UNICEF De­scribes Koud­men Sent Lisi as “Out­stand­ing”

The Star (St. Lucia) - - LOCAL -

Koud­men Sent Lisi ini­tia­tive has pro­vided psy­choso­cial support to in­di­gent poor fam­i­lies. The Saint Lu­cia So­cial De­vel­op­ment Fund has com­pleted the pi­lot phase of the pro­gramme and, as such, has launched the Koud­men Sent Lisi Eval­u­a­tion Re­port to chart its way for­ward.

At the of­fi­cial launch­ing cer­e­mony held this week, stake­hold­ers gath­ered for a first-hand re­view of the find­ings of con­sul­tant Ms. Paulette Ni­chols.

Mr. Fred­er­ick Un­ter­reiner, UNICEF Chief Mon­i­tor­ing and Eval­u­a­tion Spe­cial­ist, ex­pressed sat­is­fac­tion with the find­ings of the re­port, re­fer­ring to the progress of the pro­gramme as “out­stand­ing.”

“At the na­tional level, what I see as a crit­i­cal point is the co­or­di­na­tion, be­cause what is im­por­tant is the timely de­liv­ery of a pack­age of ser­vices that re­ally fits the need of each house­hold,” Mr. Un­ter­reiner said.

Per­ma­nent Sec­re­tary in the Min­istry of So­cial Trans­for­ma­tion, Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment & Com­mu­nity Em­pow­er­ment Ms. Ju­liana Al­fred com­mended the staff of the SSDF for their per­se­ver­ance with the ini­tia­tive.

Ms. Al­fred said, “The Koud­men Sent Lisi pro­gramme and the Pub­lic As­sis­tance Pro­gramme are two pi­lot pro­grammes our Min­istry has started work­ing with in terms of strength­en­ing the co-or­di­na­tion of the de­liv­ery of th­ese vi­tal so­cial ser­vices. For ex­am­ple, the staff of the SSDF and of the Pub­lic As­sis­tance Pro­gramme have started us­ing the same tar­get­ing in­stru­ment to iden­tify and clas­sify ben­e­fi­cia­ries.”

The Per­ma­nent Sec­re­tary thanked UNICEF for the re­port and rec­om­men­da­tions, and gave gov­ern­ment’s com­mit­ment to build on the ac­com­plish­ments of Koud­men Sent Lisi.

The value added from this eval­u­a­tion is ex­pected to be achieved through the use of the find­ings in the on­go­ing and fu­ture na­tional dis­cus­sions about So­cial Safety Net Re­form in Saint Lu­cia sup­ported by re-en­gi­neered co-or­di­na­tion, de­liv­ery and man­age­ment mech­a­nisms for so­cial pro­tec­tion pro­grammes.

UNICEF’s Chief Mon­i­tor­ing and Eval­u­a­tion Spe­cial­ist

Fred­er­ick Un­ter­reiner.

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