Exchanging Experiences, Expanding Opportunities

Second Caribbean Conference on Horizontal Cooperation in Social Protection

Wednesday, January 19, 2011 - 08:00 to Thursday, January 20, 2011 - 17:00

The Conference was organized by the Organization of American States (OAS) and the Ministry of Social Care, Constituency Empowerment, and Community Development of Barbados with the primary aim of affording an opportunity to showcase experiences in horizontal cooperation in social protection of countries participating in the meeting.The forum was held to present experiences of South-South cooperation, such as the Puente in the Caribbean Program, coordinated by the OAS; and, in the framework of the Inter-American Social Protection Network (IASPN), it sought to provide a  forum for exchange on the main challenges and outcomes of international cooperation in this area. Additionally, opportunities were explored for future cooperation initiatives in the region. The Conference brought together 12 Member States of CARICOM, as well as representatives of the Governments of Chile, Colombia, and Mexico.The Government of United States was represented by officials of the Department of State and the U.S. Embassy in Barbados. Also participating in the Conference were representatives of United Nations agencies (UNICEF, UNDP), the World Bank, and other multilateral organizations and regional and international cooperation agencies such as the European Union, IICA, OAS, OECS, PAHO, and academic institutions. Participating in the Conference as >observers were permanent representatives of the Embassy of the People’s Republic of China in Barbados.



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Conference documents from the Caribbean Conference on Horizontal Cooperation in Social Protection

Wednesday, January 19, 2011 - 08:00 to Thursday, January 20, 2011

St. Michael, Barbados

Final Report from the Caribbean Conference on Horizontal Cooperation in Social Protection, in Barbados, 2011.

Francisco Pilotti, Director, Department of Social Development and Employment, OAS

Dr. Corin Bailey, Sir Arthur Lewis Institute of Social and Economic Studies, UWI, Cave Hill Barbados.

Rachel Nadleman, Social Protection Specialist, The World Bank

Judith Alpuche, Chief Executive Officer, Ministry of Human Development and Social Transformation, Belize.

Inshan Mohamed, National Director, Targeted Conditional Cash Transfer Programme, Ministry of the People and Social Development

Patricia Watts, Chief Welfare Officer (ag), Ministry of Social Care, Constituency Empowerment and Community Development, Barbados

Patricia Diaz, Deputy Director for Program Management, Solidarity and Social Investment Fund (FOSIS)

José Cisterna, Puente Program, Chile

Claudio Ferrada, Puente Program, Chile

Paola Barros, Puente Program, Chile

James Riccio, Director Low-Wage Workers and Communities Policy Area, MDRC, New York

Koen Rossel-Cambier, Social Development Attaché, EU Delegation for Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean

Alexandra Barrantes, Social Development Specialist, Coordinator of IASPN, Department of Social Development and Employment, OAS

Fernando Sánchez Prada, National Coordinator of the Institutional Strengthening for the Family in Action Program, Presidential Agency for the Social Action and International Cooperation, Social Action.

Blanca Lilia García, Director International Coordination, Secretariat for Social Development, SEDESOL

Agenda from the January 19-20, 2011 "Caribbean Conference on Horizontal Cooperation in Social Protection, which took place in Barbados.