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Caribbean Centre for Leadership Excellence

The Caribbean Leadership Project’s objective is to develop a lasting legacy for learning and leadership development for the region. The CLP plans to achieve this through the formation of the Caribbean Centre for Leadership Excellence (CCLE). The CCLE is envisaged to be an organisation that builds on the Leadership Development Programme, research and networks established in the CLP. It will be a virtual consortium of national and regional learning organisations that will continue to deliver a world-class, sustainable, and coordinated regional approach to experiential learning and leadership development.

To guide the establishment of the CCLE, the CLP commissioned the development of a discussion paper, incorporating best practices in the formation of similar ventures with input from key regional stakeholders. The discussion paper was prepared in two stages:

  1. First, the CLP Project Steering Committee (PSC) mandated that a study be undertaken of the International Development Research Centre (IDRC) Secretariats to glean lessons that may be applicable to the creation of the CCLE. These lessons are informative since the IDRC Secretariats were all initially donor-funded with mandates to transition to self-sustaining “going-concerns”.

  2. Second, the PSC reviewed the lessons from IDRC and provided critical policy direction. The CLP then consulted with the Management Institute for National Development (MIND) and the Cave Hill School of Business at the University of the West Indies (CHSB/UWI) to further inform the revisions of the CCLE discussion paper. The paper was then shared with a broader stakeholder grouping during the third Leadership Symposium that was held in Trinidad and Tobago in December 2014.

It is expected that the CLP will begin to formalize the structure of the CCLE by entering into Memoranda of Understanding (MOU) with participating countries and learning institutions during the fiscal year 2016-17. It is also envisioned that these participants will become partners in a permanent self-reliant organization.