Latin America and the Caribbean


Integrated Policy

Modernizing the Social Protection System in Jamaica

The programme will lead to the strengthening of Jamaica’s social protection system, enabling it to be shock- and gender- responsive, accelerating efforts towards ending poverty, reducing people's and communities’ exposure and vulnerability to risks. The programme is built on the recognition of the multiple hazards that citizens are exposed to, enhancing their capacity to manage economic and social risks, as well as environmental and other natural hazard risks. The programme will focus on key activities including piloting more efficient, effective and safe payment processes within Jamaica’s social protection system, in particular those that emphasize accessibility.


The programme will strengthen institutional capacity for evidence-based emergency expansion of social protection programmes, based on tailored protocols and fast identification of people facing acute/socio-economic and environmental impacts. The programme will attempt to accelerate the scaling-up of a social registry to support increased coverage and coordination for key vulnerable groups. The programme will undertake gender-gap analyses of the policy and legislative social protection frameworks to ensure responsiveness of the systems to the needs of men and women, aiming at narrowing inequalities.

Quick facts

Allocated by Joint SDG Fund:
US $ 716,365

US $ 438,100

Total budget:
US $1,154,100

Total Funding:
US $1,154,465

UN Agencies:


National Partners:

Ministry of Labour and Social Security; Planning Institute of Jamaica; Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development

January, 2022 to December, 2023 (24 months)