This is the official document describing the Joint Programme that contributes to the development of an adaptive1 and universal social protection system in Saint Lucia and Barbados through integrated policy development, programme design and service implementation. The Joint Programme takes an innovative approach to modelling and piloting at community, national and sub-regional levels, which will complement national plans and leverage resources from existing policy loans from international financial institutions.

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Far from a distant threat, climate change is already a crisis, contributing to extreme weather events and more frequent and intense disasters, resulting in death and mass destruction, driving families from their homes, and impacting food security and livelihoods. The climate crisis is a humanitarian crisis, and the cost of inaction is shocking. Only a massive boost in collective climate mitigation and climate adaptation measures can alleviate the current and future humanitarian consequences.

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This think piece was produced by the World Food Programme in collaboration with Oxford Policy Management and sets out a vision of how social protection can support households facing climate change in Latin America and the Caribbean. It shows how climate change presents distinctive challenges to social protection programming, often differing from those of other disasters and shocks. The paper sets out ten principles for social protection designers to consider in the context of climate change.

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The mainstreaming of climate change adaptation and disaster risk reduction in social protection

The Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (MGNREGS) is India’s flagship social protection programme. This paper is part of a series of studies that analyse how MGNREGS builds and strengthens the resilience of rural households to different climate shocks. The series identifies options for Indian policymakers to integrate climate risk management into MGNREGS.

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Adaptive and Shock Responsive Social Protection in the Caribbean: Putting People at the Centre of Resilience and Response

Due to its geographic location, the Philippines is vulnerable to disasters, such as tropical cyclones and storm surges. As such, the adoption of an adaptive social protection (ASP), which intersects social protection (SP), climate change adaptation, and disaster risk reduction, is necessary to ensure the success of SP and poverty reduction efforts in the country. This Policy Note investigates the concept of ASP and recommends applicable measures to make the existing SP programs in the Philippines become more adaptive.

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