Cooperation in social protection: Jamaica and St. Kitts & Nevis
The promotion of cooperation among member states for the purpose of knowledge sharing and technical assistance for capacity building is at the core of the Inter-American Social Protection Network (IASPN). During the week of June 18-22, the IASPN facilitated a study tour between Jamaica and St. Kitts & Nevis with the Ministry of Labor and Social Security of Jamaica as host.
A very comprehensive study program was prepared by Jamaica, showcasing the many distinct but integrated programs and projects, which make up the Social Protection System. Among the highlights of the tour was the opportunity to gain an in-depth understanding of the Program of Advancement Through Health and Education (PATH). PATH, which has been in operation for about 10 years, is a conditional cash transfer program, targeting the most vulnerable groups in Jamaica. The team from St. Kitts & Nevis was particularly interested in understanding the operations of the Management Information System (MIS) which facilitates the electronic management of the PATH program, with a view towards re-developing their MIS for Social Protection. The 5- day study tour also covered the Jamaica’s Steps to Work program, the Inner City Basic Services Program (ICBSP), the BRIDGE Jamaica project among others.
St. Kitts & Nevis will incorporate some of the lessons learned into its MEND SKN (Mold, Empower, Nurture and Direct Families in St. Kitts and Nevis) program. The IASPN will continue to monitor implementation progress with St. Kitts & Nevis and provide technical assistance where necessary.