Social Policies in Grenada

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The country case studies and thematic papers in this series examine social policy issues facing small states and the implications for economic development. They show how, despite their inherent vulnerability, some small states have been successful in improving their social indicators because of the complementary social and economic policies they have implemented.


Grenada is a small state that has made impressive initial achievements in economic and human development since independence, especially in education and health. However, continuing unemployment and poverty, the recent erosion of trade preferences, and the changing international donor aid environment have exposed structural weaknesses in its economic model. Patsy Lewis assesses developments in social policy approaches and delivery in the postcolonial period, including the economic strategies pursued and their effects on social policy, particularly in respect of children. She looks at the challenges faced by governments and presents a brief case study of Hurricane Ivan, as an instance for exploring community and national responses, resilience and innovation.



Hurricane Ivan: Challenges in Social Policy

Natural disasters are important in exposing weaknesses in social policy in terms of coverage, identifying and targeting vulnerabilities, and the capacity of the family and wider community to cope. They also provide an opportunity for observing instances of resilience that can be built upon. Hurricane Ivan revealed weaknesses in disaster preparedness; exposed and intensified existing vulnerabilities, particularly among women, children and the elderly; highlighted weaknesses in the national economy; and sharpened political differences. On the other hand, it illuminated the importance of family and community as the first line of defence in responding to a national crisis and of regional and international agents in supporting resilience.


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