Developing a Holistic Social

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INTEGRATION OF THE BRIDGE JAMAICA
PROGRAMME IN THE SOCIAL SAFETY NET

Developing a Holistic Social
Protection Strategy

The overall objective of PATH is to
provide the poorest populations with
targeted social safety net
programmes to enable them to break
the cycle of intergenerational poverty

PATH Objective

What is PATH


PATH is a programme of assistance to the lowest
quintile of poor families in Jamaica, which uses
conditional payments to improve attainments in
Health and Education Statistics


PATH is the replacement programme for three (3)
Social Assistance Programmes. Namely:


Old Age and Incapacity Programme


Food Stamp Programme


Outdoor Poor Relief Programme


PATH is a Government of Jamaica Programme with
partial financing from the World Bank and the IADB

What Does PATH Do?


Using a Beneficiary Identification System, identify
the poorest households in the society


Pool all identified poor households into a
Management Information System for cross sector
targeting


Provides Conditional Cash Transfers and other
benefits to PATH Households with conditions in
Health and Education

Objectives of the Bridge Jamaica Pilot


It aims to provide integral psychosocial support to 10
PATH families
over a two year period through the
use of state and private resources along with the
capabilities of the households to facilitate a
transformation from extreme poverty
.


To ensure that the families live with dignity through
benefits from existing social
programmes

and
amenities being delivered under the project.


Bridge Pillars


The Social Worker encourages and supports the
family in strengthening the seven categories of
“support pillars” of family life:

1.
personal
identification
,

2.
health
,

3.
education
,

4.
family dynamics

5.
housing conditions

6.
employment

7.
income
.


Social Protection Network of the Bridge


The Social Protection network currently consists of a range of
social services providers in Jamaica including:


Ministry of Labour and Social Security : Conditional Cash Transfers
(CCT), grants, skills development


HEART/NTA


skills training, certification


Registrar’s General Department
-

civil registration documents, civil
ceremonies


Bureau of Women’s Affairs
-

capacity building,
counselling


Jamaica Foundation for Lifelong Learning (JFLL)


remedial education


Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management (ODPEM)


disaster management


Jamaica Business Development Corporation (JBDC)


small business
management


Ministry of Health


primary health care


Victims Support Unit
-

counseling


Child and Adolescent Mental Health Clinic


counselling
,

Beneficiaries

Community

# of Family

Total # of beneficiaries

Passmore

Town

3

15

Tawes

Meadows

2

15

Knollis

1

7

Jones Town

2

10

Craig Town

2

21

TOTAL

10

68

Achievement to Date


Beneficiaries


a total of 10 families (70 beneficiaries) are
currently on the programme.



100% of retention of families on the programme since
inception of programme in September 2009.



100% of families are on target to complete the
programme by December 2011.



100% of families are compliant with the terms and
conditions of the government’s social safety net
programme PATH
.


Achievement to Date Cont’d


Increased institutional collaboration to fight poverty


The Social
Protection Network has been formed and now consists of over 10 social
services providers. This collaboration allows for integration of the
resources in an effort to improve the quality of life for the 10 families.


Collective efficacy of participants
-

participants have demonstrated
increased efficacy to deal with the risks such as illness, accidents and
unemployment.


Building social capital across families


opportunities such as workshops
and field visits have supported the building of networks across families


Extension of programme to rural communities


the success of the initial 2

year pilot has resulted in the incorporation of the programme into the
Jamaica Community Investment Programme (JCIP) which is funded by the
Caribbean Development Bank


Development of culturally relevant Bridge Jamaica Material and Family
tools and products based on the Chile Puente Programme.


Cultural Applications


Making the Programme
Jamaican

1.
Examining the Pillars

2.
Examining the Minimum Standards

3.
Reshaping the SPN

4.
Making the tools culturally appropriate


Game
Board

5.
Infusing best practices from the Jamaica Social
Intervention Experience


Teen Clubs (behaviour
modification interventions)

Using the Bridge Jamaica Game Board

Bridge Game Board

CHALLENGES


Limited human, financial, institutional resources of
partners constrains the provision of services to
beneficiaries


Helping participants to develop a culture of
responsibility for their own success


Values and expectations promoted by project sometimes
conflict with that of participants


De
-
territorialisation

/ competition with the different
social service providers


Breaking the cycle of inter
-
generational poverty


Building overall capacity of families for self
-
reliance
versus dependency on government safety net provisions


Lessons Learnt


Programme success depends on the institutional
coordination


The Family Contracts are crucial to ensure that each
families takes ownership of the project results


Psycho
-
social support ensures that the intervention
remains relevant to the needs of each family


Information sharing across agencies is essential for
comprehensive case management of beneficiaries
and long term
follow
-
up

Way Forward


Financing identified through the Caribbean
Development Bank for the expansion of the Pilot to
rural communities based on the dynamics between
rural and urban poverty.


30 rural families were earmarked however based on the
experience with the urban families this number will have to be
reviewed.


Consultant hired to assess the effectiveness of the
intervention on the existing urban families


Examination of the expansion of the number of
pillars to 8. The 8
th

being Social Capital (Bonding
Capital)