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Jul 16, 2015

O.A.S. Helps G.O.B. to Reach Marginalized Families

Starret D. Greene

The Government of Belize and the Organization of American States today signed a cooperation agreement for an initiative targeting marginalized families. The three-year project, valued at two hundred and sixty thousand Belize dollars, is financed through the Development Cooperation Fund of the O.A.S., and will be implemented by the Ministry of Human Development, Social Transformation and Poverty Alleviation. The funds will essentially be used to improve social outreach programs and offer better services to the recipients. According to the O.A.S. Representative in Belize, Starret Greene, four hundred BOOST households living below the poverty line will be participating.

 

Starret D. Greene, O.A.S. Representative, Belize

“The amount of funding that is coming from Development Corporation Fund of the O.A.S. is a hundred and thirty thousand U.S. dollars. And those monies will be used for specific activities that have been outlined in the execution plan.”

 

Judith Alpuche

Judith Alpuche, C.E.O., Ministry of Human Development, Social Transformation and Poverty Alleviation

“The significance here is what this corporation represents—not in terms of quantum, but more in terms of the quality and robustness of the partnership that we are about to enter in and what it means in terms of moving us forward. So there are two main blocks. Basically one that looks at the design and implementation of wrap-around services for clients. So we will be targeting four hundred, doing a pilot that targets four hundred BOOST household. And we are looking specifically at those households that are below the indigent’s line, so the poorest of the poor. To see how is it that we can as the name suggests literally wrap services around these families to help them to move up to the next level. And then the other block will look at really tapping into this considerable resource that the O.A.S. has in terms of south-south cooperation. So there are some excellent models in Latin America that have been implemented and work very well in Chile, Colombia, etc. So really utilizing some of those funds to see what we can learn from those experiences and we know that those south-south experiences have helped us tremendously. When we were developing BOOST, we looked at what other Latin American countries did, what Jamaica did and from there, we were able to then from that learn from their experiences and make quantum leaps into the programs that we have now. We are utilizing some of these funds to do the same thing. Look at what has been done, ensuring that we don’t reinvent the wheel; that we can customize what other people do or what other countries have done successfully to our reality and be able then to springboard from there.”

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