Implications for social service delivery in a weak social policy environment
Paper prepared for the Regional Conference- A New Perspective on Poverty in the Caribbean: A Qualitative Approach, Caribbean Development Bank, June 9-11,2004
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.....