Happy Holidays from CPDC


During the holiday season more than ever, our thoughts turn gratefully to those who have made our progress possible. It is in this spirit we say, simply but sincerely Thank you and Best Wishes for the Holiday Season! We look forward to working with you in the years to come.

University of Turin and Ong2.0 – Masters/Post-Graduate Certificate in ICT4D

International agencies and non-profit organizations are increasingly looking for project managers and development professionals who have excellent capabilities on the use of digital innovation technologies for social good. This Master provides both theoretical and practical proficiency concerning the deployment of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) tools for international development and social good.

Human Rights Training Columbia University: Institute for the Study of Human Rights – Call for Applications 2019 Human Rights Advocates Program

The Program is designed for human rights activists working with NGOs on issues including sexual and gender-based violence, minority rights, LGBT rights, labor rights, migration, health, social exclusion, environmental justice, disability rights, and corporate social accountability.

Participants are selected on the basis of their previous work experience in human rights, commitment to the human rights field, and demonstrated ability to pursue graduate-level studies.


IDB Course – Meaningful Stakeholder Engagement Course – Inter-American Development Bank

A five-week on-line course offers an overview of the principles and content that should be present for a consultation process to be considered “meaningful”. The course reflects on principles and gives overall guidance, rather than a standard blueprint or “one size fits all” approach, it addresses three aspects of how consultation is approached in IDB policies and how good practice has evolved.


Global Affairs Canada – Call for Proposals

Call for proposals – Health and Rights for Women, Adolescent girls and Children

Global Affairs Canada has launched a call for proposals as part of Canada’s historic investment to promote the health and rights of women and girls around the world, which was announced on June 4, 2019. This call will support projects that improve the quality of, access to and demand for integrated health services and information for women, adolescents and children at the community, health facility and health system levels.


U.S Embassy Grants – US Embassy Provides Grants to Barbados and the OECS for US $5,000.00 to US $20,000.00.

The Public Affairs Grants program is PAS grants help further the Embassy’s mission in the critical areas of citizen security, empowering youth, inclusion of marginalized people, strengthening civil society, education, culture, and environment/climate change mitigation. Your gateway to receiving funds for your ideas and projects. Grants are offered to Barbados and Eastern Caribbean countries for $US 5,000 to $2000.


You’re invited! [WEBINAR] Beautiful Trouble: Designing Campaigns that WIN

How do we effectively mobilise and campaign for change with limited funding, in repressed or closed spaces?

Innovation for Change in partnership with //beautifultrouble.org/ are hosting a webinar to explore strategic creative actions from around the world.

Join us as we share some innovative tactics used to combat autocracy and austerity and highlight the lessons, available tools, and best practices from progressive campaigns globally.

The details are as follows:

DATE: 16 August 2019
TIME: 12 – 12:45pm GMT
CALL LINK: https://zoom.us/j/509017787
PRESENTED BY: Nadine Bloch

Please register at info@innovationforchange.net to save your spot. We’ll send you a calendar invite ahead of the event and a recording of the webinar afterwards.

Nadine Bloch is the Training Director for Beautiful Trouble. As an innovative artist, nonviolent action practitioner, political organizer, direct-action trainer, and puppetista, she combines the principles and strategies of people power with creative use of the arts in cultural resistance and public protest. Her work has been featured nationally and locally, in newspapers like The Washington Post and magazines from Ms. to Time. She is a contributor to the book Beautiful Trouble: A Toolbox for Revolution (2012, O/R Press); Beautiful Rising: Creative Resistance from the Global South (2017, O/R Press) and We Are Many, Reflections on Movement Strategy from Occupation to Liberation (2012, AK Press). She is the author of a Special Report Education & Training in Nonviolent Resistance (2016, US Institutes of Peace.) and the co-author of SNAP:An Action Guide to Synergizing Nonviolent Action and Peacebuilding (2019, USIP.) Check out her column on the blog WagingNonviolence,“The Arts of Protest.”

Feel free to share this invitation with others.

Call For Proposals: Public Diplomacy Small Grants

The U.S. Embassy Kingston Public Affairs Section of the U.S. Department of State is pleased to announce that funding is available through its Public Diplomacy Small Grants Program for creative new ideas and projects that align with our Mission Goals and the 2020 U.S. Strategy for Engagement in the Caribbean. The programs should work to engender a more secure and prosperous Jamaica, increase mutual understanding between the U.S. and Jamaica, and promote the bilateral relationship.

Learn more: bit.ly/2yWDEqX 

#SparkYouthPower campaign on International Youth Day!

There is an available opportunity to join the #SparkYouthPower campaign on International Youth Day.

Young activists face many roadblocks when trying to create change, from lack of access to resources to tokenism and age discrimination. This year, CIVICUS wants to focus on inspiring the world with solutions that can help youth create impact!

On August 12th, use the hashtag #SparkYouthPower to express your ideas and existing solutions on how to improve youth participation in civil society.

