Important results have been achieved during the past several years in Government projects financed by the World Bank. These include:
- The Bank supported over 2,000 unemployed youth in St. Lucia and Grenada to receive training and regional and internationally recognized certification in competency-based skills that would enable them to secure employment beyond individual countries.
- A regional occupational standards framework to improve the quality and relevance of technical and vocational education in Saint Lucia and Grenada was established. Both Saint Lucia and Grenada were authorized by the Caribbean Association of National Training Agencies (CANTA) to issue regional certifications.
- Nine OECS Member States developed and endorsed a results-based regional education strategy “Every Leaner Succeeds”, which provides a framework for a regional approach to achieving quality education for all in the OECS.
- The first regional education statistical digest for nine OECS countries was published, and constitutes the baseline for monitoring the implementation of the regional education strategy.
In recent years, disaster risk management (DRM) and climate change adaptation activities have come to represent a growing portion of the overall World Bank portfolio in the Caribbean.
Within a few weeks of the recent Tropical storm Erika in Dominica (August 2015) and the December 2013 flash floods in Saint Lucia and Saint Vincent and the Grenadines (SVG), the World Bank had a team on the ground assisting with the damage and loss assessments and was able to mobilize some resources to support the governments’ recovery effort including debris removal, construction of temporary road infrastructure and cover other emergency operation costs. In the case of St Lucia and SVG, the Bank responded quickly in mobilizing resources from the International Development Association (IDA) Crisis Response Window.
Saint Lucia’s success in addressing landslide hazards in urban communities is a result of an innovative community-based and scientific approach, the Management of Slope Stability in Communities (MoSSaiC)..
In Grenada, 1,500 farmers received technical assistance and financial support to buy seeds, fertilizer, pesticides and tools, and protect themselves from climate and economic shocks after two consecutive hurricanes.
The OECS-Catastrophe Insurance Project has allowed countries to join the Caribbean Catastrophe Risk Insurance Facility. The Facility serves as a joint reserve mechanism where participating governments can obtain coverage (insurance) that gives them the ability to access a quick financial payout in the event of a catastrophic natural disaster. Overall, this insurance has been a success, providing the much needed liquidity promptly following a catastrophic weather-related event and has helped reduce the fiscal vulnerability of OECS to natural hazards and the impacts of climate change.
In St Lucia, an island-wide structural vulnerability assessment of residential buildings was conducted to help identify and prioritize specific home improvements for resilience-building, which would be eligible for financing from the Climate Adaptation Finance Facility.
The number of subscribers of fixed Broadband Services went from 8 percent in 2008 to 15 percent in 2014, while the number of Internet users increased from 34 to 56 percent in the same period. Broadband performance (in terms of downloading speed) more than doubled in Grenada, Dominica and St. Lucia, and increased by more than 50 percent in St. Kitts and Nevis during the 2008-2011 period. The quality of service improved as well. The Telecommunications and ICT Development Projects also increased the use of information and communication technologies among rural underserved communities, persons with special needs, and contributed to improve communications, collaboration, e-learning and research for students.
Last Updated: Sep 14, 2015