Aug. 31, 2022

Strengthening Inclusive Social Protection Systems in the Pacific: First training course complete!

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The Australian Government’s Partnerships for Social Protection (P4SP) program is excited to have completed its first training course on Strengthening Inclusive Social Protection Systems in the Pacific.

Over nine weeks, 44 participants across the region from government, non-government and development partner organisations, came together with a team of social protection specialists to connect and learn from each other about what social protection can and does look like in the Pacific.

Laisa Matagi from the Ministry of Economy in Fiji said of the training, “This training has been eye opening, it made me re-assess my ideas of social protection and my role in the program’s policies. Now I look at social protection as being more than just about individual programs, but as the overall approach across the lifecycle of the population.”

The training drew on regional and global evidence to delve into topics such as:

  • The fundamentals of social protection and how Pacific nations can strengthen and finance their national social protection systems
  • The economic, social, and political impacts of social protection, and how it can affect gender, disability and social inclusion outcomes
  • The role social protection plays in responding to shocks and disasters, supporting economic recovery and growth, and helping address climate change impacts
  • How to deliver social protection programs, including in challenging environments
  • Strategies to advocate for effective evidence-based social protection policies and practices using real examples from the Pacific and Timor-Leste.

Ma’ake Komailevuka and Romeena Singh, from the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade in Fiji explained, “This training has helped us to broaden our knowledge and develop better understanding of how social protection works. The training was very informative; what we acquired from the training was more than what we expected. Thank you so much P4SP Team for your valuable training. The training instructors were fantastic, and how practical they made each session was awesome”.

With more than 100 applicants and significantly positive feedback from participants, P4SP is currently planning to deliver additional training to meet the ongoing demand.

To register your interest for future training opportunities, please visit: P4SP event registration

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