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Date:  12/18/2015 
Barbados Human Resource Development (HRD) Strategy
The Ministry of Labour, Social Security and Human Resource Development (MLSD) is collaborating with the Ministry of Education, Science, Technology and Innovation (METI) and the European Union (EU) to implement the Barbados Human Resource Development (HRD) Strategy 2011-2016. This strategy defines a comprehensive, multi-sector programme that seeks to harmonise HRD efforts and realize the vision of “an efficient, well-coordinated, effective, knowledge-led, and demand-driven HRD system responsive to global conditions and Barbadian aspirations”. Parliament approved the HRD strategy in 2010 and the implementation of the HRD Strategy officially began in January 2011 with the signing of the Financing Agreement between the Government of Barbados (GOB) and the European Union (EU).
The HRD Strategy adopts a holistic approach to human resource development which facilitates strategic linkages among stakeholders and defines the policy and programme interventions, outputs, outcomes, and indicators for the following five (5) broad strategic pillars:
1. Creation of an enabling environment for human resource development through institutional strengthening and capacity building;
2. Development of an internationally-recognised national qualifications framework;
3. Development of a demand-driven professional development and training services;
4. Rationalisation of knowledge management systems and improved information access; and
5. Enhancement of research to improve innovation, entrepreneurship, and development capacity.
A significant element of Pillar 5 is the improvement of small and medium enterprises (SMEs) through the creation of policies and programmes which would enable them to contribute in a more meaningful way to economic development. To this end, the Government is working with the small business sector in its efforts to build capacity and develop and implement mechanisms which would allow prospective entrepreneurs and existing business owners access to micro-financing. An analysis of best practices in SME development in other jurisdictions is also being undertaken.
It is expected that with the successful realization of these goals, Barbados will achieve increased international competitiveness, sustainable growth and reduced poverty. The Barbados HRD Strategy will also assist in addressing the current symptoms of the downturn in the economy while mitigating the risk of longer term impacts by providing a stronger, more flexible and responsive infrastructure for human resource and skills development and improving employability and overall productivity.
Given the multifaceted and integrated approach to HRD under the strategy, the programme’s delivery will be spread across multiple organizations. To support the necessary coordination of the programme, the HRD Programme Implementation Unit has been set up under the MLSD and it is headed by a Programme Coordinator. A Programme Steering Committee was established to provide technical support and oversight throughout the life of the programme.
Conset Bay Pilot (Fisheries) Project
The Ministry of Environment and Drainage, through the Policy Research, Planning and Information Unit and the Cabinet Approved Conset Bay Pilot Project Governance Committee, continues to make a case for on-going work under the Conset Bay Pilot Project, Phase II. There is scope for collaboration between the Organisation of American States, the community-based Conset Bay Advocacy Group and Barbados National Union of Fisher-folk Organisations (BARNUFO), in further enhancing an ecosystem-based approach to fisheries and terrestrial resources management at the community level within this water-shed.
It should be noted that the community has already developed and promulgated its own Local Sustainable Fisheries Code to promote responsible fisheries development and management. Opportunities for the enhancement of economic diversification through traditional and non-traditional fisheries and water-shed management initiatives have been identified, and would benefit from financial and technical support going forward.
Cultural Industries Development Act
The Cultural Industries Development Act was proclaimed by the Minister of Culture, Sports and Youth, the Hon. Stephen Lashley, M.P. on February 1, 2015. The Act recognizes the vital contribution of the cultural industries to sustainable development and seeks to promote the cultural industries though the provision of incentives for cultural workers. Specifically it provides for the establishment of a regulatory framework to facilitate and encourage the sustainable growth and development of the cultural industries, funding for cultural projects and duty-free concessions and income tax benefits in respect of cultural projects and related matters.
Paragraphs: 7 Paragraphs VII Summit: -

Date:  6/21/2011 
Conscious of the impact of the global recession on the country and the implications this
has for the poor and the vulnerable, the Barbados Government has scaled-up its efforts
to combat poverty in all its dimensions and remains steadfastly committed to
strengthening efforts to reduce social disparities and inequality and to halve extreme
poverty by the year 2015. This has been done essentially to safeguard the level of
progress made as a nation and to maintain the quality of life that Barbadians have been
able to enjoy, especially over the last four decades. To this end, institutional frameworks
are being strengthened and participatory governance is being mainstreamed. Social
protection is receiving special attention with the emphasis being shifted from that of
mere stabilisation to that of the empowerment of the poor and those persons at risk
including Persons with Disabilities and Older Persons. The goal of these strategies is to
promote human prosperity and in the process, ensure sustainable economic growth and
maintain social development.

