General overview on learning activities concerning Social Security.
The Universal Declaration of Human Rights recognises every person’s right to social security, and there is a general consensus about the benefits that good social security coverage can provide. Yet, surprisingly, global estimates show that only one in five people have adequate social security coverage.
Countries around the world are engaged in debate over how they can best adapt their social security schemes to meet the needs of ageing populations, and the demands of globalization and changes in economic and employment conditions.
The ILO believes that there is no single right model of social security and that each country should devise its own model in accordance with its social and cultural values, history, institutional framework and level of economic development. Although the ILO praises diversity of means, it recommends that all systems respect basic principles and aim at reaching the minimum standards set by ILO Conventions. To build sustainable, affordable and effective social security schemes, policy-makers, administrators and social partners involved in social protection systems should frequently observe to international best practice and standards, access the latest information and acquire relevant technical skills.
To enhance the capacity of governments, employers' organizations, workers' organizations and other social and economic stakeholders to play an effective role in the design, management and governance of social security schemes, the ILO’s International Training Centre (ITC-ILO) organises several open courses on social security in English, French, Spanish and Arabic in addition to tailor-made activities which are also held in other languages on request.
We prepare our training courses in close collaboration with the Social Security Department of the ILO (SECSOC) and the International Social Security Association (ISSA). Several workshops include study visits to selected European social security institutions.
Social security learning activities cover the following topics:
Training activities on Pension Schemes aim at:
- advancing knowledge on recent policy developments and reforms with the aim of enhancing governance of pension policy;
- improving the skills of pension planners and managers in the design, administration and financing of pension schemes;
- developing an international perspective on pension issues through comparative analysis and sharing experiences of other schemes.
Courses on Social Security Financing have the following aims:
- to enhance knowledge of the techniques and methods used for establishing financially sustainable social security schemes;
- to understand the challenges posed by the ongoing financial and economic crisis for social security schemes;
- to increase the ability to develop projection models and process demographic and financial projections.
The aim of learning activities on Social Health Insurance is threefold:
- to enhance the capacity of planners and managers to design, implement and manage a social health insurance scheme;
- to increase the understanding of the financial aspects of a health insurance and its links with the national health care system;
- to develop an international perspective on social health insurance through comparative analysis and knowledge sharing.
Courses concerning Governance of Social Security Schemes aim at:
- advancing knowledge on the governance structure, functions and responsibilities;
- determining the relationships between the macroeconomic, social, political and social security systems, with special emphasis on the dimension of informality and social exclusion;
- establishing criteria for effective performance of social protection schemes.