27 March 2024

Financing the Leave No One Behind Agenda

In Belize, social protection initiatives are crucial for addressing poverty and supporting vulnerable groups. This document presents six potential scenarios for implementing a Social Protection Floor (SPF) in Belize, along with their estimated costs., General Notes on Assumptions/Approach, The Statistical Institute of Belize (SIB) reports a General Poverty Line (GPL) of BZD 7,961.00, established per household. Belize's poverty study in 2018/2019 identified 106,220 households with 389,235 members, averaging 3.66 members per household, leading to an individual GPL of BZD 2,172.17. SIB 2022 Census- they are 138,300 children below age…, Scenario One: Basic ILO Model, Provides universal cash transfers for children, allowances for orphans, maternity benefits, disability benefits, and pensions. Universal cash transfer for children within a five-year age bracket at 25% of GPL. Allowances for orphans at 100% of GPL. Four months of universal maternity benefit for women with newborns at GPL. Universal benefit for…, Scenario Two: Basic ILO Model, CRC adjusted, Similar to Scenario One but extends cash transfers to all children under 18. Universal cash transfer for children under 18 at 25% of GPL. Allowances for orphans at 100% of GPL. Four months of universal maternity benefit for women with newborns at GPL. Universal benefit for persons with severe disabilities at 100% of GPL. Universal pension for…, Scenario Three: Basic ILO Model, CRC adjusted, with Unemployment Allowance, Includes all interventions from Scenario Two plus a 6-month unemployment allowance. Universal cash transfer for children under 18 at 25% of GPL. Allowances for orphans at 100% of GPL. Four months of universal maternity benefit for women with newborns at GPL. Universal benefit for persons with severe disabilities at 100% of GPL. Universal pension…, Scenario Four: Basic ILO Model, CRC adjusted, with Unemployment Allowance, Universal cash transfer for children under 18 at 25% of GPL. Allowances for orphans at 100% of GPL. Four months of universal maternity benefit for women with newborns at GPL. Universal benefit for persons with severe disabilities at 100% of GPL. Universal pension for individuals aged 65 and above at 100% of GPL. Unemployment allowance for job…, Scenario Five: Modified ILO Model, all children below age of 18 are given ¼ GPL allowance and mothers are given GPL, unemployment allowance for 6 months, Universal cash transfer for children under 18 at 25% of GPL. Allowances for orphans at 100% of GPL. Universal maternity benefit for women with newborns at 100% of GPL for six months. Universal benefit for persons with severe disabilities at 100% of GPL. Universal pension for individuals aged 65 and above at 100% of GPL. Unemployment allowance for…, Scenario Six: Modified ILO Model, all children below age of 18 and mothers are given GPL, unemployment allowance for 6 months, Provides full GPL allowance to all children and mothers Universal cash transfer for children under 18 at 100% of GPL. Universal maternity benefit for women with newborns at 100% of GPL. Universal benefit for persons with severe disabilities at 100% of GPL. Universal pension for individuals aged 65 and above at 100% of GPL. Unemployment allowance…