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For Protection and Promotion: The Design and Implementation of Effective Social Safety Nets

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February 25 - March 7, 2008 - Washington, DC, USA

Students in a school in Mozambique

"For Protection and Promotion: the Design and Implementation of Effective Safety Nets” was a two week course aimed at providing participants with an in-depth understanding of the conceptual and practical issues involved in the development of individual safety net programs and full safety net systems that protect poor and vulnerable population groups from income risk, link them to essential social services and help them escape poverty.

The course adopted a mix of learning methods, including presentations based on the latest World Bank knowledge including the long-standing Safety Net primer, two new books: “For Protection and Promotion: the Design and Implementation of Effective Social Safety Nets” (forthcoming) and  “Implementation  Matters: Evidence and Lessons from Targeting Performance in Eastern and Central Europe” (forthcoming) as well as two new courses “Social Safety Nets in OECD countries” and “Controlling for Fraud, Error and Corruption in Social Protection Programs”.

The course also drew on case studies of country reforms, and used team-based exercises. It was taught by experts from the World Bank, top academic and research institutions, and other leading agencies. Participants had the opportunity to present and discuss challenging social safety net issues in their own country, and worked toward solutions with other participants and experts.

This year's course was designed to help policymakers, development professionals, social partners, and academics grapple with key questions dealing not only with the design and implementation of individual safety net interventions but also policy implications including the making of an integrated safety net system, financing and institutional arrangements. More information about the course content

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