Limited social protection, lack of protections for informal sector workers, lack of coherent and gender-responsive labour market programming, and limited forward-looking social protection associated with climate change are hampering the resilience of the Caribbean communities. This programme focuses on the need to reduce vulnerabilities of households through the enhancement of social protection mechanisms able to effectively prevent, withstand and respond to climate and economic-related risks and crises. It also seeks to support access of workers in the informal economy (particularly young workers) to a package of incentives for social security coverage and supports the transition to formal employment. The programme will also empower youth to access entrepreneurship and skills development opportunities relevant to a just transition.
The programme takes an approach to expanding and systematizing innovations that were successfully piloted during emergencies and testing new ideas (eg. youth innovation lab, financing), based on lessons learned and policy accelerators. The programme will provide policy support and utilise research, analysis, monitoring and evaluation to support evidence-based programming, while leveraging new technologies and supporting the digitization of data systems. The programme connects mutually reinforcing interventions, encouraging for example the access of socially excluded households to pilot programmes that integrate social protection and skills development in order to reduce vulnerabilities and create opportunities for socio-economic inclusion
UNICEF, ILO, UNESCO, WFP
Anguilla: Ministry of Home Affairs, Immigration, Labour, Information, Broadcasting and Physical Planning; Ministry of Education; Ministry of Social Development, Education, and Library; Social Security Board of Anguilla; Department of Youth and Culture; Training Centres
British Virgin Islands: Ministry of Natural Resources, Labour, and Immigration; Premier’s Office; Ministry of Finance; Ministry of Health and Social Development; Ministry for Education, Culture, Youth Affairs, Sports, Agriculture, and Fisheries; Social Security Board; Training Centres
Grenada: Ministry of Labour; Ministry of Agriculture; Ministry of Education and Human Resource; Ministry of Social Development; Ministry of National Security, Public Administration, Youth Development, Home Affairs, ICT and Disaster Management; National Training Agency, National Commission for UNESCO, National Insurance Scheme, Training Centres
St. Kitts and Nevis: Ministry of Social Development and Gender Affairs; Ministry of Youth Empowerment; Department of Social Services; Nevis Island Administration