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Wednesday, October 7 • 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Side event 9: Lessons from the COVID-19 response for shock-responsive social protection in the Caribbean

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This session discussed “Lessons from the COVID-19 response for shock-responsive social protection in the
Caribbean” with a distinguished panel of government representatives from Anguilla, Dominica, Saint Lucia and Trinidad and Tobago. The Caribbean, already the most indebted region in the world, is highly vulnerable to large-scale shocks not only including economic crises and public health emergencies, but also natural disasters, such as hurricanes. This discussion therefore focused on: (1) opportunities to move from immediate responses to medium-term support to address the socio-economic impacts of COVID-19; and (2) plans for preparing social protection systems to respond to shocks in the future.

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Sarah Bailey

Head of Programme, WFP
Sarah Bailey is the Head of Programme for the World Food Programme Office of Caribbean Emergency Preparedness and Response. She brings more than 16 years’ experience in the humanitarian sector, including research, programme management, policy, technical assistance, monitoring... Read More →
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Christina Dankmeyer

Social Policy Specialist, UNICEF
Christina Dankmeyer is a Social Policy Specialist at UNICEF’s Office for the Eastern Caribbean Area in Barbados with a focus on shock-responsive social protection. Prior to joining UNICEF, she served as an advisor to the German Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development in... Read More →

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Bonnie A. Richardson-Lake

Permanent Secretary, Social Development & Education, Ministry of Social Development, Anguilla
Dr. Bonnie Richardson-Lake, an Anguillian descendant, was born and raised in New Jersey, USA. She completed her undergraduate studies at the Pennsylvania State University where she received a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish and a Bachelor of Science degree in Individual and Family Studies... Read More →
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Velda Octave-Joseph

Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Equity, Social Justice, Local Government and Empowerment - Saint Lucia
Velda Joseph has been involved in the areas of Disaster Management and Social Development for over two decades. Currently, she is the Acting Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Equity, Social Justice, Local Government and Empowerment, having been transferred from the National Emergency... Read More →
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Sylvanie Burton

Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Youth Development and Empowerment, Youth at Risk, Gender Affairs, Seniors' Security and Dominicans With Disabilities - Dominica
Education: High School - St. Andrews High School (1979-1984) Tertiary - St. Francis Xavier University (Canada) 1993 University of Manchester (England) 1999 University for International Cooperation 2013-2014 Qualifications: Certificate in Community Development Certificate in Adult... Read More →

Wednesday October 7, 2020 2:00pm - 3:00pm GMT-03