The Community Disaster Risk Reduction Fund, CDRRF of the Caribbean Development Bank hosted a two day workshop on Effective Community Engagement at the Jewel’s Dunn’s River Beach Resort in Ocho Rios, St. Ann, Jamaica from October 30-31, 2017.
The aim of the workshop was to broaden the knowledge of the participants on Effective Community Engagement Techniques and to provide information on how an improvement in this skill-set could help to increase community participation in development interventions and by extension sustainable development.
There are Community Disaster Risk Reduction Fund- CDRRF and Disaster Risk Reduction- DRR and Climate Change Adaptation- CCA sub-projects under implementation or approval for financing in Belize, St. Vincent and the Grenadines and the Parishes of St. Thomas, St. Mary, Clarendon and Westmoreland in Jamaica.
Thus, the workshop targeted audience included representatives from these sub-projects and key public sector agencies responsible for community actions aimed at improving DRR and CCA.
Presentations were made by experts in the field of the Community Engagement Techniques, Gender Studies, Disaster Risk Reduction and Sustainable Development.
St. Vincent and the Grenadines was represented at the workshop by Information Officer at the Agency for Public Information- API, Ashecia Sam; Community Development Officer within the Community Division of the Ministry of National Mobilization, St. Clair Yearwood; Community Radio Communication’s Officer of the National Emergency Management Organization-NEMO, Jerwayne Laidlow and Contractor Officer for the SVG Volcano Ready Community Project, Monique Johnson of the UWI Seismic Research Center.