Shock-Responsive Social Protection in the Caribbean - Sint Maarten Case Study

This case study examines experiences with shock-responsive social protection in Sint Maarten, identifying lessons and opportunities going forward. Hurricane Irma in 2017, and more recently the COVID-19 crisis, have highlighted the country’s vulnerability to natural hazards and global economic disruptions, while demonstrating the importance of social protection in mitigating the effects of such shocks. Given the country’s limited financial resources, high dependence on tourism and significant levels of vulnerability, investing in social protection to cope with future shocks and build resilience could bring long-term gains.