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Nov 9, 2012

World Bank wraps up session to start Social Policy

Earlier in the week, Representatives of the World Bank had the opportunity to support the government via a technical workshop where the policy and planning units of the Ministry of Health, Education, and Human Development came together along with technical staff from NGO’s, civil staff, organizations to reach a common understanding of what social protection is and how would it would appear when established in Belize. So after a week of dialogue, Sarah Berger, the World Bank’s Social Protection Specialist, says though a time frame cannot be established, Belize is on the right track.

 

Sarah Berger, Social Protection Specialist, World Bank

“What social protection is and what social protection could look like in Belize if it was established. From then there was a lot of discussion about what sort of tools exist to move towards a more integrated, comprehensive system that does not involves duplication of programs and really where the focus changes from program objectives and outcomes and indicators to a focus on individuals, families and communities. So the outcomes and indicators measuring whether or not these programs working together would then advance the well-being of these families. So there were a number of tools agreed upon, discussed for helping these ministries in providing a clear, analytical understanding of what poverty looks like in Belize and how to better address it.  And in the past day and a half, we had the social protection policy dialogue with a wider group of participants and that was extremely productive as well because I think that many individuals participating had similar ideas of what has been discussed, but now there is a common understanding of everyone being on the same page. Right now as I speak there is a group activity, a very concrete activity, where the World Bank helped organize the groups and putting them together to define the building blocks for an implementing framework for childhood development in Belize.”

 

Jose Sanchez

Sarah Berger

“How long does it take? How many years? What are we looking at?”

 

Sarah Berger

“That is a great question. There are a number of countries in the world right now who are along the same lines and moving towards a more integrated and comprehensive social protection system. With knowledge of the technical capacity in Belize and what I’ve seen over the past couple days are individuals willing to build and work together, but really to move beyond plans and writing policies and agreeing on concrete actions of when they will meet again and what kinda really difficult decisions need to be made. I can’t put a time to it, but Belize it will not take them long. I think that a lot has already been advanced; there are already great tools in place that needs to be expanded; to be used in other programs. There are a lot of recognition across ministries that this is already in the works of happening. Belize is on the right trajectory. And I really think that this week sort of solidified the commitment of all the different actors and players that are really a part of this larger network that makes up this system.”

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1 Response for “World Bank wraps up session to start Social Policy”

  1. Seletar says:

    I’m just curious, what business is it of a bank about our social development?

    I am very leery of international organizations getting involved in trying to reshape our national culture — the agenda of everything connected with the UN and European transnationalism is essentially founded on atheism, humanism, and Marxism. There is no right or wrong, and everyone should enjoy the same income as everyone else. I don’t buy any of it.

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