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Multilateral Agencies

Multilateral agencies work regionally and globally to respond to development challenges.  These agencies are established by intergovernmental agreement but are independent of the interests of any single country member or recipient government; they set their own policies and have their own governance arrangements. this section provides an overview of regional and multinational organizations invovled in devleopment and the Caribbean.

learn more Association of Caribbean States (ACS-AEC)
The Convention Establishing the ACS was signed on 24 July 1994 in Cartagena de Indias, Colombia, with the aim of promoting consultation, cooperation and concerted action among all the countries of the Caribbean, comprising 25 Member States and three Associate Members. Eight other non-independent Caribbean countries are eligible for associate membership.

The objectives of the ACS are enshrined in the Convention and are based on the following: the strengthening of the regional co-operation and integration process, with a view to creating an enhanced economic space in the region; preserving the environmental integrity of the Caribbean Sea which is regarded as the common patrimony of the peoples of the region; and promoting the sustainable development of the Greater Caribbean. Its current focal areas are trade, transport, sustainable tourism and natural disasters.
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learn more Canadian Agency for International Development (CIDA)
The Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) is Canada's lead agency for development assistance. CIDA's aim is to: manage Canada's support and resources effectively and accountably to achieve meaningful, sustainable results and; engage in policy development in Canada and internationally, enabling Canada's effort to realize its development objectives.
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learn more Caribbean Community and Common Market (CARICOM)
The establishment of the Caribbean Community and Common Market (CARICOM) was the result of a 15-year effort to fulfil the hope of regional integration which was born with the establishment of the British West Indies Federation in 1958. It was a Federal Government drawn from 10 member islands. Although a plan for a Customs Union was drawn up, emphasis was not placed on economic aspects of Federation during the four years of its existence. Economically the Region remained as it had been for centuries and not even Free Trade was introduced between the Member Countries during this period. The West Indies Federation came to an end in 1962 but its end, in many ways must be regarded as the real beginning of what is now the Caribbean Community.
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learn more Caribbean Development Bank (CDB)

The Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) is based in Barbados and provides funding for development projects in the region. Through social and economic development it aims to reduce poverty and improve the quality of life for people in the Caribbean. The Bank came into existence for the purpose of contributing to the harmonious economic growth and development of the member countries in the Caribbean and promoting economic cooperation and integration among them, having special and urgent regard to the needs of the less developed members of the region (Article 1 of the Agreement establishing CDB).

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learn more The Commonwealth
The Commonwealth is an association of 53 independent states consulting and co-operating in the common interests of their peoples and in the promotion of international understanding and world peace. The Commonwealth's 2 billion citizens, about 30 per cent of the world's population, are drawn from the broadest range of faiths, races, cultures and traditions.
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learn more European Union (EU)
The European Union (EU) is a union of 27 independent states based on the European Communities and founded to enhance political, economic and social co-operation. Since 1993, the EU has worked to increase economies and spread human rights advances worldwide. The goals of the European Union include uniting Europe toward common goals and providing aid to developing nations. The European Union (comprising the European Commission and the 27 Member States) provides over half (59%) of the world’s Official Development Assistance (ODA), some €46 billion.
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learn more G-77 at the United Nations
The Group of 77 is an intergovernmental organization of developing states in the UN. It provides the means for the countries of the South to articulate and promote their collective economic interests and enhance their joint negotiating capacity on all major international economic issues within the United Nations system, and promote South-South cooperation for development. There are now 130 member states (including Barbados), although the name G-77 was retained because of its historical significance.
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learn more Inter American Development Bank (IDB)
Established in 1959, we are the largest source of development financing for Latin America and the Caribbean, with a strong commitment to achieve measurable results, increased integrity, transparency and accountability. Its shareholders are 48 member countries, including 26 Latin American and Caribbean borrowing members.
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learn more International Labour Organization (ILO)

The International Labour Organization (ILO) is devoted to promoting social justice and internationally recognized human and labour rights, pursuing its founding mission that labour peace is essential to prosperity. Today, the ILO helps advance the creation of decent work and the economic and working conditions that give working people and business people a stake in lasting peace, prosperity and progress. Its tripartite structure provides a unique platform for promoting decent work for all women and men. Its main aims are to promote rights at work, encourage decent employment opportunities, enhance social protection and strengthen dialogue on work-related issues.

