Last Update: December 2017
Institutional Framework Database for Social Policy
in Latin America and the Caribbean
Organizational dimension
The organizational dimension refers to the way in which ministries and executive powers are set up and in charge of social functions, considering their mandates and legal status. They emphasize the relative importance and formal mandates of Social Development Ministries (or other equivalent entities of the government devoted to social development) within the structure of the central government, as well as their degree of autonomy, specialization, relationship and importance in comparison to other sectoral areas of government.


Latin America and the Caribbean (26 countries): Ministries or Secretariats of Social Development that comply with social protection mandates and cover specific segments of the population and by life cycle
Country Ministry of Social Development or equivalent Year of creation of specific first instance Children and adolescents Youth Older persons Womens Persons with disabilities Migrants Total of instances
Antigua y Barbuda Ministry of Social Transformation and Human Resource Development n.d. M E . MSD . M 1
Argentina Ministry of Health and Social Development 2018 MSD MSD MSD MSD P M 4
Bahamas Ministry of Social Services and Community Development n.d. MSD S MSD MSD MSD M 4
Belize Ministry of Human Development, Social Transformation and Poverty Alleviation 1990 M S MSD MSD . M 1
Bolivia (Plurinational State of) Ministry of Development Planning 2009 M M M M M M 0
Brazil Ministry of Social Development 2004 M P M M M M 0
Chile Ministry of Social Development 2011 MSD MSD MSD S MSD M 5
Costa Rica Ministry of Human Development and Social Inclusion/Joint Institute for Social Aid (IMAS) 2010 P S P S M M 0
Cuba Ministry of Labor and Social Security 1994 MSD P MSD M MSD M 4
Dominica Ministry of Social Services, Family and Gender Issues n.d. M S M MSD M M 1
Ecuador Ministry of Economic and Social Inclusion 2013 MSD MSD MSD P MSD M 2
Guatemala Ministry of Social Development 2012 P P P P P M 0
Haiti Ministry of Social Affairs and Employment n.d. MSD S MSD S MDS M 0
Honduras Ministry of Social Development and Inclusion 2010 MSD P MSD S MSD M 3
Mexico Secretariat of Social Development 1992 P P MSD S MSD M 2
Nicaragua Ministry of the Family, Adolescence and Childhood 1998 MSD S MSD S P M 2
Panama Ministry of Social Development 2005 MSD MSD MSD MSD MSD M 5
Peru Ministry of Social Development and Inclusion 2011 M M M S M M 0
Trinidad and Tobago Ministry of the People and Social Development n.d. M S MSD S MSD M 3
Uruguay Ministry of Social Development 2005 P MSD MSD MSD MSD M 4
Venezuela (Bolivarian Republic of) Ministry of People's Power for Communities and Social Movements 2009 P S P S P M 0




Country Ministry of Social Development or equivalent Year of creation of specific first instance Children and adolescents Youth Older persons Womens Persons with disabilities Migrants Total of instances
Colombia Social Prosperity Department 2011 P P MDS P M M 1
El Salvador Secretaría Técnica y de Planificación de la Presidencia de la República 2009 P P MDS P P M 1
Jamaica Jamaica Social Investment Fund of the Office of the Prime Minister 1996 M S M S M M 0
Paraguay Social Action Secretariat of the Office of the President of the Republic 1995 P P M S M M 0
Dominican Republic Social Policy Coordination Cabinet of the Office of the Vice President 2004 P S M S P M 0


Source: Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC), based on official information reported by governments of the region.

(.) = Official information not available.
MSD= Ministry of Social Development has an explicit mandate on the different segments of the population
M = Ministry of another issue has the explicit mandate on different segments of the population. This category includes instances whose holder has a ministerial rank.
P= The Presidency has the explicit mandate on the protection of the different segments of the population.
S= Ministry dedicated to the protection of a specific segment (Ministry of Women, Children, among others). In some cases, ministries with diverse simultaneous mandates are presented.


Metadata
Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC), based on official information reported by governments of the region.
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* Ministry dedicated to protecting a specific population segment (Ministry of Women, Ministry of Childhood, etc). In some cases, ministries may give diverse simultaneous mandates.
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