Address: OAS Building, Vigie, Lighthouse Rd.
Castries, Saint Lucia, W.I.
Tel: (758) 452-4330 | (758) 452-1396
Fax: (758) 452-4792
Hours: 8:30 am - 4:30 pm Monday to Thursday/8:30 am - 4:00 pm Fridays
Saint Lucia joined the OAS on May 22, 1979 and the Office was then established in 1980. The names of Directors/Representatives: Sr. Johanness DeVeer, Venezuelan (1980-1986) Mr. Todd Carlysle Payne, Grenadian (1988-1996) Mr. Alphonsus Antoine, Grenadian (1997-2005) Mr. Paul O. Spencer, Antigua & Barbuda (2006-2008) Ms. Anne-Marie Blackman, Barbadian (2008-2013) Ambassador Luis Alberto Rodriguez (2014)
Welcome to the Organization of American States Saint Lucia Webpage. Our objective is to showcase the programs and activities contributing to national development. We trust that the site will promote a deeper understanding of OAS efforts in Saint Lucia. Our office was established in 1980. Our OAS Representative at the OAS National Office in Saint Lucia is Ambassador Luis Alberto Rodriguez.
Our most outstanding activities and programs are related to Integral Development, which is among the four main pillars of the Organization's work. In 2011 the work of our office has focussed on youth development and empowerment, aided by FEMCIDI funded projects such as the Community After-School Programme, the Marchand Youth Orchestra and Skills Training for Marginalized Youth, among other youth oriented activities.
Bay Gardens Inn, Rodney Bay, Saint Lucia, Tuesday August 19, 2014
The Regional Workshop entitled Development of Sustainable Energy Projects: experiences strategies and implementation held in Saint Lucia, was organized by the Department of Sustainable Development of the Organization of American States through the Energy and Climate Change Partnership of the Americas (ECPA) http://www.ecpamericas.org/ brought together the major donor partners involved in the energy sector in the region against the backdrop of increased activity in the region towards the transformation of the energy outlook of the Caribbean.
Representatives of the major development partners including the Carbon War Room, the Caribbean Development Bank, the European Union and the US Department of State are seeking to establish from country representatives the interventions that have worked and those that have not worked; as well as their priority activities in the short to medium term.
The Workshop was addressed by Director of the Department of Sustainable Development of the OAS who applauded the renaissance that is taking place in the energy sector of the Caribbean. He noted that while the region was making strong strides towards sustainable energy pathways, it was critical that this be done within a coordinated and strategic framework that allowed countries to learn from each other and to not seek to reinvent the wheel.
In his remarks to the Workshop, Senator the Honourable Dr. James Fletcher, Minister for the Public Service, Sustainable Development, Energy, Science and Technology of Saint Lucia highlighted the importance of sustaining efforts towards the transformation of the energy sector in the region. He noted that current energy rates in the region are undermining the competitiveness of productive sectors of the countries of the region and simply had to be addressed, if the region is to stand any chance of boosting their sustainable development.
Auberge Seraphine Hotel, Bay Gardens Hotel, Saint Lucia, Monday January 27, 2014
Very broadly, the project aims to contribute to the strengthening of cultural policies, plans and programs of the OAS Member States through the exchange of information and knowledge and through horizontal cooperation activities. Its specific objective is to improve human capacities of the technical officials in Ministries of Culture and other cultural institutions related to cultural policies oriented to economic development and social inclusion through culture.
Thus far the project has achieved, inter alia, the following results:
• 26 new practices included in the new version of the portfolio “Culture: common denominator for development”;
• A study of the contribution of the creative and cultural industries to the economies of the Americas and recommendations on how to improve this measurement was prepared in collaboration with the IDB and the British Council. The study was presented last week in Santiago, Chile in the framework of IFACCA’s (International Federation of Arts Councils and Culture Agencies) 6th World Summit on Arts and Culture.
The Saint Lucia workshop emanated from the call for a second round of technical cooperation proposals/missions released to all OAS member states in 2013. Five (5) missions were selected to be conducted on the topic of strengthening human and institutional capacities to create and/or improve cultural satellite accounts. Other beneficiary countries (besides Saint Lucia) include: Peru, Costa Rica, Barbados and Bolivia. Countries and institutions providing technical assistance include: Argentina, Colombia, Uruguay, and UNESCO.
