Address: Office of the General Secretariat of the OAS
2nd Floor, 1216 Blue Marlin Blvd.
P.O. Box 2019
Belize City, Belize, C.A.
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Welcome to the webpage of the Organization of American States’ Office in Belize. 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 Belize. Our office was established in August 1995.
Our most outstanding activities and programs in Belize have been in support of the contribution to the strengthening of democratic institutions through the amplification of communication channels for informing and educating the people on issues of national and regional importance that provide an opportunity for dissemination of information and that allow for citizen participation in the democratic process.
Belize City, Belize, Monday July 25, 2016
OAS Belize Office Supports Implementation of Social Inclusion/Social Transformation Project
The OAS Belize Office is working closely with the Ministry of Human Development Social Transformation and Poverty Alleviation (MHDSTPA) to speed up the implementation of the project entitled “Social Inclusion/Social Transformation Project for Belize”. The project is scheduled to be completed before the end of 2017, and both the Office and the Ministry are intensifying their efforts to meet the projected deadline, notwithstanding a relatively late start.
During the period July 18-22, 2016, a Stakeholders consultation that is considered a critical project activity, was convened in Belize City. This event brought together a number of government officials and private sector partners to discuss the existing social programs that were designed and formulated by MHDSTPA, and catered to some of the most vulnerable and poor families in Belize City, and other parts of the country as well.
OAS Representative in Belize, Starret D. Greene and CEO in MHDSTPA, Ms Judith Alpuche, addressed the audience during an opening ceremony. Both lauded the Organization of American States (OAS), through its Development Corporation Fund (DCF), for supporting Belize’s poverty alleviation programs and initiatives.
On July 25, 2016, the OAS Representative spoke again at the start of a week of program review and training activities. This event was done in partnership with the Ministry of Social Development in Chile and MHDSTPA, and within Chile’s “Programa Familia” framework. In this connection, the Chilean Ministry also made available two (2) of its experts to travel to Belize, primarily to conduct an examination of Belize’s existing programs and to make recommendations, based on best practices methods, for improving their administrative and management operations.
Consistent with speeding up the implementation of the project’s activities, work also started in earnest on the design of the Belize Active Labor Market Information System (BALMIS). Discussions were held with those agencies, to include Labor, Immigration and Foreign Affairs and local partners, who would likely use BALMIS to advertise, recruit and identify employment opportunities.
According to Mark Antrobus, the Coordinator for the project mentioned herein, the above program initiatives and activities represented the start of a new philosophy of holistic, intensive interventions with families. He said that there was a strong emphasis on human rights and listening to the individual family’s concerns and priorities, with a view to providing the best counsel, advice and support.
The OAS Funding for this project comes through the Development Corporation Fund (DCF), within the Secretariat for Integral Development.
Pelican Beach Resort, Dangriga, Thursday June 30, 2016
OAS Belize Office Supports Community Preparedness and Resilience Project
During the past twelve (12) months, the OAS Belize Office, through its Representative Starret D Greene and members of staff, actively supported the implementation of a technical cooperation project, sponsored by the Government of Taiwan and managed by the Pan American Development Foundation (PADF). The project, entitled, “Community Preparedness and Resilience” was designed to build capacity in designated Belize communities in order to make them better prepared to deal with natural and manmade disasters, and to respond effectively to extreme weather and the effects of climate change as well.
According to the project team for PADF, the initiative, launched in July 2015, assisted over 14,000 residents of Belize’s Stann Creek District in preparing for and responding to disasters. In this connection, two communities in Southern Belize, namely, the Town of Dangriga and the Village of Hopkins were the primary beneficiaries. “We have engaged both communities, through capacity building, contingency planning and ecological restoration efforts and increased awareness about disaster preparedness and climate change,” says Dr. Minerva Pinelo, PADF Belize Project Director. “It has been a great experience seeing residents take ownership of the project, become involved in building resilience within their communities and understand how climate change adaptation is the key to the preservation of their livelihoods,” Dr. Pinelo concluded.