Share your solutions on Twitter, Instagram or Facebook! We will be interacting with your posts during the day and amplifying your voice with the wider CIVICUS alliance.

Become a Youth Action Team Leader

The CIVICUS Youth Action Team is looking for new members! Applications are open for two activists from Europe, two from the Americas and one from the Pacific. They will serve a renewable mandate of 12 to 14 months.

The CIVICUS Youth Action Team is an established group of young members that provide strategic guidance on how youth participation issues can be better mainstreamed in CIVICUS’ programmes, and how CIVICUS Youth can develop new activities aimed specifically at strengthening youth participation in civil society.

If you respond yes to the following questions, apply here https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/YATnominations before 31 August 2019!

  •  Are you a young activist 30 years old or younger?
  • Are you engaged in your community through social movements, students associations, civil society organisations or community groups to promote a sustainable, peaceful and just world order and systemic change?
  • Do you belong to a network of young activists in your community, country or region in Europe, the Americas or the Pacific?
  • Do you feel confident in providing your perspectives and insights to the CIVICUS alliance on good practices to increase youth inclusion and champion meaningful youth participation across the alliance?
  • Are you eager and available to work with a virtual and multicultural team for the next year, have access to an international network of activists in the global south and be part of a team steering an international community of over a thousand young activists?
  • Are you a CIVICUS voting member?

Types of Members at CIVICUS:

There are two types of members at CIVICUS: associate members and voting members.

The latter can vote for YAT candidates, nominate and vote for Board of Directors members and have input on other strategic priorities.

Voting members are invited to contribute with a fee, but fees are optional for organisations with an income of under $80,000/year as well as for individual members.

If you would like to upgrade your membership, please contact membership@civicus.org before submitting your YAT application.

YAT Terms of Reference

Please read the YAT Terms of Reference before submitting your application form. Click on the link to access it: http://bit.ly/2GWbSj3

The application form requires you to answer a few questions and submit a short video where you explain why your involvement in the YAT will contribute to creating a civil society that is more inclusive of and accountable to youth.

Shortlisted candidates will be presented for election to CIVICUS Youth voting members in September 2019. Make sure to upgrade your membership if you want to vote!

Time commitment

YAT members are required to commit to 8 – 10 hours per month implementing the YAT strategy, which includes:

  • Attending monthly virtual calls
  • Providing feedback on CIVICUS youth programming
  • Acting as an ambassador of CIVICUS Youth
  • Mobilizing networks to improve youth participation in civil society
  • Contributing to CIVICUS Strategic Priorities

The application form will be open until 31 August January 2019 at 23:59 pm GMT + 2.

Please share this call with all regional youth networks and movements you feel should be represented in CIVICUS’ Youth Action Team 2019 – 2021.

Please e-mail youth@civicus.org for any queries.

Capacity Development Workshop: Monitoring and Evaluation

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) is funding a three-year Local Capacity for Local Solutions project geared at improving the managerial and operational capacity of non-governmental organizations (NGOs) in the Eastern and Southern Caribbean (ESC). The project will utilize innovative methods that support organizations to be more efficient, effective and sustainable. RTI International is the prime implementer of the project and the Caribbean Policy Development Centre (CPDC) is a contracted partner.

The project will build the hard and soft skills of NGOs working in the focal areas of environment, HIV/AIDS, youth/citizen security and LGBTI.

Scholarship Offer:
The Local Capacity for Local Solutions project is offering 15 scholarships to NGO leaders/managers to attend a Capacity Development Workshop: Monitoring and Evaluation; participants will be selected on a competitive basis. The participants must work in the focal areas identified (environment, HIV/AIDS, youth/citizen security, LGBTI) and be BASED IN 1) ANTIGUA AND BARBUDA; 2) BARBADOS; 3) DOMINICA; 4) GRENADA; 5) GUYANA; 6) ST. KITTS AND NEVIS 7) ST. LUCIA; 8) ST. VINCENT AND THE GRENADINES; 9) SURINAME; OR 10) TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO.

Participants (selected organizational representatives) whose portfolio (main work activities) contains monitoring and evaluation will be prioritized.

The scholarship covers tuition, workshop materials, meals and (airfare, accommodation and incidentals for participants outside of the host country). Applicants must work in the focal sectors and countries described previously.

A letter of endorsement from the supporting organization is required, which indicates the nature of the relationship between the applicant and the endorsing organization, the reason for endorsing the applicant and the expected benefits to the organization from the applicant’s participation. (Please note your application will not be reviewed without the letter of endorsement. Candidates are expected to be endorsed by the organization that they are employed or volunteer with.)

Capacity Development Workshop: Monitoring and Evaluation

Proposed Dates: 22nd-24th May 2019

Proposed Location: Trinidad

APPLY HERE: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/G2CH5B8

Deadline for Applications: Tuesday 16th April 2019 by 11:59 pm (UTC/GMT -4).

Contact Information for Queries: cpdcsubmissions@gmail.com