This week’s webinar hosted by socialprotection.org on July 13th was part two in the ISPA Tools webinar series which delved into the application of CODI in Belize. Organised by the Inter Agency Social Protection Assessments Coordination Team, it was moderated by Almudena Fernandez, a Policy Specialist from the UNDP while the two panelists included Ilija Talev, a Social Policy Specialist from UNICEF and Thomas Otter, Director at the ECI.
After introductions by Almudena, Ilija began the webinar by discussing the need for a Social Protection mapping project in Belize. He pointed out that the conditions and the country’s situation were ripe for the application of the CODI Tool. The timeliness of this mapping project suited the necessity for it, as the country was widely poverty-stricken with a large part of the population having insufficient access to food and sanitation. To compound this, the delivery of social services was highly fragmented. In addition, there was a large buy-in from the government, a national strategic framework within which to place the mapping project, as well as commitment from the ministry of Finance and Economic Development which was vital for a successful mapping to take place.
Thomas Otter then steered the discussion to centre on the actual application of the CODI Tool in Belize. He began by explaining that the purpose of the exercise was essentially to strengthen the national social protection system currently in place so that the national government could respond better to the needs of its people. It would also function to fill in the existing information gaps and provide guidance to complement key policy reforms that could be implemented which would effectively address multiple vulnerabilities within the population. He then went on to discuss some of the specifics of the programme design and the implementation of the CODI Tool. Existing programmes were mapped and grouped broadly as either a transfer scheme or a service delivery. They were then assessed per an existing set of CODI criteria.
Moving on to a discussion about the conclusions and recommendations, Thomas presented the main findings including some of the strengths and weaknesses of the project, some operational aspects of the CODI implementation, the main outcomes and some of the challenges faced in Belize. Before closing the discussion, the presenters answered a few questions regarding the selection process, the Belizean government buy-in and involvement in the project, some coordination challenges between the different sectors and why it was decided that CODI would be used as the tool for the readjustment of social protection policies in this context.
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