This week, 68 government policy-makers and officials, representatives from bilateral and multilateral agencies, programme practitioners and staff members from non-governmental organizations have come together in Chiang Mai to participate in the two-week course “Designing and Implementing Social Transfer Programmes”. The participants have come from 15 countries in Asia and Africa.

The course is run by the Economic Policy Research Institute (EPRI) and HelpAge International, together with the Maastricht Graduate School of Governance and the Institute of Development Studies (IDS).

Participants will gain in-depth understanding of the conceptual and practical issues involved in the development of social transfer programmes, and will acquire tools required for the appropriate identification and successful design, implementation and evaluation of these programmes.

As well as the academic side to the week, it is a fabulous opportunity for social protection professionals from around the world to meet, network and share experiences.