The University of the West Indies (UWI) has signed an agreement with the United Kingdom (UK) Government to facilitate development research on climate change, disaster resilience, security and justice, and prospects for economic growth.
The agreement was signed last Friday by Mark George, deputy head of the Department for International Development and Professor Winston Moore of the UWI’s Economics Department, Cave Hill Campus, during a meeting here which discussed issues facing Commonwealth Caribbean countries.
George warmly welcomed the collaboration with UWI academics whom he noted were very well placed to undertake the research, which, once complete, will inform the UK Government’s future aid programme for countries in the region.
Professor Moore said the research would be able to demonstrate the complex nature of development challenges in the region. The UWI spokesman also suggested that in order to understand the context of the Caribbean, it was important to look deeply into a range of indicators and trends rather than merely using income per head measures to assess the status of development.
The study is to be completed by the end of August. (PR)