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Introduction to Social Safety Nets

The course provides an overview of Social Safety Net programmes and systems and how they are used and customized according to different contexts. It also introduces the key processes for designing and implementing Social Safety Net programmes.

This course includes a final assessment test. Successful completion of the test will allow you to print a certificate of completion.


The target audience of the e-learning course includes:

  • Mid-level managers, technical staff, field personnel who are involved in the collection, management, analysis, and reporting of food security information.
  • Planners, policy formulators and programme managers who are involved in monitoring progress in poverty reduction, and meeting food security goals and targets.


The course consists of 6 lessons, ranging from approximately 30 to 60 minutes duration each, grouped into 2 units:

Unit 1 What are Social Safety Nets

  • Lesson 1.1 Overview
  • Lesson 1.2 Safety Nets in different contexts
  • Lesson 1.3 Common interventions and approaches

Unit 2 Designing and implementing Social Safety Nets

  • Lesson 2.1 Key programme design processes
  • Lesson 2.2 Key programme implementation processes
  • Lesson 2.3 Cross-cutting aspects

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