The Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) prioritizes capacity building in evidence-based policy planning for Caribbean countries.
In 2017, ECLAC Caribbean organized a Subregional workshop on implementing evidence-based policy planning for sustainable development for countries benefiting from the “Planning for the Implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development in Latin America and the Caribbean” project sponsored by the GIZ. In 2019, two workshops, the “Learning Conference on implementing the Sustainable Development Agenda in the Caribbean Region” and a Regional workshop on “Integrated policies and policy coherence for the SDGs” were jointly organized by ECLAC, the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR), and the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA). These workshops aimed at promoting, among others, evidence-based approaches and processes in the Caribbean and benefitted many member States.
Currently, ECLAC Caribbean is implementing a Development Account (DA) project on “Strengthening institutional frameworks in the Caribbean for an integrative approach to implement the 2030 Agenda and the SIDS Sustainable Development Agenda.” This project seeks to strengthen institutional capacities of beneficiary countries for national development planning which integrates the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the SIDS agenda in the subregion. Antigua and Barbuda, British Virgin Islands, Dominica, Grenada, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, and Trinidad and Tobago have benefitted from one or more components of this project. Representatives of these countries have also benefitted from the workshops highlighted earlier through their participation.
As the Development Account (DA) project on “Strengthening institutional frameworks in the Caribbean for an integrative approach to implement the 2030 Agenda and the SIDS Sustainable Development Agenda” draws to an end, it is essential that beneficiary countries share experiences and lessons learned for the purpose of institutionalizing more evidence-based processes in national planning. It is also timely to implement training in areas of evidence-based approaches in which countries have been noted to have challenges.