Institutional Frameworks

Given its configuration, it is understood that the current global economic and financial
crisis will further expose Barbados' economy to external shocks that will test the capacity
of its resilience and ability to cope. Further, if not correctly handled, the situation has
the potential to erode some of the gains made over the years in the social sector and slow
progress in the effort to empower the poor and the indigent. As a consequence,
Government was required to talce a pro-active stance, and to adopt an integrated
approach to the delivery of social services to mitigate the negative impact of the crisis.
Among the responses of Government was the establishment of two institutional
frameworks, the Social Policy Committee of the Cabinet and the Inter-Ministry Task
Force to Monitor and Strengthen the Social Safety Net.
Paragraphs: 7 Paragraphs VII Summit: -

Date:  6/21/2011 
Mainstreaming Participatory Governance

Participatory governance is being pursued by government through what is being referred
as the Constituency Empowerment Programme. This Programme can be described as a
local governance system, bounded by the geography of the enumeration districts, which
strengthens the capacity of citizens to bring about positive change at the individual and
community levels, thus contributing to sustainable development at the national level. It
has three (3) dimensions. Politically it is seen as a platform for promoting development
and an avenue through which Barbadians can participate in the decision-maldng process
and hence contribute to national development. Socially, it is a strategy to increase the
effectiveness of development programmes, since the programmes are undertaken in
response to the needs of the constituency which have been identified and prioritised by
its residents. Economically, it allows for a more efficient delivery of services to the
residents and the constituency as the level of bureaucracy will decrease. It also permits
the creation of local livelihoods as residents with the required skills will be on the
frontline of employment opportunities within their respective constituencies.
Paragraphs: 13 Paragraphs VII Summit: -

Date:  6/21/2011 
Programmes undertaken by the Councils to date include the conducting of educational
programmes for children and young people; training in the area of entrepreneurial
development; clean-up and beautification campaigns; recreational activities; the clearing
of wells to mitigate flooding especially during the rainy season; and response to
emergency matters. Support to community-based organisations, including sporting
organisations has also been forthcoming.
Paragraphs: 13, 20 Paragraphs VII Summit: -

Date:  6/21/2011 
Website Development

The Website as developed will provide information on the services of the Ministry and its
Agencies. Ultimately, application forms to access the various services will be made
available on line.

The Country Assessment of Living Conditions had four main components. These were
the Survey of Living Conditions, a Participatory Poverty Assessment, an Institutional
Assessment and a Macro Social and Economic Assessment. This Assessment is expected
to inform on the extent and cause of poverty in Barbados and the existing poverty line. It
will also chronicle the experience of persons living in poverty and evaluate the
institutions that deliver the services.

The field work for the assessment is completed. The findings are being compiled and the
first draft of the report is expected to be ready for submission in June 2011. As a follow-up,
a Poverty Eradication Action Plan will be formulated.
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Date:  6/21/2011 
Promotion of Continuous Training Programmes in Conjunction with Workers' Representatives and the Private Sector to enable Workers to respond to the Demands of the Labour Market.

The Ministry of Labour through its Barbados Vocational Training Board continues to consult with employers in industry in the structuring of training programmes to facilitate the moulding of a graduate that can adequately respond to the demands of employers as they enter the labour market. In addition, the Board continues to promote apprenticeship training where training is delivered at the employers' workplace. Other areas of collaboration with both the private sector and workers' representatives include:
- development of curricula;
- establishment of technical committees;
- membership on the Board of Directors of the Barbados Vocational Training Board.
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