Throughout the implementation of the project, the OAS Representative, Starret Greene, provided expert advice to the Director of the project. The OAS Office was also used as the site for several planning and coordination meetings. According to Mr. Greene, the OAS was obliged to fully support the worthy efforts of its affiliated body, the Pan American Development Foundation, and to use his organization’s well established reputation, as a provider of technical support to various Government Ministries and Agencies in Belize, to generate support for the PADF initiative.
The work done in communities in the Stann Creek District, through the project, included training and equipping local emergency response teams in Dangriga and Hopkins; Engaging students and teachers at seven schools, with programs on climate change and disaster risk reduction; the launching of eight public awareness campaigns aimed at protecting fragile ecosystems; and partnering with the University of Belize to expand its Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Center, and engaging students in field work as well.
OAS Representative Starret Greene travelled to Dangriga on June 30, 2016, to participate in a ceremony to mark the formal completion of the yearlong program.
The Organization of American States (OAS) working through its Inter-American Drug Abuse Control Commission (CICAD) recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the University of Belize to implement the Program “University of Belize: a Caribbean University Interdisciplinary and Integrated Drug Demand Reduction Proposal.” This two-year program (2013-2014), is a component of a wider regional CICAD-CARICOM project Caribbean Universities on Drug Phenomenon.
Its overall objective is to build knowledge base of faculty, staff and student in Drug Demand Reduction (DDR), including research to guide evidence based policy, decision making and Curriculum Development.
The SVP approach stresses the importance of community based, Flood Early Warning Systems, and the need for early involvement of all community members in vulnerability assessment, risk identification, observation and monitoring of floods, preparedness, communication and the delivery of the alert and response. The project builds upon the experiences from other small valley flood alert programs, while adapting to latest findings on CC and Climate Variability trends, and capitalizing on state of the art weather forecast systems.
The program seeks to strengthen national capacities to prevent and eliminate illicit firearms trafficking by training national authorities in proper stockpile management techniques; modernizing stockpile facilities and destroying obsolete and/or surplus firearms and ammunitions. It will also encourage participating countries to review existing firearms laws and legislation and ensure that they are in compliance with the provisions of CIFTA and other international agreements on firearms trafficking.
BC-PAN will contribute to the strengthening of democratic institutions in Belize through the amplification of communication channels for informing and educating the people on issues of national and regional importance. Will provide an avenue for dissemination of information and to allow for citizen participation in the democratic process.
Civil Identity Program of the Americas (PUICA)
Modernization of the Civil Registry of Belize. OAS has partnered with UNICEF to provide Belize with a modernized civil registry, with the fucus on birth registrations. Belize has been found wanting a proper mechanism to effectively record the births, deaths and mariages of its citizens, update registration records as is necessary and finally in issuing of the registration certificates to its citizens.
Capacity Building Tourism and Certification Project
To foster the development of a professional and skilled workforce that will greatly contribute to the regions to cultivate a lucrative, competitive and sustainable industry.
Waste to Energy Initiative
To access the market potential for cellulosic ethanol in Belize through sustainable implementation of cellulosic ethanol technology utilizing agricultural and forest residues as primary biomass feedstock. A supplementary objective is to help member states identify, access and prepare Waste-to-Energy projects, including cellulosic ethanol projects in other Caribbean countries.
Jathropha Innovation Center for Community Adapted Technologies and Development in Belize
Description: The General purpose is to establish a Jathropha Innovation Centre to utilize Jathropha curcas L (JC) and its vegetable oil for community development; to generate income to rehabilitate degraded land and to reduce Green House Gas Emissions. Furthermore the project will generate information and education materials on how to manage commercial JC plantations including social economic scenarios about rural community’s participation.
Building Capacity of Disadvantage Communities in Belize for Income Generation and Job Creation
Empower disadvantage communities in Belize with the requisite education and skills necessary for increasing opportunities for income generation and capacity for self-sufficiency through the development of value chains. Also, enabling environment for sustainable livelihoods improved for women and at risk youth within Belize City and Stann Creek through education, training and value chain development.
Building Sustainable Community Enterprise Development Capacity for Poverty Alleviation Among Indigenous Communities in Southern Belize
Local Communities are benefiting from environmentally friendly value-added socio-economic programs, thereby enhancing the integrated landscape management of the Southern biological corridor.
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.
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 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.
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