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OTs gather in BVI to design cash-based emergency response system

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British Overseas Territories are collaborating to design and implement what is being described as a cash-based response programme for emergencies such as natural disasters.

Representatives of these territories are now in the territory for a three-day workshop on the initiative.

A media release from the Ministry of Health & Social Development said the workshop aims to first define the role of emergency cash intervention then “provide an outline of what needs to be done to systemise the use of emergency cash within an existing social protection system and outline an action plan for preparedness and response activities”.

To achieve these goals, overseas territories will, among othet things, apply lessons learnt from the Financial Assistance Programme that was implemented for vulnerable residents in the BVI after the September 2017 hurricanes.

Some 1,074 candidates benefited from that programme which offered cash ranging from $800 to $1,200 to local households. That said cash from the programme contributed to jumpstarting the BVI’s hurricane-ravaged economy, the ministry said.

In the meantime, while declaring the workshop open this week, Social Development Minister Carvin Malone said he was encouraged to see local, regional, and international organisations gathered “to learn from each other and to chart a new course of sinuous collaboration for the betterment” of the respective countries involved.

The workshop is dubbed the Collaborative Cash Programming in Shock Responsive Social Protection.

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  1. Just my two cents says:

    The first thing this man did was help people, who couldn’t vote for him. Chuppes.

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  2. Just my two cents says:

    Actually my post was meant for the article where Andrew granted naturalisation to 80 individuals. Good job Carvin.

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    • Guy Hill says:

      Andrew did not grant Naturalization to any one. Stop being ugly for a minute.

      • @guy hill says:

        Idiot. That article on the other site clearly states “80 Persons Naturalised”.

        Locals have hell finding jobs and you here chatting non sense about being ugly. If i am ugly for want to see bvislander progressing in their own country so be it i am ugly.

        People like you censorship is sickening.

  3. Politico Nuevo says:

    The Caribbean region from Bahamas to Trinidad and Tobago to Guyana to Jamaica to Barbados to Belize, including Belize, is highly vulnerable to natural disasters, ie, hurricane, earthquake, tsunamis…….etc. The region must cooperate and collaborate by pooling its resource to plan for and to manage disasters.

    The cash-based response programme is a good start but the support should extend to equipment, machinery, mutual aid…..etc. Furthermore, Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management (CDEMA), the region’s equivalent to the US’ Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), roles and responsibilities should be enhanced. Every year some where in the region will be hit by a hurricane. Additionally, due to technology, the path a hurricane can be tracked. As such, CDEMA should pre-position resources outside of the path of the storm to be deployed to affected areas after the storm passes. Some serious thoughts must be given regional integration another try. The first one lasted from 1958-1962 and mashed up due to a lack of a compromise on where the capital should be located. Imagine that! 1 from 10 leaves 0.

  4. Anonymous says:

    IECI, an Independent Economic Caribbean Initiative that will meld all the economies of the Caribbean into a central economic initiative.

    Wondering if scholars of economics would want to share a few words/ideas on this?

  5. Community Member says:

    Why the article did not mention that the BVI Red Cross,UNICEF and world food program funded this workshop.Give credit where due!

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