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Caribbean STEM students graduate from summer science programme in Barbados

Science, Engineering, Technology, Mathemathics

CDB-sponsored SPISE students, Tracey Moyston, from Saint Lucia, and Desmond Edwards from Jamaica. On Friday August 11, the annual Student Programme for Innovation in Science and Engineering (SPISE) came to a close, with students from across the Caribbean demonstrating their newly acquired skills in areas such as robotics, renewable energy and computer programming. This year, 24 scholars graduated from the four-week programme, which aims to groom the Region’s next generation of leaders in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). This year, the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB), provided funding for two students to attend SPISE 2017: Tracey Moyston, from Saint Lucia, and Desmond Edwards from Jamaica. The four-week residential programme ran from July 15 to August 11 at the Cave Hill Campus of the University of the West Indies.  “At CDB, one of our corporate priorities is to improve quality of, and access to, education and training in the Caribbean. SPISE is an initiative that we are very happy to support, as it allows gifted STEM students to develop […]


Improving access to social services in Saint Lucia

George Charles Residents Get Comfort Station

The Caribbean Development Bank’s flagship poverty reduction programme, the Basic Needs Trust Fund (BNTF), has invested more than USD0.5 million to improve the quality of life for the most vulnerable in Saint Lucia. In the urban George Charles Boulevard community, houses generally do not have showers and indoor plumbing, and the community standpipe has been some residents’ main facility for personal hygiene activities and washing. The absence of water and the lack of access to sanitation not only exacerbated the socio-economic issues in the area but also posed health risks due to the unhygienic practices. A comfort station featuring toilet facilities, showers and a laundry was opened in July 2017, with funding through the BNTF. It responds to the need for improved wellbeing and health, and enhanced access to water and sanitation in the community. The new station was constructed at a cost of USD250,000, to which the Government of Saint Lucia made a 5% contribution.   Meeting the demand for child care services BNTF has also invested […]


CDB supporting government of Belize in providing basic amenities

Conejo Creek Water Project funded by BNTF

The Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) continues to support the Government of Belize in providing water, sanitation and health facilities to communities where these amenities were not readily accessible.  Two water and sanitation sub-projects funded by CDB, which will provide more than 1,000 villagers in two communities with access to potable water, were inaugurated on July 20, 2017. The new solar energy-powered water systems will ensure that the men, women and children of Pueblo Viejo Village and Conejo Creek Village have access to a supply of safe water to meet their daily needs such as cooking, drinking, bathing and washing. These systems will also contribute significantly to the reduction in the vulnerability of the villagers to water-borne, food-borne, vector-borne and communicable diseases; thus improving the quality of life of over 141 families. Prior to the rehabilitation of Pueblo Viejo Village and Conejo Village  Water Systems, residents from both villages experienced challenges to access safe potable water and obtained water from creeks, vats, hand-pumps and wells that often ran empty […]


CDB provides support for young Caribbean STEM scholars

Sueann Tannis (centre), Head of Corporate Communications, CDB, with Desmond Edwards (left) and Tracey Moyston (right), 2017 CDB-sponsored SPISE scholars during an event held to welcome the programme’s 2017 cohort.

The Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) has once again partnered with the Caribbean Science Foundation (CSF) for the 2017 edition of the Student Program for Innovation in Science and Engineering (SPISE). SPISE is a five-week residential programme for talented students from across the Caribbean, which focuses on Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM). This year, CDB will provide funding for two students to participate in SPISE – Tracey Moyston, who is from Saint Lucia, and Desmond Edwards from Jamaica. Tracey is a student of the Sir Arthur Lewis Community College, currently studying Biology, Chemistry and Physics. Desmond is a student of Campion College, who aspires to be a chemical or biochemical engineer. “I believe that with SPISE I will gain more knowledge and information which would aid me in the field that I wish to study. I expect the SPISE program to push me a little further with my work and help me advance my level of thinking, all for which I am prepared,” said Moyston. “I anticipate that the […]


