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Jamaica celebrates Local Government Month (2016)

  Jamaica celebrates Local Government Month (2016)   Jamaica kicked off its Local Government and Community Month under the theme ‘Rebuilding Civic Pride in Your Community and Mine’ with a service on October 31, 2016. The celebrations will run from November 01 – 30, 2016, and will consist of a range of activities in parishes to highlight the role of local government in sustainable development.   This year, CARILED will partner

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Local Government Reform and LED on Caribbean Agenda

In April 2016, as part of the Caribbean Urban Forum 2016 in Paramaribo, Suriname, CARILED held a policy dialogue on the space for LED in local, national and regional development.  CARILED produced an outcome report titled, “Regional Dialogue on Factors Essential to Empower Local Authorities to Effectively Facilitate LED: Lessons from the Caribbean,” from that session, showcasing the Caribbean lessons learnt since 2012.  The concept paper focuses

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Local Engagement needed for Ease of Doing Business

Over the last 18 months,  CARILED provided technical assistance to local authorities in Belize and Jamaica, to conduct assessments, consult local businesses and jointly identify, prioritize and act on recommendations to make communities more business-friendly. The activities were focused on understanding and supporting “Ease of Doing Business” within the local economies. One such recommendation led to The Belize Mayor’s Association (BMA),

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Local Economic Development Planning on track in the Caribbean

CARILED continues to support the creation and implementation of Local Economic Development Strategic Plans (LSPs) in its countries of focus. The City of Belmopan, Belize will launch its public awareness campaign for its LED Strategic Plan in Q1 of FY 2016 – 2017, using tools developed in partnership with CARILED.   In the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States, CARILED supported the development and revision of LED Strategic Plans in Laborie

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The CLGF launched its Caribbean office and Regional Programme

The Commonwealth Local Government Forum launched its Caribbean office and Regional Programme under the CLGF-EC Grant Agreement on “Strengthening local government’s role as a partner in development” from March 21-22, 2016  in Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago.  The launch was attended by local government association delegates from 8 Caribbean countries, representatives from Ministries with responsibility for Local Government from 3 countries

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Caribbean Urban Forum 6 – Call for Papers

From April 27 – 30, 2016, the Institute for Graduate Studies and Research of Anton De Kom University of Suriname in association with the Suriname Association of Spatial Planners (in formation) welcomes participants to the sixth annual Caribbean Urban Forum (CUF2016), at the Royal Torarica Hotel, Paramaribo, Suriname.  The forum is hosted jointly with the Caribbean Network for Urban and Land Management (CNULM), the Caribbean Local Economic Development

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Jamaica prepares for Phase II – CARILED

On September 16, 2015, a meeting took place in Jamaica with administrative and political representatives from eight Parish Councils (Hanover, Portland, St. Ann, St. Elizabeth, St. James, St. Mary, St. Thomas and Trelawny Parish Councils) to raise awareness about Phase II under the CARILED program.  The meeting received greetings from The Honourable Minister Noel Arscott and Permanent Secretary Denzil Thorpe of the Ministry of Local Government and

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San Pedro Town Council leads launch of CARILED-Phase II in Belize

PRESS RELEASE   (Tuesday, September 15, 2015)   San Pedro Town Council leads launch of CARILED-Phase II in Belize   San Pedro, Belize: On Friday September 11, 2015, the Caribbean Local Economic Development Project (CARILED) and the San Pedro Town Council formalized their relationship through the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding. The agreement is part of CARILED’s Phase II approach through which additional municipalities across

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Community development highlighted at Caribbean forum

The Caribbean Local Economic Development Project (CARILED) facilitated the sharing of lessons learned within Local Economic Development projects in the 2nd Biennial Community Development Partnership Forum and Exhibition (CDPF-II) hosted by the Government of Trinidad and Tobago from July 05 – 08, 2015. CARILED supported the participation of delegates from Belize, Canada, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Jamaica and Saint Lucia. The delegation included

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CLGC held in Garborone, Botswana

The Commonwealth Local Government Forum celebrated its 20th anniversary at the hosting of its Commonwealth Local Government Conference in Garborone, Botswana from June 17 – 19, 2015. The theme of the international conference was Local Government 2030: Achieving the Vision.   Topics included cities as engines of growth and innovation, connecting urban, peri-urban and rural areas through development planning, the role of LED in ensuring sustained,

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