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.



Summary and Conclusion

Post-colonial governments in Grenada, despite challenges and different approaches, have performed reasonably well in improving the standards of living of their people. Grenada has made tremendous progress in addressing some of the main developmental problems deriving from the colonial experience, manifested in real improvements on all fronts: economic, social and in the quality of political representation available. This has occurred despite challenges presented by limited geographical space, the small size and openness of the economy, which amplifies the effects of external developments, particularly in relation to trade and the country’s narrow economic base.


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