ITP 322 - Social Protection for Sustainable Development (Country group 6)


ITP 322 - Social Protection for Sustainable Development 

Invited countries

Cambodia, Mozambique, Rwanda, Sudan, Zimbabwe


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:

  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.
  7. 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.

Targeted Audience

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.

Before applying to the programme, each applicant should consult with their employer to ensure the appropriateness of their role in supporting the aims of the social protection change programme in their country. It is essential that the participant’s organisation supports the medium-term change programme as agreed by the national ITP steering committee. Descriptions of each change programme can be found here. In the application form, the participants will need to explain how their work can potentially contribute to the success of the medium-term change programme and the overarching development goals in their respective countries.

Application Process

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 not received a confirmation email, your application is not registered.

If you have any quesions regarding the application process, please email or

Templates for application

Letter of nomination (if you are nominated by your organisation)

Medical statement

Certificate of English language

Change programme descriptions

More information

Further information can be found in the brochure here 

Change programme descriptions

Information about the programme (EPRI's webpage)

Contact details

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
Programme Convenor
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 Moa Lindgren
Project administrator
Phone: +46 (0)10-486 73 07


Title: ITP 322/6
Start date:
End date:
Responsible: Nihal Hariri
Vacant seats: 25
Registration deadline: 2022-09-25
Status: Started