OAS and UWI Strengthen social Protection Capacity in the Caribbean

The Executive Secretariat for integral Development of the Organization of American States (OAS) through its Inter-American Social Protection Network (IASPN) and the University of the West Indies (UWI), Mona Campus, Jamaica have partnered to deliver a Post Graduate Diploma on Social Protection for professionals of Ministries of Social Development and similar public sector institutions in the Caribbean.

The Diploma was publicly launched at the Third Caribbean Workshop on Social Protection and International Cooperation on September 27, 2013 at the Hilton Barbados Resort by Dr. Heather Ricketts of UWI and Kim Osborne of the OAS.

The Diploma was publicly launched at the Third Caribbean Workshop on Social Protection and International Cooperation held at Hilton Barbados Resort with Dr. Heather Ricketts of UWI and Kim Osborne of the OAS.

The OAS and UWI by combining efforts and competencies will employ a blended mode of delivery consisting of on-line learning through the OAS Education Portal of the Americas and a two week on-site at UWI, Mona Campus in Jamaica.

The Diploma is designed to allow for knowledge sharing among professionals while providing a full complement of tools and methodologies for social policy design, program delivery and most important program monitoring and evaluation.

Dr. Ricketts at the launch of the Diploma indicated that the collaboration of OAS and UWI facilitated the realization of UWI’s vision of being “globally recognized, regionally integrated, innovative, internationally competitive and deeply rooted in all aspects of Caribbean development”.

For the OAS this represents an opportunity to strengthen the institutional and human resource capacity of our region by ensuring that sound policies and programs that underpin sustainable development are developed.

The program commenced Monday 30 September, 2013 and will run until July 2014. The OAS has awarded scholarships to the first cohort of 28 participants from Caribbean member states.

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