Universal Adaptive Social Protection in the Eastern Caribbean - SDG Fund Joint Programme


This Joint Programme contributes to the development of an adaptive and universal social protection system in Barbados and Saint Lucia  through integrated policy development, programme design and service implementation. The Joint Programme takes an innovative approach to modelling and piloting at community, national and sub-regional levels, which will complement national plans and leverage resources from existing policy loans from international financial institutions.

The programme will utilize research, analysis, monitoring and evaluation to support the evidence-based development of an adaptive system towards progressive universal coverage of social protection, while facilitating replication and expansion to Eastern Caribbean Countries (ECC) through South-South exchange under the OECS framework. This will also include strengthening the OECS Commission to support scale-up and sustainability of interventions and implementation across the ECC.

UNDP as a Participating UN Agency (PUNO) will contribute five activities under two outputs in the joint programme for Barbados and Saint Lucia related to strenthening institutional capacities for integrated service delivery and supporting innovative finance for sustainable and adaptive social protection systems and programmes.



Output 1
Institutional capacities are strengthened for integrated service delivery through the development of evidence-based, gender-responsive social and disaster risk management policy and legislation.

UNDP led activities:

  1. Support the adaptation of the Core Diagnostic Instrument (CODI) to include attention to the linkages between the current social protection system and the disaster risk management infrastructure and undertake a gap analysis of the same. The gap analysis will include attention to sector specific linkages and needs paying attention to the most vulnerable sectors related to both climate and economic shocks (Barbados)
  2. Gender-responsive Assessment of the impact of COVID-19 on the existing social protection systems/ programmes, and support estimations of longer-term needs as a result (Barbados)
  3. Gender responsive and multi-dimensional socio-economic and climate-based vulnerability analysis of the Survey of Living Conditions – Household Budgets 2016 (SLC-HB 2016) to inform recommendations for policy and legislative reform, as well as relevant protocols and guidelines for integrated systems development for adaptive social protection (Saint Lucia)
  4. Gender-responsive assessment of the socio-economic impact of COVID-19 on vulnerable groups in communities most affected (Saint Lucia)

Output 2
Innovative financing strategies are introduced to ensure fiscal sustainability for minimum expanded coverage.

UNDP led activity:

  1. Assess gender-responsive sustainable financing options for adaptive social protection with a focus on linking the current system to relevant disaster risk management infrastructure. The assessment will focus on ways to improve the efficiency of existing systems and will identify a suite of options to improve the coverage of existing systems. More critically, the assessment will examine a range of financing modalities, considering the fiscal and monetary context of Barbados, and provide costed recommendations for expanding the system both vertically and horizontally to include building economic resilience and reducing long-term disaster risks); implementation of agreed recommendations for prioritized interventions of the government.

Output 3
Implementation of national social protection programmes is strengthened with improved management and operational tools.

Output 4
Targeted communities benefit from realignment of social protection programmes designed to strengthen their ability to anticipate, absorb and recover from climate-related shocks and stresses.

Output 5
Regional capacities are strengthened for adaptive social protection by engaging stakeholders for policy coherence and South-South Cooperation.



Project start date:

January 2020

Estimated end date:

December 2022

Focus area:

  • eradicate poverty in all its forms and dimensions
  • Project office:

    UNDP in Barbados

    Implementing partner:

    United Nations Development Programme

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    Funding Support by

    Donor name

  • Mptfo - Joint Sdg Fund (previously Known As The Joint Fund For The 2030 Agenda)
  • Amount contributed


    Delivery in previous fiscal year

    2021 $172,808

    2020 $54,748

    2019 $0

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