The Caribbean Policy Development Centre (CPDC) is a coalition of Caribbean Non-Governmental Organizations (NGO). It was established in 1991 to sensitize NGOs and the general public on key policy issues and to impact policy makers on decisions which put the interest of Caribbean people at the centre of Caribbean development.

Since its inception, the CPDC has lobbied regional and international governments on behalf of the most vulnerable sections of Caribbean populations whose voices are often less heard. With a history of lobbying and an impressive portfolio of projects and programmes implemented on behalf of Caribbean peoples, CPDC has been recognized as an important social partner in the development of the region.

Our Mandate – ’Making an Impact on Public Policy’

Our Vision- “Putting People at the Centre of Caribbean Sustainable Development”

Our Mission- “To build civil society organizations partnerships through engagement with people, governments, and other relevant partners to influence the design and implementation of policies that empower and improve the lives of Caribbean people”.

CPDC’s research and advocacy has shown how policy implemented at the international regional and national level can adversely impact the lives of Caribbean people.  Our advocacy work aims to give voice to many social sectors within the Caribbean society who would have limited opportunity to input public policies that impact their lives.

CPDC consults the Caribbean public on its research and advocacy positions, it uses the recommendations from these consultancies to lobby policy makers in an effort to influence decisions that favour Caribbean people.

CPDC regularly hosts seminars and workshops to educate its members and partners about the many implications of international and regional policy frameworks on Caribbean development and to build the capacity of regional NGOs to serve their beneficiaries.


CPDC’s Mandate is to help Caribbean NGOs to:

  • Understand how policies affecting Caribbean people are made.
  • Share information about policies and decision making processes.
  • Work to influence and bring positive change to the development process.
  • Lobby for policies which are in the interest of Caribbean people.


CPDC promotes development which:

  • Is people oriented
  • Is environmentally sustainable
  • Protects human rights
  • Is equitable in terms of gender, race, class, age and ability/disability
  • Encourages leadership and learning at all levels
  • Is based on active and effective participation of people in the decision-making process


CPDC’s Organizational Structure

The CPDC Assembly of Members is its highest decision making body which decides on thematic priorities. The Assembly elects a Board of Directors to manage and monitor its programs between assemblies. The Board functions through specialized committees each of which works to enhance an aspect of CPDC’s institutional capacity to deliver its programs. The hub for the coordination and implementation of CPDC’s programs is the Regional Secretariat based in Barbados.


Strategic Representation & Actions

  • Civil Society Representative on OTN Working Group on Labour and Environment (2011)
  • Lead Consultants CARICOM/EU Civil Society Project (2010- 2011)
  • Member IADB Civil Society Mechanisms since 2000 (Civil Society Advisory Council, renamed Civil Society Consulting Group in 2009)
  • UNECLAC- Sub-regional headquarters for the High Level Advisory Committee: Review of the Economies of Climate Change in the Caribbean
  • CPDC is represented on the Caribbean Accreditation Authority for Education in Medicine and other Health Professionals (CAAM-HP)
  • CPDC chairs the Civil Society Sector Sub-Committee on Disaster Management of Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA)
  • CPDC sits on the project steering Committee of CDEMA’s ACP-EU Natural Disaster Risks Management Sub- Regional Programme
  • CPDC funded project for Grenada Rural Development Programme (Post Ivan) which included micro- enterprise funding and house repair and rebuilding.
  • Strategic Research on Caribbean Catastrophe Risk Insurance Facility ( 2009)
  • Initiated and manages the National Working Committees on Trade (NWCTs) in seven Caribbean countries
  • Chair of the NGO Working Group on the World Bank (2000- 2002)
  • Civil Society Representative on the CARICOM Joint Consultative Committee (1995- 2002)
  • Caribbean Representatives Civil Society ACP- EU Working Group
  • CPDC pioneered the development of Civil Society Code of Conduct
  • Regional policy advocacy on draft model NGO legislation for adoption in all CARICOM countries
  • Initiated the Caribbean NGO Reference Group on External Relations (CRG)
  • CPDC chairs the Civil Society Sector Sub-Committee on Disaster Management of Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA)
  • CPDC sits on the project steering Committee of CDEMA’s ACP-EU Natural Disaster Risks Management Sub- Regional Programme


CPDC’s Programmatic Focus

  • Governance and Participation
  • Sustainable Development
  • Capacity Building
  • Trade and Economic Development Liberalisation
  • Gender is prioritized as a cross thematic issue within CPDC Programming


CPDC’s Members

CPDC’s members comprised of thirty-three (33) regional, national NGO networks and individuals. An NGO is a non-profit entity working with people to achieve long-term improvements in the quality of their lives. NGOs often form common platforms or networks at either the national or regional level in order to increase their visibility and support each other’s work.

CPDC both directly and through its members, works with groups of farmers, rural people, women, youth, church members, artists, researchers, professionals, media workers, small business people and policy makers.

How to become a CPDC Member.