Resilient Caribbean Joint Programme

Engaging and training youth and strengthening integrated social protection sector delivery

This two-year Joint Programme, seeks to respond to current challenges facing Caribbean Small Island Developing States (SIDS), including limited contributory social protection coverage, limited access for many workers in the informal sector, and a need for coherent and gender-responsive labour market programming.

Through enhancing access to social protection, the Joint Programme will reduce the vulnerabilities of households and increase their capacity to respond to climate-related risks; increase the social safety net for workers in the informal economy, particularly young workers; and support the transition to formal employment by empowering youth to enter the labour market through entrepreneurship and skills development pathways.

Programme objectives

  • Reduce vulnerabilities of households through the enhancement of social protection mechanisms (both contributory and non-contributory) so they are increasingly able to effectively prevent, withstand and respond to climatic, public health and economic-related risks and crises;
  • Support access of workers in the informal economy (particularly young workers) to a package of incentives that facilitates access to social security coverage and supports the transition to formal employment;
  • Empower youth to enter the labour market though access to entrepreneurship and skills development relevant to a just transition.

Beneficiary countries

  • Anguilla
  • British Virgin Islands
  • Grenada
  • Saint Kitts and Nevis
  • The Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) through the OECS Commission

Participating agencies

Led by the UN Resident Coordinator's Office for Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean, the Joint Programme is being implemented by four UN agencies: ILO, UNICEF, UNESCO and WFP.