socialprotection.org

Start Date: Status: Ongoing

Description

socialprotection.org was created to answer a global demand for a free, unbranded, member-based online platform that would foster a lively and collaborative environment for knowledge exchange on social protection, focusing on developing countries. It is an online, member-based knowledge-sharing and capacity-building platform, open to social protection practitioners, policymakers, and experts, as well as academics and students. The unbranded platform directs access to the most up-to-date and comprehensive content on social protection, with a focus on low- and middle-income countries. 

The platform provides free access to a variety of features, including searchable databases of social protection sources—which includes text, audio, slides, infographic, video, photos, and other online tools—as well as blogs, news, events, and programme profiles. Members of socialprotection.org are able to join Online Communities dedicated to prominent social protection topics and engage with innovative learning tools, such as online courses, webinars, and livestream events. The platform has evolved considerably since its launch in 2015, reflecting the expansion of social protection policies and programmes worldwide.

During its first years, the focus of the platform was in expanding our reach and growing in members, publications, and stakeholders. Following this evolution, the focus now is on improving and innovating its features and services, while stimulating knowledge sharing and keeping the audience updated on the most relevant discussions around social protection, such as the COVID-19 pandemic and the countries social protection responses towards it.

The platform counts on different partners to support its activities and throughout the years we have diffent projects taking place, such as those related to the platform maintanance, new developments and improvements, e-learning and webinars.

Partners

The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade of the Government of Australia (DFAT) , Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH, on behalf of the German Federal Ministry of Economic Development and Cooperation (BMZ) , Asian Development Bank (ADB) , Social Protection Inter-Agency Cooperation Board (SPIAC-B) , FAO Sub-regional Office for Eastern Africa (SFE) , World Food Programme (WFP) , Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) , International Labour Organization (ILO) , International Labour Organization (ILO)—Lusaka Country Office , Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) , European Union Social Protection Systems Programme (EU-SPS) , United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) , UNDP Regional Office Centre for Africa , United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)

Region/Countries

Global

Main Pillar

Knowledge-Sharing

Thematic Area

Social Protection

Sustainable Development Goals

SDG 17 - Partnerships for the Goals

Project Results

Ongoing projects:

1. Enhancing ADB’s Support for Social Protection to Achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (October 2020 - December 2021)

Donor: Asian Development Bank (ADB)  

The main objective of this project is to support the ADB to establish a social protection network in Asia and the Pacific. The socialprotection.org team will support the creation of an Online Community, updating its content and moderating discussions to foster interaction and sustain the engagement of its members. To support the engagement of the Online Community, the team will also organise 4 webinars on social protection.

The main outputs of this project involve the creation a social protection network/platform in the Asia-Pacific region through the socialprotection.org platform to strengthen knowledge-sharing efforts on social protection, creating knowledge solutions to improve the design and delivery of social protection programmes, establishing partnerships, and fostering cooperation among developing member countries. To that end, an Online Community will be created, and a series of webinars will be offered.

Asia-Pacific Social Protection Online Community

 

2. Fostering Knowledge Sharing, Learning and Innovation on Social Protection (January 2021 - August 2023)

Donor: Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH, on behalf of the German Federal Ministry of Economic Development and Cooperation (BMZ)

The project objective is to build on the socialprotection.org platform capabilities to effectively foster innovation and learning within the framework of the international processes with a focus on adaptive social protection, by the following outputs:

  • Maintenance, improvement, and further development of the unbranded platform socialprotection.org towards satisfying identified member needs;
  • Technical assistance in content and knowledge management and learning experiences for the socialprotection.org platform;
  • Organization of a series of virtual workshops on innovative measures related to Adaptative SP.

socialprotection.org

 

3. Fostering global knowledge exchange on Social Protection (May 2021 - May 2024)

Donor: The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade of the Government of Australia (DFAT)

The project aims at securing the maintenance and continuous development of the socialprotection.org platform, divided in three main outcomes:

  • Maintaining and improving the platform to ensure better user experience;
  • Positioning the platform  as the key resource for partners, governments, and policymakers;
  • Strengthening and measuring the influence and impact of the platform on policymaking.

Each outcome embraces several outputs securing the maintenance of the platform features and services and providing inputs for the improvement and expansion of platform's pages, database, and experiences. It also focuses on strengthening the platform's influence and impact.

socialprotection.org

 

Past projects:

- Social Protection Knowledge Sharing Gateway (January 2014 - June 2016)
Donor (s): The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade of the Government of Australia (DFAT) / Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH, on behalf of the German Federal Ministry of Economic Development and Cooperation (BMZ) / Social Protection Inter-Agency Cooperation Board (SPIAC-B)
Outputs: Partnerships have been built and users are engaged; Digital platform SP Gateway is available; Virtual South-South experience exchange implemented; Face-to-face South-South knowledge sharing supported.

- Knowledge sharing for Global Alliance on Social Protection (December 2015 - December 2016)
Donor: Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH, on behalf of the German Federal Ministry of Economic Development and Cooperation (BMZ)
Outputs: Maintenance, improvement, and further development of the unbranded Platform socialprotection.org; Technical assistance in content development, knowledge management, and learning formats of the socialprotection.org platform; and Management and coordination of the project.

