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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 on the need for a regional position on local governments and local economic development, led by the Caribbean Association of Local Government Authorities (CALGA).

While sustainability has always been an overarching lens for the CARILED programme, as its closure approaches in March 2017, the programme has begun to focus on key deliverables that can support sustainability regionally.  CARILED will continue to hold consultations with both CALGA and a Technical Working Group on LED to discuss and decide on this regional level sustainability effort.

The Technical Working Group (TWG) for LED held a virtual meeting on  August 8, 2016, to review a policy Outcome Report on the regional policy dialogue on LED and the status of local government reform in the Caribbean.  The Group then held its Fifth Regular Meeting on September 2-3, 2016,  which focused on critical national issues affecting the sustainability of LED at the local, national and regional levels.  Representatives of CALGA, local government and local government associations from seven participating countries took part in the discussions.  Participants agreed to work together towards developing a follow-up policy document that would include an update on local government reforms in the 7 CARILED-participating countries, the consensus positions highlighted in the Outcome Report and localizing the SDGs.  CARILED hosted both the virtual and regular TWG meetings, and will be providing technical assistance to support the development of a new policy document on local government reform and LED in the Caribbean.

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