Jost Wagner supported the First ISPA Training in Asia

The first Regional Face to Face Training event in Yogyakarta, Indonesia took place from March 12th to March 16th. Joined by global experts in the field participants from the host country Indonesia, as well as from Bangladesh, Cambodia, India, Mongolia, Nepal, Pakistan, the Philippines, Sri Lanka, Timor-Leste, and Vietnam shared and learned for 4 1/2 days on the ISPA tools.

Asian and Pacific countries have committed to improve and scale-up their social protection systems and programs as endorsed by the ASEAN Declaration on Strengthening Social Protection and the Sustainable Development Goals. In recent years, many countries have made impressive efforts to reform their social protection systems. Several countries have introduced remarkable innovations in the past two decades and social protection delivery systems has also received significant investment across the region, facilitated by innovative use of technology in areas such as biometric identification and beneficiary verification, direct benefit transfers and mobile banking.

With improvements and scale-up, there are also new challenges both in terms of policy design and in strengthening delivery systems to achieve better outcomes. Here, the ISPA tool framework can support in analyzing the strengths and weaknesses of social protection systems in the region.

The training was co-designed and co-facilitated by our managing director Mr. Jost Wagner. Key organizers were the World Bank and International Labour Organization (ILO).  Further info at