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Latin America & Caribbean
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DM
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DMA
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Americas
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Commonwealth of Dominica

The Dominica Social Security announced last Tuesday that it has formally met requirements for and ratified the international standards for operation of the social security.

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The Commonwealth of Dominica is a small island country in the eastern Caribbean, with a population of around 71,000 people according to the census 2011, although estimates following Hurricane Maria suggest out-migration has reduced this figure considerably. It is highly exposed to natural disasters, primarily tropical storms and hurricanes, but also floods, volcanoes and landslides, among other shocks (Government of Dominica, 2014 and ACAPS, 2017).

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There is broad-based agreement today that universal social protection systems are a desirable goal. For gender equality advocates, it is paramount to take advantage of this momentum to ensure that such systems benefit women by responding to their rights and needs.

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A year ago, hurricanes Irma and Maria wreaked havoc in the Caribbean, making small nations like Dominica lose more than 200% of its annual GDP in a matter of hours. Today, many countries are still rebuilding. With the threats of climate change – which increases the number and strength of extreme weather events – and another hurricane season already underway, these countries are undertaking a number of efforts. 

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Los directores regionales del UNICEF y el Programa Mundial de Alimentos (WFP) para América Latina y el Caribe firmaron hoy un acuerdo para apoyar a los gobiernos de la región a estar mejor preparados y equipados para utilizar los programas de transferencias monetarias para asistir a la población durante las emergencias.

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The World Bank’s Board of Executive Directors approved today two emergency support operations totaling US$65 million for restoring agriculture livelihoods, strengthening resilience, and rebuilding houses destroyed by Hurricane Maria. This represents the World Bank’s highest ever financing for Dominica and is part of a larger US$115 million package of support. that includes financing of US$65 million in concessional terms and US$50 million in grant financing from the International Development Association's (IDA) Crisis Response Window*.

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An Emergency Cash Transfer that will target about 25,000 most vulnerable people affected by the passage of Hurricane Maria was announced on Monday morning.

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n Emergency Cash Transfer that will target about 25,000 most vulnerable people affected by the passage of Hurricane Maria was announced on Monday morning.

Payments under the program are expected to begin on Monday.

The initiative is being done by the government of Dominica in collaboration with the World Food Program and the United Nations Children Fund (UNICEF).

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In the aftermath of mega-storms Maria and Irma that swept through the Caribbean just two months ago, UNDP has been providing critical support for relief efforts and is now rolling out a suite of interventions to support the gradual transition from relief to recovery and rebuilding.

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This paper summarizes the findings of the UNRISD–Commonwealth Secretariat research project on Social Policy in Small States. The findings are based on the in-depth country studies of several small states and of the cross-cutting issues that they face. It looked at small states in the Caribbean region (Barbados, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Jamaica, and Trinidad and Tobago), in the Pacific region (Fiji, Samoa, Solomon Islands and Vanuatu), the Indian Ocean (Mauritius and Seychelles) and the Mediterranean region (Malta).

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