Manual to provide guidelines for public assistance programme

Participants at the workshop

The government of Dominica has been presented with a draft manual which seeks to to give guidelines on how best to administer public assistance.

The manual, which was created by the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), was presented to the Ministry of Health and Social Services.

Village Council chairpersons, clerks, mayors and district development officers on Friday attended a Public Assistance Programme Operations Manual Capacity Building Workshop, the objective of which, was to “build capacity and knowledge at the local and central government level to implement the manual.

Chief Welfare Officer, Leroy Morvan

Chief Welfare Officer, Leroy Morvan said that at present, there are no set guidelines or manuals by which public assistance is administered and this manual will set such guidelines.

The topics discussed at the workshop include programme Operations, Referrals, Standard Operating Procedures and  a Feedback mechanism for Public Assistance Programme. The Organizational Capacity, Roles in Coordination of Services, Child Protections, Policy and Legislative framework: Social Protection.

The island was divided into two zones for the UNICEF funded workshop. A session was held on Friday for participants from the south, east and south-east of Dominica and the workshop for participants from the north, west and north-east takes place today [Monday May 20].

The Ministry of Ecclesiastical Affairs, Family and Gender Affairs also received a copy of the draft manual and are collaborating with the Ministry of Health and Social Services on this pilot operating manual.

Immediately after Hurricane Maria in 2017, UNICEF made available cash assistance to every home in Dominica where there were children and the elderly. That money was paid through the office of the village council.

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6 Comments

  1. ???????????????????
    May 20, 2019

    The only thing you all can do is criticise?? Do you know what UNICEF is? Why don’t you guys repect organisations, Positions etc. Always taking negative.

  2. Iamanidiot
    May 20, 2019

    Like hell,
    What is this manual going to say about coming on the block and handing out 2,000 , 3,000, 5,000 to boys on the block smoking and selling weed?

    • ???????????????????
      May 20, 2019

      Iamanidiot. Prove this! Proof is important not repeat rumours like the new one. People are educated and to say what you have said you have to have paper proof, Pictrure proof or something that one can believe. Otherwise this is untruth, slander etc.

  3. Agirl
    May 20, 2019

    So none of them in one of the numerous ministries, couldn’t come up with a fair plan for red clinic all those years …we had to wait for outside help? sigh.

  4. Looking
    May 20, 2019

    Who needs guidelines? The honourable Prime Minister already has a beautiful programme called the, “Red Clinic”. It has programme Operations, Referrals, Standard Operating Procedures and a Feedback mechanism. The UN and UNICEF should seek the expertise of PM to be a global consultant on this program. :-D

  5. Looking
    May 20, 2019

    Who needs a manual? Hon Prime minister is a trendsetter, and already has a beautiful programme, “Red Clinic”. It includes an advanced system of, programme Operations, Referrals, Standard Operating Procedures and a Feedback mechanism. Probably the UN and UNICEF needs to consult with the PM for advice on how to administer this program globally. :)

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