International Women’s Day – Press for Change

The Caribbean Policy Development Centre (CPDC) has been a strong advocate for women’s empowerment and equal rights for over two and a half decades. As we celebrate this International Women’s Day, CPDC takes this opportunity to re-affirm our commitment and support of all efforts to advance gender equality in the Caribbean.

As we press for progress, we wish to bring your attention to the recently proclaimed Law on Sexual Harassment in the Workplace in Barbados. We call upon the Barbadian government to ensure that this law is enforced, adhered to and when breached penalized. We commend the relevant stakeholders for ensuring that the Employment Sexual Harassment (Prevention) Act 2017 did indeed become a reality. The enactment of this law has been long overdue not only in Barbados but regionally. Though the law is gender neutral, providing protection for both men and women, statistically, women have been disproportionately affected by this form of harassment. This makes this law all the more timely.

Furthermore, we encourage Barbadian employers to comply with the six-month deadline to introduce and/or reinforce the practices outlined in Section 4 of the Act which mandates that all employers introduce “a clear Sexual Harassment Policy Statement, which should be issued by the Employer to each Employee on the commencement of their employment”.

We encourage our colleagues in civil society to uphold and reinforce the standards associated with this law to ensure, that, within the sector, there are always in compliance. Moreover, we urge them to foster a culture of intolerance to workplace sexual harassment within their organizations.

Collective action and shared responsibility for driving gender parity are and have always been key propellants in the fight for gender equality thus far. We continue to urge all Caribbean governments to move towards accomplishing the vision and ensure that the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are adopted and implemented in their countries. In particular, that SDG 5: Gender Equality is achieved in part through the eradication of sexual harassment in the workplace in the Caribbean.

We firmly believe that as women’s circumstances in life improve, families and by extension communities and nation-states, also achieve a higher standard and quality of living. CPDC will always be an ally in the struggle and continue to press for Women’s Equality and Equity

USAID is providing Comprehensive Capacity Grants for NGOs in the Eastern and Southern Caribbean

In support of USAID’s development objectives, RTI International is implementing a project: Local Capacity for Local Solutions award. Under this project, Comprehensive Capacity Grants will be awarded with an approximate value ranging from $8,000.00 to $15,000.00 (over a 12-month period). The purpose of the Comprehensive Capacity Grants is to strengthen the operational and managerial capacity of NGOs so that they can be more efficient, effective, and sustainable in their operations and better contribute to development goals in their countries. The grant will pay for the time of employees of the NGO to participate in capacity building activities and, in select cases, to apply their skills to develop policies, systems, or structures that will help these organizations improve their operations.

Who is Eligible:

Any Non-U.S. NGOs that are:

  • implementing activities in one of the key USAID sectors: youth/citizen security[1] (priority sector); HIV/AIDS; LGBTI; or the environment;
  • registered and working in at least one of the following countries: Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, St. Lucia, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Suriname, and Trinidad and Tobago.
  • interested in improving their organizational and managerial capacity by fully participating in capacity building activities; and
  • A priority will be placed on NGOs that work with USAID-funded projects, although this is not a requirement.

In order to be eligible for a grant, applicants must:

  • be legally registered and operating in one of the six countries mentioned above;
  • have physical space to conduct their activities;
  • have a proven track record of successful implementation of projects in the proposed county;
  • have been active for at least 3 years operating within their sector and respective country;
  • have at least three (3) staff; which can be a mix of full-time, part-time and volunteers;
  • be directly responsible for the preparation and management of the project – not acting as an intermediary/consultant;
  • be willing to comply with all technical and financial requirements for participation in the program, including reporting and documentation of project activities; and
  • be willing to participate in assessments, training, workshops, or other activities considered important for achieving project goals and be eligible to receive funded awards from the United State government.

Terms of Reference/Application form:


Application Process:

Submissions are to be sent to the RTI via electronic mail to Only typed, electronic submissions will be accepted.

Application Deadline: Sunday 8th July 2018 by 5:00 pm (UTC/GMT -4).

Applicants may only submit one Concept Note per organization.