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Apr 24, 2015

UN Residents Host Media Breakfast

Ivan Yerovi

The United Nations Country Team resident members UNICEF, U.N.D.P., U.N.F.P.A., and PAHO held a press conference this morning to talk with the media about some of the social issues in Belize and where they fit in the bigger picture. The mandates of the resident agencies include equality, human rights, vulnerable groups and H.I.V./AIDS issues that require multi-faceted approach through the partnership of cross-organizational, N.G.O. and government agency participation. With a number of ongoing projects, UNICEF Representative Ivan Yerovi says that a key part of the organization’s work is to ensure that projects are assessed to measure their effectiveness.

 

Ivan Yerovi, UNICEF Representative

“The Issue of providing access to early childhood development. We are currently working with the Ministry of Healthy, Human Development and Education. What is interesting about this thing, this initiative is that they are working together. They provide services; human development has some services, education as well and health. But we are trying to come up with some integrated and comprehensive ECD services. It is not easy; it will take at least two years before a new model is developed. We are studying to evaluate the social protection system. That evaluation is going to tell the country whether the country has a social protection system or not. If the country doesn’t have a social protection system, the evaluation, we are hoping to receive the results of the evaluation. It is going to tell us what to do. What the country should do in order to have a social protection system. As a part of this evaluation, we are going to be evaluating the BOOST program. Why? Simple. We need to assess whether the BOOST program is getting the resource that are expected to get and we are probably reviewing after the evaluation to review the criteria to include beneficiaries to the cash transfer program; that is with the ministry of human development. We are also working with the Ministry of Finance and that is really new. UNICEF has done this job with the Ministry of Finance for fifteen years in this region. We have never work with the Ministry of Finance. What are we going to do? We are going to establish a monitoring system. The idea is for the country and the ministry of finance to get an idea of just how much they are investing.”

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