Social protection

Our vision: every Jamaican child is adequately protected from the detrimental impact of poverty and exploitation and benefits from equitable policies.

Photograph of a child who attends a special needs school in Jamaica
UNICEF Jamaica/Allison Brown

The Challenge

One in four of Jamaica’s children live in poverty and, as a result, are more exposed to health issues, more vulnerable to exploitation, have reduced access to adequate water and sanitation facilities and are more likely to be exposed to violent discipline. Girls in the poorest population quintile are also more likely to become teenage parents. An estimated 35,000 children under age 14 have a disability and are at risk of being excluded or discriminated against.

Jamaica has state-run social protection programmes, including the PATH conditional cash transfer programme. However, a significant number of deserving children still fall outside of this targeting mechanism. 

The Solution

Our Social Protection programme has three goals, which aim to improve how national systems and policies address multiple deprivations that affect the most vulnerable boys and girls:

Photograph of a girl in wheelchair

1. Strengthen national and sub-national human and institutional capacities to develop and deliver inclusive and equitable social protection systems to strengthen the resilience of and protect boys and girls from all forms of poverty and social exclusion.

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2. Improve national and sub-national capacities to systematically collect, analyse and use disaggregated data and other forms of information to monitor, inform policy decisions and report on the situation of children and child poverty in all of its dimensions, using an equity-based approach.

A group of children playing together in rural community in Jamaica

3. Enhance national systems that govern the volume, efficiency and impact of invested resources towards building the resilience of the most vulnerable boys, girls and adolescents.

Our implementing partners 2017-2021

Planning Institute of Jamaica (PIOJ)
Partner Type: Government
The PIOJ is the planning agency of the government that seeks to initiate and coordinate the development of policies, plans and programmes for the sustainable development of Jamaica.  

Statistical Institute of Jamaica (STATIN)
Partner Type: Government
The main functions of STATIN are to collect, compile, analyse, abstract and publish statistical information relating to the commercial, industrial, social, economic and general activities and condition of the people of Jamaica.