Recognizing that the sustainable development of our region is a task beyond the capacity of any individual institution, CARICAD’s Treaty mandates us to “collaborate with other agencies operating in specialized or general aspects of public administration”. In keeping with this mandate, the following partnerships are an indispensable part of our strategic thrust in the pursuit of our general objective of improving administrative capability for the acceleration of economic and social development.
The Caribbean Community Secretariat is the Principal Administrative Organ of the Community under the Revised Treaty of Chaguaramas Establishing the Caribbean Community including the Caribbean Single Market and Economy. At the direction of the Conference of Heads of Government, the CARICOM Secretariat coordinates the efforts of all Community Institutions in pursuit of achieving objectives of the Community Strategic Plan 2015-2019. The CARICOM Secretariat also provides operational assistance such as Internal Audit and Legal Advisory Services to Institutions of the Community and serves to coordinate mobilization of resources to further the objectives of the Community.
CARICAD was initially established as the Caribbean Sub-Centre of the Latin American Centre for Development Administration (CLAD) in 1979. Previous to this Barbados, Jamaica, Guyana and XX were Members of CLAD. CARICAD became an autonomous body in . In April of 2012, representatives of CARICAD and CLAD met on the margins of the 11th Meeting of the Committee of Experts in Public Administration (CEPA) organized by the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs. At this meeting it was agreed that CARICAD and CLAD would make efforts to re-establish relationships. In the ensuing years, contacts between the organizations were developed and eventually in early 2015, funding in the amount of USD $210,000 was secured for a programme of cooperation with the assistance of the CARICOM Secretariat. The programme which is called Support to South-South Cooperation: CARICAD-CLAD Partnership; Building Bridges of Solidarity and Cooperation) is funded by the CARICOM Spain Joint Fund for Technical Cooperation.
The Caribbean is the most vulnerable region in the world with respect to impact of natural disasters. The concept and practice of Comprehensive Disaster Management (CDM) promulgated and promoted by The Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA) means that the role of the wider public sector in all phases of the Disaster Cycle should be recognized and capacity and commitment built accordingly. While CDEMA is mandated to advance CDM the Caribbean Centre for Development Administration (CARICAD) was established to build administrative capacity the public sectors of the Region. CARICAD and CDEMA have therefore entered into a strategic partnership aimed at joint supportive action in the pursuit of their respective mandates.
The United Nations Online Network of Regional Institutions for Capacity Building in Public Administration and Finance (UNPAN) is a virtual electronic network that promotess the exchange of expertise and sharing of experiences and lessons learned in public administration and finance at local, national, subregional, regional and international levels. The ultimate objective of UNPAN is to support, via an electronic platform, the development of efficient and effective public administration systems and competent civil services, especially in developing countries and countries with economies in transition. CARICAD aims to become a premier contributor to the UNPAN network thus raising the profile of regional public sector transformation initiatives around the world.
CARICAD was a key partner in the establishment of the Caribbean Leadership Project which is a seven-year, $20 million initiative funded by the Canadian Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development (DFATD). The project was designed to strategically strengthen the next generation of Caribbean leaders to contribute more effectively to regional integration and economic growth. The Canada School of Public Service (CSPS) is the executing agency for the Project while the Regional Project Office located in Barbados was originally hosted by the CARICAD and has subsequently transitioned to the Cave Hill School of Business. CARICAD continues to collaborate with CSPS and the CLP in this critical regional development initiative.