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.




Grenada is a member state of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) and CARICOM Single Market and Economy (CSME)1 and the sub-regional Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS). The OECS comprises the region’s microstates (Antigua and Barbuda, Dominica, Grenada, Montserrat, St Lucia, St Kitts and Nevis and St Vincent and the Grenadines), whose populations range from 4,681 in Montserrat to over 160,000 in St Lucia (2004) and whose geographical size is between 103km2 (Montserrat) and 750km2 (Dominica) (CARICOM, 2005). Grenada falls in the mid-range with an estimated population of just over 105,000 people and a geographical size of 345km2 (Table 1)...


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