CARICOM, CDB to host first regional workshop for National Human Resource Development Coordinators

The CARICOM Secretariat and the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) are collaborating to host the first regional workshop aimed at strengthening national capacity to support the 2030 Human Resource Development Strategy (2030 HRDS).

The workshop targets National Coordinators responsible for the coordination, monitoring and reporting associated with the implementation of the Strategy at the national level. It will be held at the Courtyard Marriott in Barbados, May 22-24, 2018. (more…)

William G. Demas Memorial Lecture to focus on social impact of natural disasters

The social impact of natural disasters will come into focus when Professor Mark Pelling of King’s College London delivers the 19th William G. Demas Memorial Lecture on May 29 in Grenada. The highly regarded researcher will speak on the topic, “From Social Resilience to Survivor-Led Reconstruction” at the event, which is part of the agenda of the Annual Meeting of the Board of Governors of the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB).

Scheduled to take place at St. George’s University, the prestigious Lecture will feature Pelling taking a fresh look at resilience and reconstruction and examining the often-overlooked social dimensions of natural disasters in his keynote speech. More than 200 delegates attending CDB’s Annual Meeting, officials from the Government of Grenada and representatives from academia are expected to attend.

Pelling, who has widely researched and published work on the topic of resilience, is the author of 80 peer-review papers and book chapters, and seven books, including Adaptation to Climate Change: From Resilience to Transformation and The Vulnerability of Cities: Social Resilience and Natural Disaster.

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Thirty-Fourth COHSOD has met its objectives – CARICOM Director Human Development

Director, Human Development at the CARICOM Secretariat, Ms. Myrna Bernard, said that the Thirty-Fourth Meeting of the Council for Human and Social Development (COHSOD) had met its objectives. The meeting concluded at the CARICOM Secretariat in Georgetown, Guyana on Friday, 5 May.

The Meeting opened at the Theatre Guild Playhouse in Georgetown, Guyana, on Wednesday. The opening included an unprecedented Thought Leadership Forum on the theme of COHSOD, ‘Positioning Human Resource Development as Central to Caribbean Resilience and Development’.

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Proposal for collaborative effort between CARICOM and FIFA currently under review

The CARICOM Secretariat is currently reviewing a proposal from the Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) for collaborative efforts to enhance human development in the Region. Assistant Secretary-General, Human and Social Development at the CARICOM Secretariat, Dr. Douglas Slater, has advised that the CARICOM Secretariat is currently reviewing the proposal that FIFA submitted.

He welcomed the enthusiasm of FIFA Director for Football in Africa and the Caribbean, Mr. Veron Mosengo-Omda, who outlined some of the details of the proposal in a presentation to the Thirty-Fourth Meeting of the Council for Human and Social Development (COHSOD) at the CARICOM Secretariat on Thursday, 3 May, 2018.

In his presentation, Mr. Mosengo-Omda said it was FIFA’s intention to start a Regional Primary School Football Competition with the main objective of strengthening the sport across the Region. He said that such an initiative was important to the moral and social fabric of the Region and noted that sports, specifically football, could be used as a vehicle to combat social ills that many times were associated with youths. (more…)

CDB funds project to assist with restoration of electricity in Dominica

The Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) has announced that it will provide USD16 million (mn) in funding to Dominica Electricity Services Limited (DOMLEC), to assist with the restoration of electricity generation services. On March 22, 2018, the Bank’s Board of Directors approved the provision of a loan of USD15.8 mn and a grant of USD200,000 to restore DOMLEC’s transmission and distribution system, and improve the company’s resilience to climate change.

Dominica’s electricity sector was severely affected by the passage of Hurricane Maria in September 2017, with approximately 75 percent of the network being destroyed or damaged. As at January 2018, less than 20 percent of electricity services had been restored.

In the immediate aftermath of Hurricane Maria, Dominica was completely without electricity services. We know that the provision of electricity is critical to the social and economic wellbeing of citizens and residents of the island. DOMLEC has been working diligently to restore service to the island and this project aims to support those efforts, and accelerate the pace of reconstruction,” said Daniel Best, Director of Projects, CDB.