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For Protection and Promotion: The Design and Implementation of Effective Social Safety Nets 2009

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Washington, DC, USA, February 2-13, 2009

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“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 was built on the latest research findings by the World Bank and other academic and research institutions. It considered practical experience from around the world and drew lessons for low-income, middle-income and accession countries.  Participants had the opportunity to present and discuss challenging social safety net issues in their own country, and work toward solutions with other participants and experts.

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” 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 uses team-based exercises.  It was taught by experts from the World Bank, top academic and research institutions, and other leading agencies. This course comprised four inter related and complementary topics:  

  1. The justification of social safety nets and their fit in the wider development policy
  2. The choice of instruments
  3. Implementation systems and
  4. How these vary by country settings.

Last updated: 2009-08-18

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