São Tomé and Príncipe

Integrated Policy

Reaching the Furthest Behind First: A Catalytic Approach to Supporting the Social Protection in Sao Tome & Principe

The programme brief description

This Joint Programme (JP) will support the Ministry of Labor, Solidarity, Family and Professional qualification (MLSFPQ) to fully implement the Social Registry (SR) – including the draft of a legal framework and the revision of questionnaire and registration approach - to enable its use by several targeted social programmes. It will build on the current support given by the World Bank to the MLSFQ to update the cash transfer beneficiary database, but it will go beyond it with a view to ensuring the interoperability of the SR with different monitoring information systems of social programmes. The main objective of the JP is to accelerate some key SDG targets by fostering cross-sectoral synergies through cross-sectoral coordination while expanding social protection coverage via the Vulnerable Family Programme and social pensions. 


The Joint Programme will implement social sector interventions that include 1) parental education; 2) youth engagement in the social sector; 3) access to a health services package, including essential preventive and curative health and nutrition care jointly with case management and monitoring that will be made available to beneficiaries listed in the social registry. Monitoring and case management will be possible thanks to the interoperability of the Social Registry and the DHIS2 with an individual tracker module.

Target groups

Women, children, girls, youth, persons with disabilities, older persons, families living in extreme poverty.


Quick facts

Total budget:
US $ 2,394,799

UN Agencies:


National Partners:

Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs; Ministry of Health; Ministry of Youth; Ministry of Education; INE, National Statistics Institute; National Social Protection Council

January 1, 2020 to May 31, 2022 (29 months)

Financial Information