Launch of TRANSFORM Social Protection learning package in Tanzania

The Leadership and Transformation Curriculum on Building and Managing Social Protection Floors in Africa was rolled out on 27 March 2017 at the ILO Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.

Press release | Dar es Salaam | 05 April 2017
DAR ES SALAAM (ILO News) - The ILO in collaboration with UNICEF, UNDP and the Government of Tanzania organized a workshop for launching the Leadership and Transformation Curriculum on Building and Managing Social Protection Floors in Africa.

The eight days event has been made possilbe through the Irish Aid and EU Social Protection Systems (EU-SPS) support.

The TRANSFORM learning package originated from the ILO-led project “Building National Floors of Social Protection in Southern Africa”. The project included practical assistance to countries in the region with specific economic feasibility studies, legal expertise, support to national dialogue processes and advice on the governance and administrative aspects of implementing national social protection floors, reflecting the principles of ILO Recommendation R.202 (2012) on National Floors of Social Protection.

Participants were able to gain insight to knowledge through self-discovery that puts emphasis on learning content and gaining insights through self-discovery and self-empowerment rather than “information downloading”.

The Dar es Salaam training focused on an interactive workshop which included exercises such as myth busters and scenario analysis designed to make the participants discover and make use of the knowledge resources they already carry within themselves, as well as see fellow course participants as knowledge resources.

“I can see it has built confidence amongst us”, stated Mrs Fatma Ally, an experienced civil servant worker for almost 20 years in the Government of Zanzibar.

Mr. Jordan Charles Matonya, an Economist at the Planning Commission of the Ministry of Finance and Planning, echoed the same positive message. “I have gotten a much clearer picture on how Social Protection is linked to finance and I will be able to better advise on these issues at work”, he said.

Following a curriculum review based on feedback from the course participants and observers in Tanzania, a series of TRANSFORM events are planned to take place in other countries in the region and will include a Regional Training of Trainers workshop. In addition, the TRANSFORM learning package is currently being adapted for online use and will be turned into an e-course for an even broader reach.