Changing face of civil society in the Caribbean?

Mark Nowottny is Coordination and Planning Manager at CIVICUS, and is currently based at the offices of CIVICUS member the Caribbean Policy Development Centre in Barbados.

On Tuesday 20 March, CIVICUS co-hosted, with the Association of Development Agencies, a national consultation in Kingston, Jamaica on the changing global environment and state of civil society. The consultation formed part of the CIVICUS alliance’s process of setting new strategic directions and a new civil society agenda for 2013 to 2017, but also explored the needs and possibilities for civil society strengthening in the Caribbean. Continue reading

Jamaica, the Caribbean, and global governance

By Professor Neville Duncan

Professor Neville Duncan is Director of the Sir Arthur Lewis Institute for Social and Economic Studies at the University of the West Indies, Jamaica. Here, Professor Duncan shares his thoughts on the failure of global governance and the impact on the Caribbean

The potentially massive changes in the global political economy, which may lead to a great depression, along with dangerous rattles of war in the Middle East, potential oil crises, massive increases in food prices presaging hunger and food scarcity, and water crises leave all current global governance institutions on the cusp of having to undertake radical reform.

Already, the World Trade Organisation needs to be pronounced dead, along with post-Lomé trade and investments. The Enterprise of the Americas has ceased, while small states’ organisations lack effective global structures in relation to both environmental issues as well as their own survival in the world economic system. Virtually all other organisations of immediate interest to the Caribbean are under-funded or almost moribund.  Continue reading

CIVICUS reaches out to Caribbean

As CIVICUS: World Alliance for Citizen Participation pilots its outreach efforts in the Caribbean, CIVICUS Board Member and regional ambassador Amsale Maryam attended the Commonwealth/Caribbean Regional Civil Society Consultation in Eastern Demerara, Guyana. Over fifty representatives of ten island nations were present, with participants coming from Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Belize, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Jamaica, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines and Trinidad and Tobago, as well as from the prominent regional and international institutions. Continue reading