The Caribbean Development Bank is moving closer to finalising its first Youth Policy and Operational Strategy (YPOS), which will guide its youth-related investments in the Region.
On July 27 – 28, stakeholders from 17 of CDB’s Borrowing Member Countries (BMCs) met in Barbados for a regional workshop to discuss recommendations coming from the consultations and youth study the Bank has been conducting to inform and shape the YPOS.
The workshop brought together a range of stakeholders in youth development, including permanent secretaries, directors of youth, youth leaders, and representatives from academia and development organisations.
Director of Projects at CDB, Daniel Best noted that the Bank has provided over USD1 billion for youth development programmes and projects over its nearly 50 years of existence, but has not, to date, adopted a dedicated policy and strategy to guide these investments.
The Youth Policy and Operational Strategy is set to be completed in the last quarter of 2019.