The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted all aspects of social and economic life within Barbados and the wider Caribbean. The pandemic has exacerbated the plight of many individuals and sectors categorised as socially and economically vulnerable in our societies and communities. NGOs are often considered key interlocutors, providing services/representation for many socially and economically marginalised sectors. However, NGOs have also experienced many challenges as a direct result of the pandemic, indicating a concerning trend of declining financial and human resources when the demand for services and representations to those most vulnerable in our communities and societies is increasing. Adapting to the ‘new normal’ of online methods of operation is one of the key short-term priorities of the sector as the regions continue to contend with a pandemic and great uncertainty as to when normalcy will return to the island.
In partnership with the Inter-American Development Bank, the Caribbean Policy Development Centre (CPDC) will be providing technical assistance to the Barbadian NGO Community to enhance their operational capacity in the COVID-19 environment. This action will address the challenges faced by the NGO sector to navigate the new normal and improve the delivery of services to their beneficiaries.
- Enhanced operational capacity of NGOs to provide critical development services through the training of skills to utilise Information and Communication Technologies to communicate and provide services to their beneficiaries and improved resource mobilisation capacity.