- South-South Learning Formats on Social Protection (November 2016 - December 2018)
Donor: The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade of the Government of Australia (DFAT) / Social Protection Inter-Agency Cooperation Board (SPIAC-B)
Outputs: Project and Knowledge Management guaranteeing healthy growth of the socialprotection.org platform; Knowledge Sharing and Production on Social Protection prioritizing South-South Cooperation facilitated; and Technology and Web Development maintained on high-level standard.

- Knowledge sharing and learning formats on social protection systems (January 2017 - December 2017)
Donor: Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH, on behalf of the German Federal Ministry of Economic Development and Cooperation (BMZ)
Outputs: Technical assistance in content development, knowledge management, and learning formats; Improvement of the Virtual Campus of the unbranded platform socialprotection.org

- Cooperation “Global Alliances for Social Protection” and IPC-IG for supporting socialprotection.org (November 2017 - March 2018)
Donor: Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH, on behalf of the German Federal Ministry of Economic Development and Cooperation (BMZ)
Outputs: Maintenance, improvement, and further development of the unbranded Platform socialprotection.org; Technical assistance in content development, knowledge management, and learning formats of the Socialprotection.org platform; Disseminate of German Development Cooperation and GIZ social protection activities, including the Universal Social Protection Initiative 2030 supported by the SPIAC-B

- Global learning and knowledge-sharing on social protection (November 2018 - March 2021)
Donor: Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH, on behalf of the German Federal Ministry of Economic Development and Cooperation (BMZ)
Outputs: Maintenance, improvement, and further development of the unbranded platform socialprotection.org; Technical assistance in content development, knowledge management and learning formats of the socialprotection.org platform; Dissemination of German Development Cooperation and GIZ social protection activities, including the USP 2030 Initiative supported by the SPIAC-B; Make the outcomes of the “Social protection responses to COVID-19” joint initiative more accessible and widely disseminate the main outcomes of the Organize the Global e-Conference “Turning the COVID-19 crisis into an opportunity: What’s next for social protection?”

- Leveraging Impact on Social Protection - The socialprotection.org platform (April 2019 - June 2021)

Donor: The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade of the Government of Australia (DFAT), Social Protection Inter-Agency Cooperation Board (SPIAC-B)

Outputs: Guaranteed the technical maintenance, improvement, and further development of the socialprotection.org unbranded platform; Delivered services and products spanning knowledge exchange, content development, and learning formats; Prioritised a strategy to foster the platform´s influence and impact on innovation and policymaking. 

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E-learning projects

 

Ongoing projects: 

1. Localization and implementation of the virtual phase (online course) of the CDP for Eastern African countries (January 2020 - December 2021)

Donor: FAO Sub-regional Office for Eastern Africa (SFE)  

The goal of this project is to support a capacity development programme (CDP) for enhancing the use of prosperity analysis and planning by FAO and its partners (government, civil society, private sector, other agencies), geared to support specific country processes for achieving SDGs 1 and 2. 

This project's main output is to adapt the online course of the capacity development programme (CDP) on ‘Strengthening the use of Poverty Analysis to achieve SDGs 1 and 2’ and implement it in Eritrea, Ethiopia, and Uganda.

 

2. Hosting and Delivery of WFP course on Shock Responsive Social Protection in the Caribbean (April 2021 - June 2022)

Donor: World Food Programme (WFP)  

The main outcome of this project is for the socialprotection.org host, maintain, and provide technical support and delivery support through the implementation of the training programme. The course will be offered to government officials from countries of the Caribbean region and it is expected to present showcases experiences from Caribbean countries representing different types of emergency/crisis responses through social protection (e.g. hurricanes, floods, economic crisis, COVID-19, migration).

The project also aims to offer a forum for critical reflections, knowledge exchange, and peer-to-peer learning to foster innovative strategies on linking social protection and disaster risk management in the face of emerging and complex new challenges in the Caribbean.

 

Past projects: 

- The development of a capacity development programme (CDP) to FAO and its partners: poverty analysis and the SDGs 1 & 2 (December 2018 - March 2020)
Donor: Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO)
Outputs: Revision of the Capacity Development Materials hosted in the socialprotection.org platform virtual campus to adapt it to the SSA context (e.g. initial survey, videos, transcriptions, recommended readings, and support for the discussion forum, evaluation of virtual phase, and final exam at the completion of the virtual phase); Implementation of the virtual phase of the course; Technical backstopping during the face-to-face phase.

 

E-Learning Needs Assessment Review (December 2020 - July 2021)

Donors: MENASP Network, University of Bath 

Outputs: the main objective of this project was to conduct a needs assessment review in order to prepare for the development of an e-Learning course considering the following outputs: align the strategic goals and needs of the project with the learning objectives; ensure that learning design supports optimal job/on-the-field performance; enable the learning solution to address actual learning needs, and ensure that learning delivery can effectively meet the learners’ needs. 

 

- e-TRANSFORM, SRSP module, and translations (May 2018 – August 2021)

Donors: International Labour Organization (ILO), ILO—Lusaka Country Office, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), European Union Social Protection Systems Programme (EU-SPS), United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF), United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), UNDP Regional Office Centre for Africa.
OutputsThere are different projects related to TRANSFORM in partnership with the IPC-IG. The outputs depend on the project but, in general, the main ones were: the adaptation of the TRANSFORM face-to-face curriculum to the online version, the offerings of 7 runs of the TRANSFORM online course plus a blended run, the offering of the Shock Responsive module; the development and offering of the e-facilitators training; and the translation of the curriculum materials.
TRANSFORM

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