Economic Policy Research Institute - EPRI
Around the world, developing countries are increasingly recognising the value of social transfer programmes in reducing extreme poverty, with success stories in Africa, Asia, and Latin America. The Economic Policy Research Institute (EPRI), together with the UNU-MERIT/Maastricht Graduate School of Governance and the Institute of Development Studies (IDS), is offering a two-week course including a number of specialised modules aimed at providing participants with an in-depth understanding of the conceptual and practical issues involved in the development of social transfer programmes. Participants will acquire tools required for the appropriate identification and successful design and implementation of these programmes.
The Economic Policy Research Institute is conducting a course from 8-19 August in Cape Town and on 3-14 October 2016 in Chiang Mai, Thailand.
The course aims to build the capacity of government policymakers and officials, representatives from bilateral and multilateral agencies, programme practitioners and staff members from non-governmental organisations. The course will serve those who want to more effectively design, implement and manage social transfer programmes with the goal of reducing poverty and better achieving the Millennium Development Goals.
At the end of the course, the successful participant will better understand the comprehensive approach to social protection and how appropriate social protection instruments can reduce poverty and vulnerability and promote develop-mental outcomes. The course will reinforce the skills required to identify, design and implement effective social protection programmes. A team of international experts, skilled professionals and leaders in the field will teach the course. The certificated course will be jointly accredited by the UNU-MERIT/Maastricht Graduate School of Governance and the Economic Policy Research Institute.
What the course will cover:
The course includes a coordinated series of theme-oriented sessions, practical skills-building workshops, field trips to visit social protection sites and relevant technical skills training. The course will be taught using formal lectures, practical case studies and hands on exercises. Topics will include:
- The role of social protection in reducing poverty, vulnerability and social exclusion;
- The identification of appropriate social protection instruments for specific country contexts;
- The design of social protection and cash transfer programmes;
- Implementation issues, including registration, targeting, payment and information systems;
- Monitoring and evaluation approaches for social protection systems;
- Case studies of successful programmes around the world; and
- Field trips to see South Africa’s social protection system in action.
During the second week of the course, participants choose one intensive five-day module on a specialised topic. Offerings may vary based on demand and enrolment numbers, but typical options include:
- Social protection policy;
- Financial inclusion and economic opportunity: Linkages to social protection;
- Monitoring and evaluating social protection programmes;
- Ageing and social pensions *(offered only at the Chiang Mai course); and
- Micro-simulation Models for Policy Analysis (depending on demand).
Tuition Fees and Other Costs
The tuition fee for the two-week course, including one specialised topic module is £2990. The tuition fee also includes travel on scheduled visits and optional hands-on computer based skill workshops.
If you would like to apply to attend the one week core course only (8-12 August 2016 - Cape Town/ 3-7 October 2016 - Thailand) or one of the specialised topics (15-19 August 2016 / 9-14 October 2016), the tuition fee is £1 690.
The comprehensive accommodation and facilities fee is £1 570, which includes four-star accommodation, three meals per day and teas, per diems, recreational activities and tours, airport transfers and use of included facilities. The fees do not include international travel to and from Cape Town, South Africa or Chiang Mai, Thailand.
The comprehensive accommodation and facilities fee for a one week course is £ 870, which includes four-star accommodation, three meals per day and teas, per diems, airport transfers and use of included facilities. The fees do not include international travel to and from Cape Town, South Africa or Chiang Mai, Thailand.
For those participants who wish to arrange their own accommodation, the course facilities fee is £540 for the two week course and £300 for the one week course. The facilities fee covers your conference package and associated elements.
Early Bird and Group Discounts
|Cape Town Course||Application Closing Dates||Full Two Weeks||One Week|
|Absolute Deadline||15 July||GBP 2990||GBP 1690|
|6 Weeks in Advance||30 June||GBP 2890||GBP 1590|
|3 Months in Advance||29 April||GBP 2790||GBP 1390|
|Chiang Mai Course|
|Absolute Deadline||16 September||GBP 2990||GBP 1690|
|6 Weeks in Advance||5 August||GBP 2890||GBP 1590|
|3 Months in Advance||30 June||GBP 2790||GBP 1390|
Group Current Discount Policy
For every five full paying participant ( tuition and accommodation package), we will waive the tuition fee for the fifth person, with a 20 percent discount on tuition for every full paying participant thereafter (20 percent discount on tuition for the 6th full paying participant, 20 percent discount for the 7th full paying participant and so on.
For a group of four full paying participants (tuition and accommodation package), there is a 15 percent discount on tuition for the group.
How to Apply
Apply Now Online: http://epri.org.za/what-we-do/courses/ and complete the online application form for the relevant course. Alternatively download the form from our website and post, fax or scan and email to:
Economic Policy Research Institute
21 Dreyer Street,
Cape Town, South Africa
Fax: +27 21 671 3157
Tel: +27 21 671 3301
For more about the Economic Policy Research Institute, refer to http://epri.org.za.