The Foundation is supporting the work of its regional partner, the Caribbean Policy Development Centre (CPDC) to establish a Caribbean Consultative Working Group (CCWG).
Currently there is no structured mechanism for civil society engagement with regional Caribbean policy makers such as CARICOM (The Caribbean Community). Engagement is adhoc and there is expressed dissatisfaction by both governments and civil society on the quality and nature of the engagement.
The CCWG is a multi-sectoral thematic grouping of civil society representatives. The pilot will work with representatives from six Caribbean nations – Antigua and Barbuda, Grenada, Guyana, Jamaica, St. Vincent and the Grenadines and Trinidad and Tobago and aims to enhance cooperation with civil society in the Caribbean region to dialogue with CARICOM Heads of Government and advocate on behalf of the sector and Caribbean society.
The CCWG will develop a regional agenda to identify key CSO priority areas for policy analysis and advocacy; streamline sector interventions; and, represent civil society voices in key regional and inter-governmental spaces. As the CCWG becomes established and the mechanisms through which it will function are refined and more effective, this pilot can be expanded to include a wider regional representation.