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.
· Within a few weeks of the December 2013 flash floods in Saint Lucia and Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, the World Bank had a team on the ground assisting with the damage and risk assessments and was able to mobilize some emergency funds available to support the governments’ recovery effort including debris removal, construction of temporary road infrastructure and to cover other emergency operation costs. The Bank responded quickly in mobilizing resources from the current portfolio and the International Development Association (IDA) Crisis Response Window.
· Saint Lucia’s success in addressing landslide hazards in urban communities is a result of the innovative and solution-oriented engagement of community members, landslide researchers, and government practitioners and policy-makers. The Management of Slope Stability in Communities (MoSSaiC) approach was established by researchers from the University of Bristol committed to providing a community-based and scientific approach for delivering landslide hazard reduction measures on the ground.
· 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 especially 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 vulnerability of OECS to natural hazards and the impacts of climate change.
· Nine new e-governance services including e-procurement for pharmaceuticals, e-tax filling system, will be established in 2014 in Dominica, Grenada, St Lucia and St Vincent and the Grenadines to improve government services across the region.
· An inventory of public buildings and critical infrastructure in Grenada and St Vincent and the Grenadines was conducted as a first step in establishing a database for the conduct of vulnerability assessments.
· The number of subscribers of Broadband Services per 100 people went from 2.88 percent in 2008 to 13.7 in 2011. 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 same 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.
Creation of Alliances for Reform
· A balanced scorecard system is now used by Governments to report periodically on each agreed activity, and Citizen Observatories have been established to monitor the execution of the national budget.
Last Updated: Oct 07, 2014