CASTRIES, St. Lucia, Sept 15, CMC – A World Bank team has arrived here on a four-day visit updating the St. Lucian authorities on the progress being made towards the island’s social safety net reform project.
A government statement said that the World Bank representatives will join officials the United Nations and UNICEF for a joint donor coordination meeting on Wednesday.
“The objectives of the mission …are to bring all stakeholders up to date regarding the progress made towards St. Lucia’s Social Safety Net Reform, and to chart the way forward by highlighting the next steps for the project,” the government statement said.
It said that in 2009, St. lucia undertook a Social Safety Net Assessment (SSNA) that evaluated the existing social safety net programmes to “determine whether they were indeed protecting the poorest and most vulnerable from multiple risk factors.
“The assessment confirmed that these social interventions and agencies suffer from a number of constraints and challenges in protecting the poor and vulnerable.”
The statement said that the Social Safety Net Reform consists of two phases with the first phase focusing on the consolidation and strengthening of the social safety net programmes and the development of mechanics for improved efficiency and effectiveness, while the second phase will focus on wider reforms for establishing a coherent and integrated social protection system, including social security.