The measurement of the contribution of culture to the economy in the region has been difficult for many of our countries. The dynamic nature and diversity of the sector represent a big challenge in having a joint measurement framework that provides comparable data among the countries in the region.
The Culture Satellite Accounts represent an important tool that provide statistical information to policy-makers and offer a model to measure the economic contribution of culture, and other creative and cultural industries and to enable comparisons across countries.
The OAS partnered with the Ministry of Tourism, Heritage and Creative Industries in Saint Lucia, with technical support of the Culture Secretariat of Argentina and with funding from US Mission to the OAS to support this important technical workshop. This initiative promotes the exchange of information and best practices, and builds institutional capacity highlighting the strategic impact of culture on development.
This Workshop was facilitated by two specialists from the Secretariat of Culture of Argentina and the Opening Ceremony was addressed by OAS Representative Ambassador Luis Alberto Rodriguez, Counsellor of the Argentine Republic Mr. Ramiro Hidalgo, and Parliamentary Secretary in the Ministry of Tourism, Heritage & Creative Industries Senator Dr. Kentry Jn. Pierre.
Community After-School Programme
The project was developed against the backdrop of discussions on the role of youth in national development. Saint Lucia has a significant youth population, yet lacked initiatives to promote its meaningful development, particularly in poorer communities. Children and youth face many challenges such as high unemployment and poverty; they may engage in many high risk behaviours (early and unsafe sex, substance abuse, gang violence). Increasing numbers of youth come into conflict with the law.
The Ministry of Social Transformation, Youth and Sports, in developing programming to engage young people productively, conceptualized the Community After-School Programme. The Ministry considered that the Programme could provide the requisite supervised environment for engaging youth, via media such as sports/physical activities, academic work, life skills, ICT training, and other personal enrichment activities/soft skills training). The activities provide safe havens for learning, recreation and positive relations with adults and peers.
Specific programme objectives are:
• To promote behavioural and attitudinal change in children and youth
• To contribute to decreasing criminal or high risk behaviours by youth
• To improve quality of life of participants and of communities
The Programme was piloted in the communities of Mon Repos, La Maze (both rural) and Faux-a-Chaud (urban) serving 120 participants. By popular demand the Propgrmme has been extended to seven additional communities (Monchy in Gros Islet; Wilton’s Yard, Bois Patate, Sir Ira Simmons Secondary School in partnership with the NGO Rise St Lucia Inc. (all in the capital Castries); Dennery Village in Dennery; Ciceron in collaboration with the Ciceron Development Committee. The ten centers benefit a total of 560 participants.
To ensure sustainability, the programme is being institutionalized by the Ministry of Social Transformation. Additionally, community resources (volunteers, financial & material resources) are continually mobilized to support the programme
Development of Regulations and Legislation for Select Services Sectors in Antigua and Barbuda, Grenada and Saint Lucia
Goal: To have in place Legislation and Regulations for select service sectors.
Purpose: To attract investment in the services sector and facilitate strategic market liberalization.
Activities contemplated n this three (3) year project include the assessment of the status of select services sectors in participating countries, and draft regulations and legislation. .
Anticipated benefits to Saint Lucia’s participation include establishment of a domestic regulatory framework that will allow for the orderly participation of both local and foreign firms in the services sectors to be liberalized. There will be greater transparency in the services sectors as micro and small-scale enterprises will function within a legislated environment with clear rules and regulations. This is expected to augur well for business development and economic growth
Partnership in Opportunities for Employment through Technology in the Americas (POETA)
POETA is a hemispheric initiative in Latin America and the Caribbean that provides marginalized populations with job-ready information and communication technologies (TCT) skills to facilitate their social and economic inclusion.
POETA centers are established through partnership with local organizations that provide skills training and social services to beheficiary communities, such as the National Development Skills Centre (NSDC)in Saint Lucia.
This model allows for maximum reach to potential beneficiaries, program sustainability and local impact. POETA Youth training is holistic in nature, designed to provide participants with the job ready skills, civic education and technological tools necessary for meaningful self development and social inclusion.
