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Non-contributory Social Protection Programmes Database
Latin America and the Caribbean
Invalidity Assistance (1972-)



Date: 1972-
Web: Official website of the programme
Description: Disability assistance seeks to support people who are permanently unable to work and do not qualify for the 'Disability Benefit'. It is a non-contributory disability pension aimed at people with low resources of working age.


Target population: The program seeks to support residents of the Bahamas between the ages of 16 and 65, who are permanently unable to work and in a situation of vulnerability
Geographic scale: National
Targeting method: Categorial
Instrument of selection:
Registry of recipients:
Exit strategies or criteria:
Comments: To be selected for assistance, people must complete the application form and a home visit must be made to determine the need for the person to receive support. As part of the measures to face the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic and social isolation, the transfer of April 2020 was advanced in March 2020 to people with disabilities under the age of 16 who normally receive their services every two months.


Legal framework: The National Insurance Law, 1972 (No. 21).
Responsible organization(s): National Insurance Board
Executing organization(s): National Insurance Board
Source of funding: Government of Bahamas

1) Invalidity Assistance

Recipient(s): People between 16 and 65 years of age who are permanently unable to work and are in a situation of vulnerability.
Mode of transfer: Monetary
Mode of delivery:
Periodicity of delivery: Monthly
Recipient of the transfer: Direct participant
Maximum per household:
Conditionalities: Does not have
Sanctions: --
Comments: Disability assistance is paid as long as the claimant remains permanently unable to work and continues to meet the other qualifying conditions.
Amount : BSD $256.45 per month (2013); see data in Excel format


National Insurance Act 1972 (No. 21 of 1972).

Author: ILO
Publication info:
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