EU to launch quarter million dollar grant fund for Barbadian NGO’s
Around ten Non-Governmental Organisations in Barbados stand to benefit from a $250,000 European Union funded grants programme with emphasis on human rights and human resource development.
This was announced by Head of the European Union Delegation to Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean, Ambassador Valeriano Diaz, who said the initiative will be co-ordinated by the EU-funded Non-State Actors (NSA) Panel, which is chaired by community and social worker Rodney Grant. Ambassador’s Diaz’s comments came during a cocktail reception on 14 December to commemorate World Human Rights Day, which was attended by various NGOs across Barbados.
In noting that the EU has made clear progress on such human rights issues as gender, sexual orientation and the abolition of the death penalty, the EU ambassador said there was no room for complacency.
‘The EU continues to fight racism, xenophobia and other types of discrimination based on religion, gender, disability or sexual. There are also particular concerns about human rights in the area of asylum and migration,” Diaz said.
During the reception Miss Barbados World Taisha Carrington gave an overview of her charity, while Grant provided insight into the work and scope of the NSA panel since its establishment in mid-2006.
Amongst the NGO’s in attendance were the Barbados Council for the Disabled which was represented by Senator Kerri-Ann Ifill, Deputy President of the Senate; the Barbados Association of Retired Persons (BARP); The AIDS Foundation of Barbados; The Barbados Bar Association; the Learning Centre; Code Red Feminist Outreach; the National Union of Public Workers; the Congress of Trade Unions and Staff Associations; The Hope Foundation; Pinelands Creative Workshop; the Myasthenia Gravis Association; the National Council on Substance Abuse, the Paralympics Association of Barbados and the Diabetes Association of Barbados.
Preceding the announced NGO grants programme the EU in association with the University of the West Indies Open Campus and the NSA Panel recently launched a certificate programme in NGO management, with the aim of providing a pool of trained persons who will be available to improve the management capabilities of NGOs.