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1 Caribbean Conference on Horizontal Cooperation in Social Protection St. Michael’s, Barbados January 19-20, 2011 Trinidad and Tobago: Lessons and Experiences The Rights of Individuals to Social and Economic Security, Universal Prosperity (RISE-UP) Targeted Conditional Cash Transfer Programme Ministry of the People and Social Development

2 Trinidad and Tobago’ s Framework for Sustainable Social Development Millennium Development Goal 1: To Eradicate Extreme Hunger & Poverty T&T National Strategic Plan Pillar 2: Poverty Eradication & Social Justice Core Social Sector Ministry: Ministry of the People & Social Development Target 1 A: Halve the proportion of people living in poverty by 2015 Preference for the Poor and Disadvantaged- To reduce poverty by 2% per annum Corporate Objective 1: To reduce the incidence of poverty in society

3 Trinidad &Tobago’s Social Situation: Poverty Information Population (1,262,366) Living above poverty line (1,051,551) Non-Poor (937,939) Vulnerable (113,612) Living below poverty line (210,815) Poor (195,667) Indigent (15,148) Level of Poverty and Vulnerability lines TT$ Per MonthTT$ Per Annum Revised Poverty Line 2009/2010 Indigence line$ , Poverty Line$ , Vulnerability Line$ ,975.00

4 Poverty Demographics for Trinidad & Tobago PERCENTAGE OF POOR BY REGIONAL CORPORATION Trinidad Couva/Tabaquite/Talparo 10.5 Tunapuna/Piarco 10.5 San Juan/Laventille 14.7 Diego Martin 14.9 Point Fortin 24.6 Chaguanas 8.9 Arima 4.5 San Fernando 11.2 Siparia 27.7 Penal/Debe 12.0 Princes Town 30.0 Sangre Grande 39.1 Mayaro/Rio Claro 26.6 Port of Spain 18.0 PERCENTAGE OF REGIONAL CORPORATION POOR Tobago

5 T&T’s Investment in the Social Sector Percentage of Budgeted Allocations to the Core Social Sector Ministries in Trinidad and Social Services Divisions of the THA for the period Allocations to Core Social Sector Ministries in Trinidad and Social Services Divisions of the THA in Relation to GDP ( )

6 Core Social Sector Ministries involved in Poverty Reduction in T&T Ministry of the People and Social Development Social Welfare; TCCTP; Poverty Reduction Programme Community Development -Non Traditional Skills Training for Women -Defining Masculine Excellence Education -School Nutrition Programme -Textbook Rental/Loan Programme Food Production, Land & Marine Affairs - Youth Apprenticeship Programme in Agriculture Public Utilities -Utilities Assistance -National Social Development Programme (NSDP) National Security - Civilian Conservation Corps -MYPART, -MILAT Health -Chronic Disease Assistance Programme -Surgical Waiting List Housing & the Environment -Home Improvement Grant/subsidy -Government Housing Programme -Squatter Regularization Science, Technology and Tertiary Education -Youth Training and Employment Partnership Programme (YTEPP) -Mulit-Sector Skills Training Programme (MuST) -Retraining Programme Finance Unemployment Relief Programme (URP)

7 The SSN Landscape in Trinidad and Tobago Social Assistance Old Age Pension, Public Assistance, Targeted Conditional Cash Transfer Program, Utilities Assistance Program, Disability Assistance, Urgent Temporary Assistance, Secondary School Book Grants, Government Assistance for Tertiary Education Social Security National Insurance Scheme (NIS) Widow and Orphan Fund (State) Gratuity & Severance Annuities Health & Nutrition School Nutrition Program, Financial Assistance to Necessitous Patients, Patient Care Program, Chronic Disease Assistance Plan, Government Subsidy for Adult Cardiac Surgery, Special Diet Assistance Labor Market Unemployment Relief, Youth Training &Employment, Multi-Sector Skills Training, Adult Education, Civilian Conservation Corps, Adolescent Mothers Program, multiple Micro Enterprise programs Community-basedCommunity Development Fund, Micro-project Fund Housing Home Improvement Grants, Low Income Settlement Program, Low Income Housing Care & ProtectionCare and Protection Services General SubsidiesOil and gas

8  The Network has created opportunities for building awareness and dialogue in support of major social development issues relevant to member states;  This programme has allowed Caribbean nations to share experiences and learn from each other;  The effort of the Network, through its various training initiatives in the area of social development and poverty alleviation, has helped to strengthen human resource capacity in the formulation and implementation of poverty reduction initiatives;  This exchange of experience reduced the challenges/pitfalls experienced and helped us to expand social capital in our programme;  Improved capacity building - study visits, internships, workshops, seminars and the virtual platform was valuable in the transfer of social technology Challenges Experienced:  At the organizational level included -: Turnover of Staff Competing responsibilities Benefits of the Horizontal Cooperation Programme to T&T

