Caribbean Emergency Legislation Project


The Department of Sustainable Development (DSD) of the General Secretariat of the Organization of American States (GS-OAS), with the support of the World Bank, was the executing agency for the Caribbean Emergency Legislation Project (CELP). The objective of the project was to build legislative capacity to enhance legal and institutional frameworks for state of emergency and budget appropriation in eleven CARICOM countries and the Dominican Republic. Furthermore, the project aimed to make recommendations on how to improve legislative channels and administrative procedures during and immediately after the occurrence of a natural disaster.

In order to achieve these objectives, the project assessed legal-institutional frameworks in the Caribbean applicable under a state of emergency, reviewed global best practices, and promoted dialogue with national and regional stakeholders in order to ascertain areas for improvement and make recommendations that are best suited for the Caribbean region.



  • The Caribbean Emergency Legislation Project Study.
  • Draft Legislative Checklist for the Consideration of Lawmakers in Mainstreaming Project Findings at the National Level.

CELP Country Profiles

  • Antigua and Barbuda.
  • Barbados.
  • Belize.
  • Dominica.
  • Grenada.
  • Haiti.
  • Jamaica.
  • Dominican Republic.
  • Saint Kitts and Nevis.
  • Saint Lucia.
  • Saint Vincent and the Grenadines.
  • Trinidad and Tobago.