Partners Advancing the Policy Agenda

With support from United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Joint United Nations Programme for AIDS (UNAIDS), PANCAP is currently engaged in assisting countries in the development and/or updating of their national strategic plans. Country visits are scheduled during the second and third quarter of 2010 and a full report on the implementation of National Strategic Plans (NSP's) will be available by October 2010. For more details, contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

The Caribbean Regional Strategic Framework (CRSF) 2008-2012 places emphasis on policy development in the Education and Tourism sectors. The CARICOM Secretariat's  Human Resource Development Programme, the United Nations Education, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO), the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and Education Development Centre (EDC) lead important initiatives in the development and implementation of policies in the education sector. The current emphasis is on following up commitments made by the 2006 Port-of-Spain Declaration on the Education Sector and the 2008 Mexico City Ministerial Declaration, Educating to Prevent. This includes creating and updating a regional model Health and Family Life Education (HFLE) curriculum; strengthening school-based programmes, with emphasis on service provision and outreach to parents and out-of-school youth; ensuring education on sexuality is appropriately incorporated into curricula and programmes; and building capacity for monitoring and implementing education sector initiatives. With funding from the United States Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the PCU has drafted a policy brief on Enhancing the Education Sector Response to HIV and AIDS. Significant funding gaps exist in the work of agencies in this sector, despite the role of education in the “prevention revolution” called for by UNAIDS. For more information on initiatives in the education sector, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

PANCAP has benefited from the leadership of the Caribbean HIV Alliance,the International Labour Organisation (ILO) and Associates for International Development, in the development of a model tourism sector policy. The Pan Caribbean Business Coalition (PCBC), through its former Secretariat,  the Caribbean Association of Industry and Commerce, has been fully engaged. PANCAP is currently reaching out to the Caribbean Tourism Organisation (CTO) and the Caribbean Hotel Association (CHA) seeking their greater involvement in mobilising action by hotels,  restaurants and tourist attractions. More information on initiatives in this sector and the model tourism policy is available through the Caribbean HIV Alliance.

 

Significant progress has been made over the past few years in the development of workplace policies at the enterprise level, through an innovative programme at the country level facilitated by ILO and Global Fund consultancies. Best practice studies on Barbados are available through the ILO. However, significant gaps exist in the development of national workplace policies and sector specific policies in education and tourism. For more information on the development of workplace policies, please contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

The important role that community-based organisations play in the multi-sectoral response has been recognised, and donors continue to be interested in supporting them and the regional umbrella bodies. The Global Fund Round 9 grant has invested significant resources in building the capacity of CRN+, CVC/COIN, the Caribbean Conference of Churches (CCC) and groups working with at-risk populations such as sex workers and MSM. The technical cooperation agreement with Brazil (2008) allows for capacity-building,  with emphasis on civil society working with MSMs, sex workers and PLHIV. The shift in emphasis to prevention also dictates increased focus on youth and vulnerable women, and particularly on social protection policies to reduce their vulnerability. Increased mobilisation is needed for policy development and building the capacity of youth-based organisations. For more information on community-based initiatives and the Global Fund grant, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

The private sector has been fully engaged and is an active participant in the governance of PANCAP. The umbrella organisation, the PCBC comprises coalitions in Barbados, Guyana, Jamaica and Suriname and is expanding to the OECS. The PCBC is now based in Barbados,  at the headquarters of the Insurance Association of the Caribbean. In November 2010, with support from USAID,  a major conference of regional insurance providers is scheduled for Trinidad and Tobago at which the insurance industry, medical practitioners and health sector officials will discuss the issue of barring access to life or health policies on testing positive for HIV. For more information on private sector policy development, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

 

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