United Nations Development Programme receives US $100,000 grant

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Subregional Office for Barbados and Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) and the United States Agency for International Development’s (USAID) Barbados and Eastern Caribbean Office just signed a US $100,000 grant agreement to support the implementation of citizen’s engagement and dialogue initiatives, as a key component of its Inclusive Governance programme assistance to strengthen and modernize Caribbean democratic institutions and traditions.

Referencing recent global events UNDP Resident Representative and UN Resident Coordinator, Ms. Michelle Gyles-McDonnough at the signing ceremony noted that, “In the Caribbean we are still fortunate that there is no unease about the concept of democracy itself, but disquiet and disgruntlement within Caribbean democracies call on us to sit up and pay attention. It says we need to embrace fully that most valuable instrument that democracy offers us – freedom – to widen our space for democratic dialogue; to provide the opportunity for all actors in our democracies, including the most vulnerable, to engage in vigorous, but peaceful debate…

UNDP and USAID collaboration will not only stimulate dialogue on current governance issues and trends but will begin of an active donor partnership to assist in the formulation of new policy and programme directions to support sustainable well-being of Caribbean states and people. | UNDP is the UN’s global development network, advocating for change and connecting countries to knowledge, experience and resources to help people build a better life. They're on the ground in 166 countries, working with them on their own solutions to global and national development challenges. As they develop local capacity, they draw on the people of UNDP and their wide range of partners.

In presenting the UNDP Resident Representative with the US$100,000 grant on behalf of USAID, Charge d’Affaires of the U.S. Embassy, Mr. Christopher Sandrolini, noted that USAID was pleased to support UNDP research and data analysis which will be presented in the first Caribbean Human Development Report. In addressing UNDP and USAID representatives participating in the signing ceremony, he stated that, “We commend the UNDP on taking this extra effort to engage the public in a dialogue on the findings of the report, including policy and programmatic recommendations and look forward to open and wide ranging public discourse that will ensue.”

The USAID grant will support UNDP communications and advocacy interventions as follow-up to national and regional consultations hosted by UNDP Caribbean Offices in August and September this year on the preliminary findings of the UNDP Caribbean Human Development Report on Citizen Security. The Report will be finalized and launched in early 2012.

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