Current state of social protection legislation in Barbados and the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States from a human rights perspective

This document was produced as FAO’s contribution to the UN Joint Programme Enhancing Equity: Ensuring a Social Protection Floor for Poor and Disadvantaged Women, Men, Girls and Boys in Barbados and the OECS, 2013–2015 (UNDAF, 2013), outcome 2, National child and gender responsive social protection legal and policy framework for Barbados and the OECS improved, item D.3.4 Develop sub-regional model social protection law. The primary goal of this document is to perform a comparative analysis, from a human rights perspective, of the current state of legislation and programs related to social protection in Barbados and the Member States of the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS).1 Consideration must be given to the need for revision and updating of legislation and the future preparation of a social protection model law for this sub-region. The scope of the study is non-contributory social protection and income transfers in cash or in kind, that provide a minimum income and livelihood security for poor and vulnerable populations. This includes children, older persons, people with disabilities, and people of active age with insufficient income.