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learn more International Monentary Fund (IMF)

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) is an organization of 188 countries, working to foster global monetary cooperation, secure financial stability, facilitate international trade, promote high employment and sustainable economic growth, and reduce poverty around the world.

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learn more Organization of American States (OAS)
On April 30, 1948, 21 countries of the hemisphere met in Bogotá, Colombia, to adopt the Charter of the Organization of American States (OAS), which affirmed their commitment to common goals and respect for each nation’s sovereignty. Since then, the OAS has expanded to include the nations of the Caribbean, as well as Canada. The OAS also brings together government leaders from member states to focus on education, justice, security and other issues that that touch people’s lives in tangible ways. All 35 countries of the Americas have ratified the OAS Charter and belong to the Organization.
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learn more Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS)

The Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) is an inter-governmental organisation dedicated to economic harmonisation and integration, protection of human and legal rights, and the encouragement of good governance between countries and dependencies in the Eastern Caribbean. It also performs the role of spreading responsibility and liability in the event of natural disaster, such as a hurricane. The main organ of the OECS, the Secretariat, is based in the capital city of Castries, Saint Lucia.

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learn more Organization of Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD)

The mission of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) is to promote policies that will improve the economic and social well-being of people around the world. The OECD provides a forum in which governments can work together to share experiences and seek solutions to common problems. We work with governments to understand what drives economic, social and environmental change. We measure productivity and global flows of trade and investment. We analyse and compare data to predict future trends. We set international standards on a wide range of things, from agriculture and tax to the safety of chemicals.

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learn more UK Department for International Development (DFID)

DFID is the part of the UK government that manages Britain's aid to poor countries and works to get rid of extreme poverty. As well as headquarters in London and East Kilbride, near Glasgow, DFID has offices in around 40 developing countries and provides aid to around 90 countries.

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learn more United Nations (UN)
The United Nations was established on 24 October 1945 by 51 countries committed to preserving peace through international cooperation and collective security. Today, nearly every nation in the world belongs to the UN: membership now totals 189 countries.
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USAID

USAID is an independent federal government agency that receives overall foreign policy guidance from the Secretary of State. Our Work supports long-term and equitable economic growth and advances U.S. foreign policy objectives by supporting: economic growth, agriculture and trade; global health; and, democracy, conflict prevention and humanitarian assistance. USAID works in close partnership with private voluntary organizations, indigenous organizations, universities, American businesses, international agencies, other governments, and other U.S. government agencies. USAID has working relationships with more than 3,500 American companies and over 300 U.S.-based private voluntary organizations.

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learn more The World Bank (WB)

The World Bank is an international organisation owned by its 185 member countries. It is made up of two unique development institutions owned by 187 member countries: the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (IBRD) and the International Development Association (IDA). Their work is complemented by that of the International Finance Corporation (IFC), Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency (MIGA) and the International Centre for the Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID). Together, they provide low-interest loans, interest-free credits and grants to developing countries for a wide array of purposes that include investments in education, health, public administration, infrastructure, financial and private sector development, agriculture and environmental and natural resource management.

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learn more World Trade Organization (WTO)

Extensive information about trade topics and trade resources.  This includes specific information about goods, services, intellectual property, environment, development, regionalism, trade policy reviews, dispute settlement, government procurement, e-commerce, research & analysis.  Resources include information about WTO Ministerial, on-line book shop, documents on-line, legal texts, media news room, stats, international trade, technical cooperation, trade policy courses, NGO’s links, FAQ’s, download files, meetings, members and newsletters.

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