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For Protection and Promotion: The Design and Implementation of Effective Social Safety Nets 2010

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Washington, D.C., USA, February 1-12, 2010

Student walks home from school in Turkey

Student walks home from school in Turkey

The course is based on the latest World Bank knowledge including the long-standing Safety Net primer series, several new flagship  publications, including: “For Protection and Promotion: the Design and Implementation of Effective Social Safety Nets,”  “Implementation  Matters: Evidence and Lessons from Targeting Performance in Eastern and Central Europe,” “How public works work: a review of the experiences,” “Conditional Cash Transfers: reducing present and future poverty,” “Rethinking school feeding- social safety nets, child development and the education sector,” as well as a host of new information that emanated from the various responses to the recent food, fuel and financial crisis. It also draws on two satellite courses on “Social Safety Nets in OECD countries” and “Controlling for Fraud, Error and Corruption in Social Protection Programs.”

The course adopts a mix of learning methods, including presentations, exercises and team-based exercises.   The course is taught by experts from the World Bank, top academic and research institutions, and other leading agencies.

This course comprises four interrelated 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
  4. How these vary by country settings and economic conditions

How the course has been evaluated by participants?
The course has been evaluated independently by the evaluation unit of WBI, using several methods including a level 1 evaluation (based on participants’ self-assessment and satisfaction), and a level 2 evaluation (through the pre- and post-test to assess actual learning gains from the course). The course received high marks and has been well appreciated by a varied audience that generally come from developing countries (60%), World Bank staff (15%) and staff from development agencies, donors and developed countries (25%).

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