A review of old systems and implementation of new approaches are the steps Government is taking towards the eradication of poverty.

This was emphasised by Minister of Social Care, Constituency Empowerment, Urban and Rural Development, Christopher Sinckler, todayas he met with the Director of the Organisation of American States’ (OAS) National Office in Barbados, Francis McBarnett; Provincial Coordinator of the Puente Programme, Paola Barros, and other OAS representatives, at the Ministry’s Warrens Office Complex, today.

The officials, who will be conducting a week-long sensitisation workshop on the Puente Programmes in Chile and the OAS, discussed the development of the Identification Stabilisation Enablement and Empowerment (ISEE) Bridge project in Barbados, and its effectiveness in the fight to eradicate poverty.

Minister Sinckler stated that there is an element of ???hardcore poverty’ within our society that has proven difficult to tackle, despite previous efforts taken to address the issue. He stressed that although Government was so far taking the right course of action, the Bridge project would provide Barbados with the knowledge to effectively address that type of poverty.

The I.S.E.E. Bridge Project is modeled from the Chilean Puente or Bridge Programme which was established in 2002 to assist the extreme poor. sharifa.medford@barbados.gov.bb

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