9 Evolution of the RISE-UP Programme in T&T Social Help And Rehabilitative Efforts (SHARE) Basic Support for the Socially Vulnerable through hamper distribution PUENTE Learning Experience Adaptation of Best Practices derived from the Chile Solidario System TCCTP/ STEP-UP Holistic Approach to Poverty Reduction with a conditional component TCCTP/Rights of Individuals to Social and Economic Security –Universal Prosperity (RISE-UP) Sustainable Poverty Reduction/ Rights-based Approach  The T.C.C.T.P is intended to provide social protection by promoting nutrition and food security to vulnerable households, thereby reducing the incidence of poverty.  The T.C.C.T.P addresses food insecurity via a cash transfer while simultaneously spearheading rehabilitative and developmental activities by ensuring that recipients are afforded skills training as well as referrals and assistance in finding employment as a prerequisite for receiving the cash transfer.  The programme also provides training in specific areas including: budgetary planning, family planning, career guidance and life skills and is governed by Policy GuidelinesPolicy Guidelines

10 Client Assessment (Eligibility) Programme Offer Family Worker & client will begin to examine the key areas of family life & construct the STEPS to a higher standard of living: Minimum conditions established. Developmental Programmes Developmental Programmes Life Skills Employment Opportunities Employment Opportunities Social Protection Programmes Social Protection Programmes FIN Minimum Conditions Achieved Graduation RISE-UP Model: Trinidad and Tobago The Rights of Individuals to Social and Economic Security- Universal Prosperity was designed to implement the conditional component of the TCCTP and is to be executed via the Family Intervention Network (FIN). RISE-UP utilises family caseworkers to provide ongoing psychosocial support to clients by addressing eight dimensions: personal identification, health, education, housing, employment, family dynamics, safety/security and income

11 8 Pillars of RISE-UP: Conditional Component of TCCTP RISE- UP Personal Identification Income Education Employment Family Dynamics Health Housing Safety & Security


13 Linkages among Social Protection measures in T&T Social Sector MPSD TCCTP/ RISE-UP -Electronic debit Card -Life skills training -Developmental programmes -Psycho-social support Social Welfare Poverty Reduction Programme -Public Assistance Grant -General Assistance Grant Micro- enterprise Grant Micro- enterprise Loans Public Utilities Community Development -Women in Harmony -Utilities Assistance -National Social Development Programme HealthEducation Housing

14 National Director Assistant Director Database Administrator (1) Outreach Coordinator (1) Regional Managers (4) Regional Coordinators/ Offices (15) RISE-UP Secretariat (National Training Coordinator (1) & Human Development Officers (3)..... Executive Assistant (1) Project Secretary (1) Drivers (2) Liaison Officers / Family Case Workers (105) Data Entry Clerks (5)

15 Programme NeedsNew Approaches in RISE-UPOutcomes New Targeting Model Geographic Targeting: Direct Impact- Reaching Out to the People/Seeking out the People Community Targeting Means Testing Self Selection Referred Clients A more pro-active approach to targeting the vulnerable by meeting them at their doors and within communities A co-responsibility framework with beneficiaries to achieve their commitments during the process Social Contract A system that allows clients to become agents of their own change instead of assuming the role of passive recipients Comprehensive approach to poverty reduction RISE- UP/ Life -Skills Training Linkages with other Social Sector Programmes Rights-based Approach Greater emphasis on the family unit-addressing the individual’s problems in the context of the family’s situation Basic support which enables beneficiaries to function within the system. Multiple Grant Card Integration of the various offerings into a coordinated and coherent system. This will allow the TCCTP to address the diverse expressions of poverty and make a comprehensive offering to beneficiaries to promote sustainable poverty reduction. Reorganization of existing resources with a focus on the vulnerable Family Intervention Network Preferential access for vulnerable families to a suite of social services Agent of change who commits to the families during the process and links them to the networks. Integrated Enterprise Case Management System Psychosocial support through the provision of a social worker who works directly with the families: the Family Worker

16 Direct Impact-Reaching Out to the People Ministry of Social Development on community visits..... The Ministry of the People and Social Development has embarked on a series of community visits aimed at reaching out to the people The initiative is entitled ‘Direct Impact’ Other ministries have also come on board, and even members of civil society have been prompted to reach the most vulnerable in society and ensure they are given a better quality of life. At the visits, the public is informed about social services that are currently available such as the TTCARD and social welfare as well as how to access them. The Princes Town community visit came off as planned and Minister of the People and Social Development, Glenn Ramadharsingh had an opportunity to speak with residents Govt plans multiple application card for needy By MELISSA DASSRATH Sunday, October

17 Review of TCCTP -Survey of over 15,000 households

18 Review of TCCTP

19 Initiatives of the MPSD

20 Targeted Conditional Cash Transfer Programme (TCCTP) Recipients - Trinidad Sangre Grande Princes Town Mayaro Rio Claro Penal/Debe Siparia Couva Tabaquite Talparo San Juan/Laventille Tunapuna/Piarco POS Diego Martin San Fernando Point Fortin Chaguanas

21 TCCTP CARD RECIPIENTS - TOBAGO 2, 372 Cards distributed throughout country 2, ,372

22 Thank You

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