The Ministry of Community Development, Culture and Gender Affairs (MOCDCGA) is the focal point for poverty reduction measures implemented by the Government of St. Kitts and Nevis. Its mission statement is to promote a high quality human services programme designed to facilitate and encourage self-reliance, full participation in national development, child rights, family wellness, the enrichment and enjoyment of senior citizens and gender mainstreaming.
The Inter-Ministerial Committee for Social Protection is a Federal Cabinet established body made up of key stakeholder Ministries and Departments that are critical to the full implementation and sustainability of the actions outlined in the National Social Protection Strategy. Specifically, their function is to monitor and evaluate the implementation of the Plan of Action and Monitoring and Evaluation Framework of the National Social Protection Strategy.
The National Implementation Team for the M.E.N.D. Families SKN Programme is charged with management and monitoring and evaluation of the Programme for three (3) years, 2013 – 2016. The duties of the Team are as follows:
- The Team will offer input and guidance towards the implementation of the M.E.N.D. Families SKN Programme.
- The Team shall act as the middle management and implementation committee for the M.E.N.D. Families SKN Programme.
The Department of Social Services and Community Development under the purview of the Ministry of Community Development, Culture and Gender Affairs is the implementing and coordinating agency for the strategies and actions of the National Social Protection Strategy and its Plan of Action.
As such, the Department will be the focal point for the implementation of the M.E.N.D. Families SKN Programme. This includes the operationalization of all of the procedures and processes involved in the both the piloting and scale up process.
In March of 2012, the Federal Government approved the National Social Protection Strategy. This document along with the National Poverty Reduction Strategy stands as the guiding documents for poverty reduction in the Federation.
One of the actions of the National Social Protection Strategy is the review of the Social Development Assistance Act, the guiding legislative framework for social safety net programs in the Federation.
Technical Assistance for the creation and implementation of the M.E.N.D. Families SKN Programme was provided by the Organization of American States, UNICEF, UN Women, World Bank, the Government of Jamaica through the PATH Program and the Government of St. Lucia, through the Social Investment Fund.