UNICEF Describes Koudmen Sent Lisi as “Outstanding”
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