CLGF projects in the Americas
Through its programmes in the region, CLGF is strengthening its regional presence and working more closely with members to build on the success of past activities. Information about specific country activities and projects can be found on the country pages.
Strengthening local government’s role as a partner in development (2014 - 2017)
CLGF launched a new regional programme in the Caribbean at the 2016 Caribbean regional meeting on 21-23 March 2016 in Port of Spain, Trinidad. The meeting was hosted in collaboration with CALGA, the Trinidad and Tobago Ministry of Rural Development and Local Government and TTALGA. The two-day meeting was part of CLGF’s EU-funded work in the region to strengthen the role of local government as a partner in development and dachieving the SDGs ain teh Caribbean.
The programme will provide for regional exchange and coordination, and also support three country level pilot projects working with the national LGAs, ministries of local government, and a set of pilot councils on local government’s ability to contribute to achieving the SDGs.
The regional event brought together key representatives from local and central government from Antigua and Barbuda, the Bahamas, Belize, Dominica, Guyana, Jamaica, St Kitts and Nevis, St Lucia, and Trinidad and Tobago as well as other stakeholders including private sector partners.
The meeting discussed the role and challenges of local government in the Caribbean, within the context of the SDG commitments. The recommendations from the meeting highlighted the key role of local government in ensuring people-centred sustainable development and welcomed the SDGs as a framework for delivering global and national priorities at the local level. While many of local government's existing responsibilities already contribute directly to achieving the SDGs, a number of key challenges facing local government in playing its full role in development were highlighted; among these are access to resources, the need for adequate funding, local autonomy, enabling legislation to empower local government, increased engagement with the local community in decision making, better coordinated advocacy by local government and national associations of local government to promote their role in development. Participants also called for stronger, more meaningful partnerships between local, regional and central government.
Three countries - Dominica, Jamaica, and Trinidad and Tobago - are now setting up projects with three councils in each of the countries, drawing on best practice in localising the SDGs. The projects will develop models of implementing the SDGs at local level, with emphaasis on aligning work with the national development plans and polcieis of each country.
Caribbean Local Economic Development Project
The Caribbean Local Economic Development Project (CARILED) is a six year project to develop and test models of Local Economic Development (LED) across the Caribbean. The project is being implemented by the Federation of Canadian Municipalities, in partnership with CALGA, CFLGM and CLGF. The CARILED project has headquarters in Trinidad and Tobago, and project teams in Belize, Guyana, Jamaica and Saint Lucia (OECS Sub-Office). The project worked in 24 communities in seven countries (Belize, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Jamaica, Saint Lucia, and Trinidad and Tobago) to support local governments and agencies towards fostering sustainable local economic development in Caribbean communities through the growth of micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs).