programme success. Participants will consider alternative monitoring and evaluation designs including quantitative, qualitative and integrated approaches. They will study evidence-building pilots as tools for policy innovation, how evidence from monitoring and evaluation exercises can be communicated to key decision makers to build support for programmes, and the use of technology to improve M&E outcomes. In addition, participants will learn about microsimulation modelling using STATA, Excel and ADePT to analyse and assess the impact of proposed and existing social protection policies and initiatives.

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Financial Inclusion and Economic Opportunity: Linkages to Social Protection
Cape Town, South Africa * 13 – 17 August 2018

This module provides participants with an in-depth and practical understanding of how new and existing social transfer programmes can be designed and implemented so as to promote livelihoods, increase financial inclusion, and achieve developmental outcomes. The module will detail successful international case studies and this will be applied within an evidence building framework to identify workable approaches for different country contexts.

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Upcoming Specialised Modules: Chiang Mai, Thailand

Social Protection Policy
Chiang Mai, Thailand * 8 – 12 October 2018

This module exposes the participants to the policy-making process for social protection. Drawing on case studies and policy-making theory, participants will discuss the different components of policy documents, taking into consideration the political economy, policy-relevant evidence, and other contextual issues. The module equips participants with a framework for developing and analyzing social protection policies and lets them view such policies in an international perspective.

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Monitoring and Evaluating Social Protection Programmes
Chiang Mai, Thailand * 13 – 17 October 2018

This course offers its participants an in-depth practical understanding of how monitoring and impact assessment can be used to evaluate programme success. Participants will consider alternative monitoring and evaluation designs including quantitative, qualitative and integrated approaches. They will study evidence-building pilots as tools for policy innovation, how evidence from monitoring and evaluation exercises can be communicated to key decision makers to build support for programmes, and the use of technology to improve M&E outcomes. In addition, participants will learn about microsimulation modelling using STATA, Excel and ADePT to analyse and assess the impact of proposed and existing social protection policies and initiatives.

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Financial Inclusion and Economic Opportunity: Linkages to Social Protection
Chiang Mai, Thailand * 8 – 12 October 2018

This module provides participants with an in-depth and practical understanding of how new and existing social transfer programmes can be designed and implemented so as to promote livelihoods, increase financial inclusion, and achieve developmental outcomes. The module will detail successful international case studies and this will be applied within an evidence building framework to identify workable approaches for different country contexts.

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Ageing and Pension Systems
Chiang Mai, Thailand * 8 – 12 October 2018

With the number of people aged 60 and over expected to triple by 2050 to almost 2 billion, this module focuses on how social protection systems will adapt to an ageing population in the world. The module will include an introduction to the demographic context, key factors affecting old age vulnerability and conceptual models around the roles of different elements of the pension system including contributory and non-contributory schemes. The module equips participants with knowledge on the design, implementation and sustainability of pension systems.

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Specialised modules we have offered in the past

In the past, EPRI, along with partners, has offered courses on topics including financial inclusion and policy brief writing. Descriptions of these courses can be found below.

Social protection payments and financial inclusion
Offered by Bankable Frontier Associates in Mombasa, Kenya
30 November
1 December 2010
Designing and implementing the right payment strategy for social transfers has a material effect on their outcome and impact. Payment arrangements can be expensive, and they affect recipient experiences in significant ways. Further, payment arrangements can be designed to go further than simply delivering cash: they can also be used to bring recipients into the world of formal financial services, enabling people to save in a safe place. Such financially inclusive payment arrangements can enhance the developmental impact of social transfers.At this two-day training seminar, offered by Bankable Frontier Associates and CGAP, participants came to understand the range of payment options now available, learned about leading practices, gained insights on how to get more effectiveness and efficiency out of payment mechanisms, and learned how to design efficient and financially inclusive payment arrangements for social transfer programmes through presentations, question-and-answer sessions, role plays and practical case studies.

Writing policy-related briefings
Offered by EPRI in Cape Town, South Africa
13
17 October 2008
Many writers in the policy environment face the same recurring challenge: how to write clear, concise policy briefs appropriate to the target audience. The Economic Policy Research Institute (EPRI), in collaboration with the Overseas Development Institute (ODI), offered this one-week course to help participants develop their own ideas and materials into clear, concise policy briefs. Emphasis was placed on the understanding of policy processes, writing style, and how materials should be shaped in order to catch the attention of the target audience.

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