The Caribbean Policy Development Centre (CPDC) in partnership with the European Union (EU) undertook a joint grant partnership. The project “Support to Facilitate Participation of CARIFORUM Civil Society in the Regional Development and Integration Process” sought to build the capacity of the Non-Governmental Sector in the Caribbean through the implementation of a number of specific actions.

CPDC addressed two major limitations within the CARIFORUM civil society which were:

  • The lack of capacity to effectively engage the policy process, and
  • The lack of an institutionalized mechanism to facilitate dialogue between civil society and CARIFORUM governments.

Project Objective:
To improve the regional and national CARIFORUM civil society organisations’ (CSOs) effectiveness in regional development and integration processes.

Project Activities Included:

  1. Building the capacity of CARIFORUM civil society organizations to influence policy dialogue and increase advocacy:
    · Creation of CARIFORUM CSO Civil Society Working Group;
    · Assessment of the Enabling Environment for CSOs;
    · Targeted information campaign on EPA and CSME issues for vulnerable groups; and
    · Establishment of an Institutional base for CARIFORUM Consultative Committee of the EPA.
  2. CARIFORUM civil society organisations good governance policies enhanced:
    · Creation of NGO Good Governance Assessments and Tools; and
    · Advocacy Campaign on NGO Legislation.
  3. Improved access to resources (knowledge, skills, tools, funds) by NGO personnel for more effective engagement in regional development and integration processes:
    · Provision of institutional audits and grants to NGOs including vulnerable groups;
    · Delivery of NGO Management and Leadership Training Programme;
    · CSO Volunteer Youth Recruitment Guide and Campaign; and
    · CSO database and knowledge management portal/materials.