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Developing Sustainable Leadership Development in the Caribbean

January 31 2018 - by The Caribbean Leadership Project

Key to the success of the Caribbean Leadership Project (CLP) –funded by the Government of Canada - is the development and implementation of a robust strategy for the sustainability of leadership development in the region. In light of this, the CLP has established a Technical Working Group (TWG) to facilitate the development of the vision, strategy and implementation plan for a sustainable leadership development programme at the end of the project cycle, in early 2019. To this end, the CLP has convened a two-day TWG meeting at the Accra Beach Hotel & Spa in Barbados, from January 30-31, 2018.

As announced by CLP’s Project Director, Ms. Colleen Rossiter, at the Opening Ceremony for the TWG meeting, “This programme will be called the Caribbean Leadership Programme and will be established within the Caribbean Centre for Development Administration (CARICAD).”  This is in alignment with CARICAD’s regional mandate for public sector transformation and improving the administrative capability to accelerate social and economic development in the region.

In her remarks at the Opening Ceremony, Her Excellency Marie Legault - High Commissioner of Canada to Barbados & the OECS - expressed support for the collaboration between the CLP and CARICAD. She also commended the CLP’s progress to date, in training over 250 senior executives in the public sector, and equipping them to tackle regional wicked issues. “It is important to have a strong public sector that can tackle those issues and... work together as a region,” she noted.

Looking ahead, CARICAD’s Executive Director, Mr. Devon Rowe, remarked that “we are particularly pleased that we have been able to be seen as a worthy successor to the Caribbean Leadership Project.” He further added that working with the distinguished TWG members from across the region, “will help us to create not only a vision but an opportunity for sustainability as we go forward with leadership development being executed through CARICAD.”

The members of the TWG include representatives from the CLP, CARICAD, CARICOM Secretariat, The University of the West Indies (Cave Hill and St. Augustine Campuses), Barbados, Guyana, Jamaica and the OECS.


Members of the Technical Working Group at the meeting on Developing the Vision, Strategy and Implementation Plan for Sustainable Leadership Development in the Caribbean.