The GMSTEC Trust ran a Social Protection Learning Program Introductory Course at the Victoria University of Wellington/University of Economics HCM Campus, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam from 28 November – 9 December 2005. This course was part of the Asian Development Bank’s Phnom Penh Plan (PPP) for Development Management. A total of 17 government officials from each of the Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS) countries attended the Learning Program: Cambodia (4 participants); Thailand (5 participants); Lao PDR (1 participant); China (2 participants); Vietnam (2 participants); and, Myanmar (3 participants). The objective of the Program was to provide a wide range of policy makers with the basic knowledge and tools to understand social protection in their country’s context and to implement social protection programs, projects, and policies. The course was made up of six modules: social protection framework, early childhood development, labour markets, social security, old age pensions and identifying country priorities and developing country strategies for social protection. The course was delivered through a combination of teaching staff from ADB and GMSTEC.