Considerations in Using Proxy Means Tests in Eastern Caribbean States: A Policy Brief

The social safety net assessments conducted in Eastern Caribbean states in and around 2009 recommended that countries should develop a proxy means test (PMT) to replace the diverse approaches they were using to target poverty-related benefits. Proxy mean tests were argued to be an objective and transparent alternative mechanism, especially given the unreliability of income data.

This policy brief and the paper it is based on, ‘Considerations in Using Proxy Means Tests in Eastern Caribbean States’, aim to assist countries in exploring the recommendation by explaining what PMTs are, highlighting their strengths and weaknesses and presenting opportunities and challenges.

UN Women and UNICEF through the UN Joint Programme on Social Protection being implemented in the Eastern Caribbean, is contributing to policy and legal reform processes, and the strengthening of national capacities to establish transparent and evidence-based, targetted social safety net services to poor populations, while ensuring child and gender sensitivity.

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Bibliographic information

Geographic coverage: Latin America and the Caribbean

Subject area(s): Economic empowerment; Social protection; Gender-responsive budgeting

Resource type: Policy papers

UN Women office involved in publication: Multi-Country Office – Caribbean

Publication year: 2016

Number of pages: 8