The Inter-American Development Bank’s Third Annual Retreat of Caribbean Civil Society Organisations will be held in Bridgetown on May 30 and 31 at the Hilton Barbados Hotel.
The retreat seeks to provide an opportunity for the IDB and Caribbean civil society, represented through the ConSOC mechanism, to discuss developmental challenges, share experiences and explore options for further collaboration in the IDB’s relationship with civil society organisations in the Caribbean. Moreover, the gathering will give ConSOC from the different Caribbean countries the opportunity to network and explore potential synergies.
The ConSOC is a forum for exchanging information, strengthening dialogue, and facilitating ongoing consultations between the IDB and the civil society organisations that are pertinent to the IDB’s work in the 26 countries where it operates. Through ConSOC, the IDB seeks to obtain comments and suggestions from Caribbean civil society organisations regarding the IDB’s initiatives, in order to improve its effectiveness in the social and economic development of borrowing countries.
More than 80 delegates from from Barbados, Bahamas, Guyana, Jamaica, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago, Belize and Haiti are expected to attend the by-invitation-only event. The meeting will be inaugurated by Minister of Finance and Economic Affairs, Christopher Sinckler, and IDB Vice President Roberto Vellutini.
Topics for discussion will include Economic Perspective and Opportunities in Micro-enterprises, Gender, Water Security and Services in the Caribbean, among others.
The IDB considers civil society organisations as key partners in the development of the region, and highly values the contribution these organisations make as technical experts, knowledge generators, innovators, agents of change and project implementers. The bank uses a broad and inclusive definition of what constitutes a civil society organisation, including Non-Governmental Organisations, community groups, non-profit organisations, foundations, business associations, universities, academia, research centres and professional associations, religious institutions, and other groups of particular interest to the IDB.