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From Emergency to System Strengthening: WFP Caribbean cash transfer responses through social protection (2018-2023)

April 2024 — By Riad Katkhoda, Sarah Bailey

This document presents an overview of the World Food Programme’s efforts from 2018 to 2023 in the Caribbean, focusing on enhancing social protection systems through cash transfers in response to emergencies, highlighting key lessons learned and the path forward.

This paper provides an overview of WFP Caribbean’s journey supporting shock-responsive social protection from evidence and advocacy to action, including its efforts to strengthen national systems. Through a series of country-specific examples, it outlines lessons learned on partnering with governments to implement cash transfer response measures through social protection, highlighting overarching lessons, and showing the importance of innovative solutions, digitalization and strategic collaborations with government and private sector partners. Underscoring the importance of a dynamic approach to strengthening the role of social protection as part of disaster preparedness and response in the Caribbean.