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Non-contributory Social Protection Programmes Database
Latin America and the Caribbean
People's Benefit Program (2009-)



Date: 2009-
Web: Official website of the programme
Description: The program seeks to support people with disabilities and/or people who are in a vulnerable situation, with a monthly transfer of XCD $215 (USD $80) This amount is transferred to the 'People's Benefit Card' and is used to purchase food and personal items.


Target population: People with disabilities and/or people who are in an economically vulnerable situation (with a monthly income of less than USD $300 per household)
Geographic scale: National: Urban and Rural
Targeting method: 1) Categorical
2) Direct Means Test
Instrument of selection: Application form and required documents. Completed applications are accepted in the PDV CAB Office, where the applications are evaluated by a review committee, which determines if the person qualifies for the program or not. The following documents are required: 1) Proof of citizenship (passport or birth certificate) 2) Proof of disability (certificate by doctor or clinic) 3) Proof of income (pay slip, proof of payment, rent receipt, child support checks, etc.) 4) Letter of recommendation (from pastor or another well-known citizen)
Comments: This program was compatible with the Free Employability/Entrepreneurship Online Training, which was announced in June 2021 as part of the measures to face the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic and social isolation. This measure was directed, in addition to unemployed people, to people over 55 years of age, people with disabilities and people who received a social benefit, among others.


Legal framework:
Responsible organization(s): Ministry of Health and Environment, PDV Caribe Antigua and Barbuda Ltd. (PDV CAB)
Executing organization(s): Community Development Department
Source of funding: Participation of the Government of Antigua and Barbuda through the 'PetroCaribe' initiative

1) People's Benefit

Recipient(s): Participants of the program
Mode of transfer: Monetary
Mode of delivery: Magnetic card (People's Benefit Card)
Periodicity of delivery: Monthly
Recipient of the transfer: Direct participant
Conditionalities: None
Comments: Participants can use the 'People's Benefit' card to purchase food and personal items in supermarkets and stores selected by the program.
Amount : XCD $215 (USD $80) (2018); see data Excel format




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