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Study on Shock-Responsive Social Protection in Latin America and the Caribbean - Guyana case study

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In the Caribbean and globally, links are being made between social protection and disaster risk management (DRM). Social protection programmes that provide assistance to households, and the systems that underpin these programmes, may have a role to play in preparing for, responding to and mitigating the impacts of shocks such as cyclones, floods, droughts and political and economic crises. This role for social protection goes beyond its core function of addressing the risks and vulnerabilities that people face throughout their lives. We refer to this as ‘shock-responsive social protection’. This report explores these opportunities in Guyana, considering opportunities for social protection to support both disaster response and the arrival of migrants from Venezuela. It is part of the World Food Programme (WFP) and Oxford Policy Management (OPM) research project ‘Shock-Responsive Social Protection in Latin America and the Caribbean’. The project seeks to inform emergency preparedness and response capacities and strategies of the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA) - the regional inter-governmental agency for disaster management in the Caribbean Community - and its Participating States.2