Shock-Responsive Social Protection in the Caribbean (Synthesis Report)

World Food Programme and Oxford Policy Management have joined forces to implement the regional research programme on Shock-Responsive Social Protection in the Caribbean. The research fills a critical knowledge gap on the topic in the region. It reveals an abundant landscape of experiences and best practices driven by resourcefulness and creativity to better assist people impacted by shocks. It demonstrates that even nascent social protection programmes and systems can be successfully leveraged to safeguard people’s lives and livelihoods when crises hit. It also highlights increasing investments and efforts to ensure social protection can deliver its core functions and be better placed to respond to large-scale shocks as part of broader response measures. The research includes six case studies conducted in Belize, Dominica, Guyana, Jamaica, Saint Lucia and Trinidad and Tobago, two case studies focused on COVID-19 responses in Aruba and Sint Maarten, a regional literature review of social protection and disaster risk management systems, this comprehensive synthesis report.