Capacity Building and Creation of an Enabling Environment for the Delivery of National Environmental Education and Public Awareness Programmes in Saint Lucia
The purpose of the project is to strengthen institutional capacity to deliver more effective programmes in environmental education and awareness (EE&A). The aim is to support sustainable development in Saint Lucia through strengthening human resource and institutional capacity, by training and technical assistance. Major results of the project are expected to be:
1. Enhanced National Environmental and Awareness, based on documents such as the National Environmental Education Strategy (currently in draft);
2. A more coordinated and focussed approach by national agencies to promoting environmental sustainability, in particular through strategic and action plans;
3. A plan for sustainable financing of the National Environmental Education Programme.
The project is executed in 2011. It was designed to ensure sustainability beyond project implementation, through various strategies, in particular mainstreaming of EE&A into the work programmes of relevant national agencies, and development of human resource capacity.
Skills Training for Marginalized Youth
This project is implemented by the Centre for Adolescent Renewal and Education (C.A.R.E.) of Saint Lucia. Since 1993, C.A.R.E. has been instrumental in providing a second chance for unskilled adolescents to obtain training to facilitate their employment. Most of these adolescents have been unsuccessful in academic life, due to negative experiences or difficulty in adapting to environments that primarily focus on academic achievement.
This OAS project, made possible thorough a grant of the Special Multilateral Fund for Integral Development (FEMCIDI), supports efforts to improve C.A.R.E’s Skills Programme by making it possible to obtain much needed tools and equipment to be used in the training environment. The project will also facilitate C.A.R.E.’s move towards becoming an accredited institution at TVET (Technical and Vocational ) Level 1. Following the recent entry into force of the OECS Economic Union Treaty, the move towards this type of accreditation is of paramount importance as it will place trainees in a more favorable position to obtain regional employment.
Through the project, C.A.R.E., trainees have access to a holistic training programme that supports their development as young adolescents (13 – 19 years). The students first participate in the Adolescent Development Programme (A.D.P.), subsequently they may participate in a Skills Programme of their choice
The project is supported by the Ministry of Finance, Economic Affairs and National Development. In implementing the project, C.A.R.E. is also working closely with the TVET Accreditation Unit of the Ministry of Education. The partnership formed by government ministries, the General Secretariat of the OAS and C.A.R.E. aims to improve coordination of efforts in skills development for young people, as well as to enhance the quality of training programmes offered to young adolescents, facilitating their access to gainful employment in a competitive world.
The project is implemented in 2011.
The OAS Student Internship Program is designed for undergraduate, graduate and young professional student to allow them to work within their fields of study. The program although unpaid is very competitive. The OAS has 28 national offices and some special programs located in the member states. Internships are available in almost all of the offices and this will allow interns to choose whether they prefer to work in their home country or in another office.
The Organization of American States (OAS) is the main political forum of the hemisphere which promotes and supports Democracy, Human Rights, Multidimensional Security and the Integral Development in the Americas. The OAS seeks to prevent conflicts and to provide political stability, social inclusion and prosperity in the region, through dialogue and collective actions.
We offer you a unique opportunity to gain work experience in different areas and in an international and a multicultural environment. You will have the opportunity to participate in a meaningful learning experience with orientation to the OAS mission, pillars, structure and projects in the hemisphere.
The OAS has 28 national offices and some special programs located in the member states. This allows anyone interested, to participate in the internship program in their country of origin, or other country of interest.
Besides working in the different projects of the Office, interns must participate in a series of activities that are part of a Complementary Online Program
This is an unpaid internship. Candidates must meet a series of requirements.
All the documents should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org
Internships are available in Washington DC. Check out www.oas.org/internships.
The OAS Academic Scholarship Program (Regular Program), established in 1958, grants scholarships every year for the pursuit of Master’s Degrees, Doctoral Degrees and Research leading to a degree. The OAS Special Caribbean Scholarships Program (SPECAF), established in 1983, grants scholarships for the last two years of undergraduate studies to citizens and residents of the English-speaking Caribbean OAS Member States. In addition to these programs the OAS, through its Partnerships Program for Education and Training (PAEC), is able to offer other attractive scholarship opportunities for academic studies with the support of its partner institutions in the Americas and around the world.
The OAS - Rowe Fund loan program for studies in the United States was established in 1948. This program grants financial aid in the form of interest-free loans for up to $15,000 dollars for graduate, research, and the last two years of undergraduate studies, including semester exchange programs. Applications may be submitted at any time during the studies in the U.S. and are accepted and reviewed year-round. For more information about how to obtain a Rowe Fund loan, find other financial aid for studies abroad, or identify a university in the United States according to field of study, cost, or location, visit: www.oas.org/en/rowefund and follow us on Facebook at: www.facebook.com/rowefund