CCWG History and Composition
A pilot phase of the CCWG was implemented between 2014-2016 with support from the Commonwealth Foundation. Under the European Union funded project “Support to Facilitate Participation of CARIFORUM Civil Society in the Regional Development and Integration Process” a comprehensive review of the CCWG was commissioned and the report recommendations were accepted.
The CCWG has since been updated and expanded to include fourteen (14) CSOs from across the CARIFORUM region, operating at both a national and regional level. CPDC functions as the lead organisation and implementing agency. Organisations become CCWG members, if on submission of an expression of interest to a valid call for expression, and an evaluation committee finds that they meet the following minimum criteria:
- Legal character;
- Programme areas of relevance to CCWG priorities;
- Experience in policy advocacy and/or research;
- Experience in social/community mobilization; and
- A thorough understanding of development issues as it relates to the Caribbean.
During a September 2017 General Assembly, CCWG members agreed to the formation of a Steering Committee and a Technical Working Group. The Steering Committee is responsible for providing governance oversight on behalf of the participating member organisations of the CCWG. They are also charged with selecting persons who form part of their membership to serve on the Technical Working Group (TWG). The main aim of the TWG is to assist with strategic inquiry of relevant political and public policy environment and present strategic options to the Steering Committee. As Chair of the Steering Committee, CPDC provided guidance on the CCWG mechanism process as required, and to monitor participation and performance of the member organizations.