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.
ITP Social Protection for Sustainable Development (Country group 7: Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia)
Arbetsförmedlingen (The Swedish Public Employment Service) and the Economic Policy Research Institute (EPRI), in partnership with Försäkringskassan (The Swedish Social Insurance Agency), Skatteverket (The Swedish Tax Agency) and Pensionsmyndigheten (The Swedish Pensions Agency).
Objectives of 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 prioritised 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 their own efforts and resources to achieve these changes.
The core modules of the ITP will include training in seven main areas:
- Rights-based and life cycle frameworks for social protection systems,
- The design and implementation of social protection systems to ensure social inclusion,
- 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,
- Enabling social protection to promote gender equality,
- Financing and co-financing social protection reforms, expansion and integration, and
- Monitoring and evaluating social protection systems to enable evidence-based change.
- Social protection responses to the COVID-19 pandemic, and lessons from the global crisis
The training involves eight phases. You can read more about the different phases in the brochure here.
Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia
In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, the ITP adopts an e-Learning approach and offers a flexible online learning experience. The conveners adjusted the ITP’s schedule, so the participants can learn at their own pace, set individual goals, and align mentoring sessions with the country-specific context and project. Through relevant design and effective delivery, the online programme builds upon the integrated collaboration of Sida, Arbetsförmedlingen, EPRI, and social protection experts to convey complex concepts in the most comprehensible way. With virtual workshops complemented by a rich set of interactive elements, online discussions, and participatory activities, the ITP aims to provide the participants with realtime, applicable insights.
This ITP aims to include government officials and others who work at a strategic level on change in their organisations and for the public good. Participants can apply from ministries, government agencies and departments and non-governmental organisations (NGOs).
Participants must be able to participate in the reform processes in the social protection sector in their countries. They should have the power and resources to initiate and implement development projects that result in change furthering the goals of this ITP.
The application to the training cycles should be submitted through the application link below. Templates for documents that should be attached in your application can be found below.
Please make sure that you have received a confirmation email from Sida when you have submitted your application.
If you have any quesions regarding the application process, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
Templates for application
Letter of nomination (if you are nominated by your organisation)
Certificate of English language
Change programme descriptions
Further information can be found in the brochure here
Change programme descriptions
Information about the programme (EPRI's webpage)
Economic Policy Research Institute (EPRI)
3rd Floor Sunclare Building, 21 Dreyer Street,
Claremont, Cape Town 7708,
Republic of South Africa
Telephone: +27 21 813 97 00
Contact: Dr Michael Samson
Phone: +27 82 550 40 55
Arbetsförmedlingen – Swedish Public Employment Service, Director General’s Office/Unit of International Affairs
SE-113 99 Stockholm, Sweden
Phone: +46 771 60 00 00
Fax +46 8 508 801 75
Contact: Ms Nihal Hariri
Phone: +46 (0)10-487 64 38