CDB provides grant for implementation of safe schools programme in six countries

The Caribbean is vulnerable to multiple natural hazards, including hurricanes, floods and earthquakes. The education sector is particularly vulnerable, and over the last two decades, this sector has suffered major damage and losses due to the impact of natural hazards. The frequency and intensity of these events are projected to increase as a result of climate change, thereby posing greater threats to the education sector. The Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA) has developed a Model Safe School Programme (MSSP) toolkit to address some of these vulnerabilities in the education sector. It provides guidance for the development of a National Safe School Policy and tools for assessing the level of safety and greening of schools. During the period 2014-2015, the toolkit was piloted in four schools in three Caribbean countries. On July 20, the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) approved grant funding of EUR746,000 to CDEMA to further implement the MSSP toolkit in six countries: Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Dominica, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia, and St. Vincent […]


CDB and UN Women partner to support data collection on Gender-Based Violence in the Caribbean

Gender-Based Violence

The Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) and UN Women have signed an agreement to support a common approach to measuring Gender-Based Violence (GBV) in the Caribbean. Although GBV, in particular violence against women and girls, affects much of the Region, many countries do not generate or have access to comprehensive data on the frequency, nature and response to this issue. The agreement was signed today at CDB’s headquarters in Barbados. It makes provisions for both agencies to work together to close the data gap, ensuring regional policy measures are put in place to address the problem more effectively. “This agreement aims to support the CARICOM Secretariat in building regional knowledge transfer and sustainability in systematic collection, analysis and dissemination of comparable prevalence data on GBV in the Caribbean. This intervention is part of a broader project in which CDB and UN Women will cooperate in the production of data on gender-based violence in the Region and the building of regional capacities in this regard,” said Monica La Bennett, Acting […]


Integrating gender in community-based climate change project in Belize

Gender sensitisation training workshop designed to give participants a better understanding of gender, gender equality in Belize and their communities, and how gender considerations can be integrated into the project, “Building Adaptive Capacity and Resilience to Climate Change in Toledo, Southern Belize.”


CDB helping DBJ better manage environmental, social risks

For investors, carbon output, ethical supply chains, and renewable energy and energy efficiency are emerging sustainability issues that can have serious financial implications. Institutions with mandates for promoting private sector investment, such as the Development Bank of Jamaica (DBJ), have been doing more to ensure that their operations address environmental, social and wider sustainability considerations that can otherwise deter investment or impact job creation, growth and poverty reduction. The Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) has approved a grant to support DBJ in those efforts. Today the Bank announced that it will provide USD55,400 in funding to support the design of an Environmental and Social Management System (ESMS) to better manage environmental and social risks in its portfolio. “As a financial intermediary for CDB’s resources, DBJ is required to have in place policies and procedures to ensure the effective management of environmental and social risks in its portfolio. This grant provides technical assistance for the design of an ESMS, which will complement the Bank’s ongoing efforts to manage its lending […]


CDB to provide grant funding for updated Rio Cobre flood monitoring system

The road through the Bog Walk Gorge in Jamaica is a major thoroughfare for vehicles travelling between the north and south coasts of that island. However, it is at times rendered impassable due to heavy rainfall and flash flooding, and this puts persons in surrounding communities at risk. An automatic flood early warning system was previously installed on the Rio Cobre River, which is interlinked by the Bog Walk Gorge. The system has been rendered inoperable due to lightning strikes that disabled the transmitters. The Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) is providing grant funding of EUR 219,000 to the Government of Jamaica to upgrade the existing flood monitoring system on the Rio Cobre. Funding is being provided through the African Caribbean Pacific-European Union-Caribbean Development Bank Natural Disaster Risk Management (ACP-EU-CDB NDRM) in CARIFORUM Countries Programme. The Rio Cobre is the third largest watershed management unit in Jamaica, and includes large sections of Spanish Town and the fast growing municipality of Portmore. “Flooding of the Rio Cobre puts a number […]