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Henry-Lee, Aldrie
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Sir Arthur Lewis Institute of Social and Economic Studies
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Implications for Social Service Delivery in a Weak Social Policy Environment
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Regional Conference on A New Perspective on Poverty in the Caribbean: A Qualitative Approach
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June 5-6, 2004
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Accra Beach Hotel. Barbados
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http:; www.caribank.org/SERU.nsf/leepres/$File/AldriesBarbadospaper.pdf?OpenElement
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Abstract
During the recent decades, the Caribbean region has experienced significant social gains. Improved life expectancy, reductions in infant and maternal mortality, control of infectious diseases and improved level of access to education are some of our significant achievements. However, neo-liberal globalization presents several challenges to small vulnerable economies. With a few exceptions, there has been a rise in income inequality and vulnerability. The growing exposure to global economic forces, requires “strong shock absorbers” and the development of resilient national social policy environments. There have been some efforts to shift from residualism to targeting of vulnerable groups but the current social policy environment does not ensure sustained social development. Indeed, the social gains acquired in the last decade may be irretrievably lost to us. Levels of effectiveness and efficiency in the social service delivery system need much improvement and at present bear little relationship to the levels of public expenditure. This paper examines the implications for social service delivery in a weak social policy environment. The extent to which an enabling environment for the effective and efficient delivery of social services currently exists in the Caribbean is considered. The specific features that make it difficult for the social sectors to create and maintain effective delivery systems are discussed. Issues of quality of access, equity, social dialogue, accountability, democratic and participatory governance are shown to be relevant to the formulation and implementation of social policy. Challenges to the creation of a strong social policy environment are also presented. The paper concludes that social policy is a key instrument that must work in tandem with economic policy in order to ensure equitable and sustainable development.....
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