Trade liberalisation and Economic Development
CPDC has been a champion for civil society concerns and views around issues relating to trade liberalisation. The organisation has been at the fore front of advocating for a people centred approach to trade liberalisation and economic policy making. The main aim of this programme is too ensure that poverty reduction is the key outcomes of trade agreements. negotiations. CPDC has undertaken extensive work producing research and positions papers on all areas of trade negotiations including the CSME, WTO , FTAA and the EPA. CPDC’s work in this areas has provided education and awareness raising for civil society throughout the Caribbean, enhancing their capacity to critically engage these process.
NGO Strengthening and Capacity Building
As a representative of the NGO sector, one of the critical areas of work for the organsiation has been to enhance the institutional framework and environment for NGOs to operate , this involves not only building the capacity of the sector but also advancing ideas for strengthening the sustainability of the sector. CPDC is one of the few organisations in the region that has produced a body of work geared specifically at NGO financing. Under this programme area research was conducted to analyse the state of Corporate Social Responsibility in the Caribbean as well as ground breaking work on the Establishment of a Regional Community Development Foundation. CPDC also provides an institutional base for the Caribbean Youth Environment Network (CYEN).
Governance and Participation
Under this programme area CPDC has sought to answer the call for enhanced accountability and participatory approaches to governance in the region. Importantly, however this programme area gives priority focus to ensuring that the NGO sector itself adheres to the highest standards of accountability. CPDC piloted a civil society Code of Conduct and draft NGO Legislation. Moreover, under this programme area CPDC strives to ensure that it builds the capacity of key group to participate effectively in decision making processes. In 2003 CPDC hosted the Consultation on Maximising CSO Contribution to Democracy. CPDC published Governance and Participation: Restoring the Role of the Citizen (2002) and Caribbean Beacon:Vote More Women into Parliament (2004) under this programme.
This programme areas aims to ensure that the sustainable livelihoods of peoples in the Caribbean are protected through the development of innovative strategies and partnerships. Under this programme area undertook a major initiative to foster better linkages between Agriculture and Tourism in St. Lucia (2004). This involved bringing small farmers and hotels together in order to develop agreed standards to ensure a better market for agricultural produce.