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About The Ministry

The Ministry of Social Development and Family Services (MSDFS) is the core social sector Ministry with responsibility for coordinating the implementation of Government’s social and human development objectives. The MSDFS is mandated with responsibility for addressing the social challenges of poverty, social inequality and social exclusion. Particular emphasis is placed on developing and executing programmes and services that protect and assist vulnerable and marginalized groups in society such as women, children, persons with disabilities, the elderly, the poor/indigent, the socially displaced, ex-prisoners, deportees and persons living with HIV/AIDS.

Guided by the tenets ‘Helping, Empowering and Transforming Lives’, the Ministry seeks to empower its clientele through rehabilitative and skill enhancement initiatives, which promote human prosperity in the context of sustainable development. The MSDFS is also responsible for developing, coordinating, monitoring and evaluating social sector policies and programmes to ensure sustainability, cultural relevance and economic viability. 

The Ministry of Social Development and Family Services seeks to deliver its mandate in alignment with its Vision and Mission.


A dynamic, people-centred organization achieving sustainable human and social development.


To lead in the enhancement of lives, with emphasis on the vulnerable, through a network of integrated, effective and accessible social services.

Roles and Responsibilities

The major roles and responsibilities of the Ministry of Social Development and Family Services are:

  • Serving as a central coordinating body for the social sector with respect to the conduct of research, policy and programme planning and development; and monitoring and evaluation;
  • Facilitating networking, information and data gathering and dissemination within the social sector and with external agencies;
  • Making recommendations for the effective functioning of the social sector based on continuous assessment;
  • Facilitating the decentralisation of the social services delivery system;
  • Initiating and operationalizing programmes for subsequent hand over to relevant social sector Ministries;
  • Developing systems, strategies and programmes to realize positive attitudes and behaviour in the citizenry;
  • Identifying gaps and making recommendations for the drafting and amendment of legislation relevant to the sector;
  • Fostering peace, harmony and social justice through programmes such as community mediation;
  • Fostering good governance through the promotion of participatory development approaches; 
  • Delivering social services and providing social support for vulnerable groups, towards sustainable enhancement of their well-being.

The Ministry’s seven (7) Strategic/Corporate Objectives according to its core stakeholder groups are as follows:

FocusStrategic/Corporate Objective
Poverty ReductionTo reduce the incidence of the poverty in society
Persons with DisabilitiesTo increase the level of participation of persons with disabilities in society toward the realisation of their full potential 
The ElderlyTo sustain and enhance the well-being of all elderly persons
Social DisplacedTo reduce the number of socially displaced persons
Substance AbuseTo reduce substance abuse in the population
Research, Policy Monitoring and EvaluationTo develop, monitor and evaluate the policy framework for the effective delivery of social services
Organizational DevelopmentTo achieve a high performance, customer focused organization that meets its operational and strategic objectives in an efficient and effective way