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About tgilbertroberts

Caribbean Regionalist. Youth Advocate. Human Development Practitioner.

NEW RESOURCE: The Missing Peace: Independent Progress Study on Youth and peace and security

The highly anticipated official Report of the Progress Study on Youth Peace and Security, called for under UN Security Resolution 2250 has been released. The report is entitled “The Missing Peace: Independent Progress Study on Youth and Peace and Security”

Drawing on a wide range of consultations around the word, including in the Caribbean, the study outlines the variety of ways in which young people contribute to peace and violence prevention and makes recommendations for sustaining peace through partnerships among citizens, governments and international and regional organisations.

Please read it here; share it widely; discuss and debate the findings and recommendations. Then, let’s advocate for the changes we want to make to the ways we work on “security” and “safety” in our communities, countries and regions. We can contribute the report’s recommended “seismic shift” in thinking and practice so as to recognise young people as the “missing peace” – an imperative to reaping a global peace dividend.

A longer version of the study will be released later this year which will offer more detailed findings and outline strategies for all stakeholders to engage with the agenda on youth peace and security (#Youth4Peace).

50/50 Youth is particularly pleased to share this report since our cluster Chair, Dr. Terri-Ann Gilbert-Roberts contributed to the research process as a member of the Advisory Group of Experts for the Study.


A Youth-Focused Commentary on “The Golding Report”

On Friday 16th February 2018, the UWI hosted a Vice-Chancellor’s Forum on “The Golding Report on CARICOM-Jamaica Relations”. The Forum provided an opportunity for a range of experts and commentators to outline their views on the recommendations made by the Commission and the implications for future engagement in CARICOM.

Chair of the 50/50 Youth Cluster Dr. Terri-Ann Gilbert-Roberts was one of the panellists and delivered remarks focused on the issues related to the the engagement of CARICOM citizens in the integration process, especially young people. Watch her presentation here:

Celebrating and Learning with Caribbean Youth Leaders #CYLS2017 #Yute4GPS






#CYLS2017 Participants with Senator the Honourable Kamina Johnson-Smith, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Jamaica; The Honourable Travis Robinson, Parliamentary Secretary in Ministry of Tourism and Aviation of the Commonwealth of the Bahamas and Professor Trevor Munroe, Executive Director of the National Integrity Action. Photo Credit: National Integrity Action 

Members of the 50/50 Youth Cluster had the honour to support the 5th Caribbean Youth Leaders’ Summit #CYLS2017 in Runaway Bay, Jamaica from 30th September to 2nd October 2017.  The theme of the Summit was “Rerouting our GPS: Governance, Peace and Security”. #Yute4GPS

The Summit involved two tracks – one for youth capacity-building and strategy development (Youth Leaders’ Forum) and another for deliberation among key policy and financing stakeholders about how to support the youth development sector (Stakeholders Forum). 50/50 Youth provided technical and training support to both tracks, facilitating workshop sessions on Social Auditing, Youth Leadership in the Global South, Youth Mainstreaming to Achieve the Sustainable Development Goals and the Contextual Realities of Youth Empowerment. 

Director of SALISES Mona, Professor Aldrie Henry Lee also engaged participants via a plenary plenary presentation on “Reaping the Demographic Dividend: Child Poverty (Un)Employment and Social Inclusion”.

The summit was hosted by the Government of Jamaica through the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information and received additional support from the UNFPA, USAID, National Integrity Action and SALISES, University of the West Indies. This is the second year of partnership between SALISES and the Caribbean Regional Youth Council convene the regional summit. As Chair of the 50/50 Youth Cluster, Dr. Terri-Ann Gilbert-Roberts, indicated in her Welcoming Remarks, the partnership with CRYC is an important element of SALISES’ work to support the formulation of evidence-based solutions to development challenges facing small countries.

We look forward to future collaborations with CRYC and wish the new executive, elected parallel to the Summit at the General Assembly, great success in supporting National Youth Councils across the region.

Measuring Development, Again…the Global Youth Well-Being Index

The International Youth Foundation has launched its Global Youth Well-being Index covering 29 countries. Sorry, no SIDS included in this one . However, have a look at it here:

There is increasing interest in producing quantitative indices to help measure the situation of young people and compare progress made across countries. This well-being index uses existing data from international sources (perhaps other youth indices) as well as data from a direct survey of youth. Indices can be powerful tools for policy dialogue and reflection on practice.

However, they don’t always help young people understand the local context of where they live. The SALISES #5050Youth Cluster has partnered with Ollin Jovenes en Movimiento, Mexico to localise the measurement of youth participation in the Caribbean region by creating an index which measures where and how young people participate in different sectors of society by surveying key institutions. In partnership with the Caribbean Regional Youth Council (CRYC) we have trained young people who will participate in compiling the index. Fundraising has been challenging #SmallStatesChallenges#FinancingDevelopmentResearch but partners like National Integrity Action in Jamaica are coming alongside and we hope to begin working on the Jamaica index soon.


Happy #InternationalYouthDay!

On this #InternationalYouthDay, I salute all young people who are working to transform the world into more inclusive, peaceful and sustainable home #SDG16. Acknowledging that the majority of young people, globally are peaceful and active contributors, in thought and action, to improving our societies, I celebrate all the peacebuilding work of #Youth4Peace and reaffirm the desires of Caribbean youth to maintain the region as a zone for peace. Happy International Youth Day! Greetings and support from all members of the SALISES YouthCluster #5050Youth

ECLAC Releases New Resources in English on Youth Social Inclusion

Many of us in the anglophone Caribbean remain isolated from our neighbours in Latin America, missing opportunities for ideational exchange, policy dialogue and solidarity in communities of practice. In spite of the socio-economic, cultural and linguistic diversity within the region, Latin America and the Caribbean suffers from the maintenance of unhelpful geopolitical divisions which hide historical ties and situational similarities.

That’s often been the case in youth development where we …. So, I was particularly pleased to have been able to participate last year in a seminar organised by the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) on Social Inclusion and Youth in Latin America and the Caribbean. I was joined by members of the Caribbean youth movement – Tijani Christian – Chairman of the Caribbean Regional Youth Council (CRYC); Tarun Butcher – Belize CARICOM Youth Ambassador; Renee Cozier – Researcher at the UWI St. Augustine; and Rashad Brathwaite – Legal Advisor to the CRYC.

Participants in the ECLAC Seminar on Youth and Social InclusionWe benefitted from dialogue with youth  development practitioners, researchers and youth leaders of grassroots, national and transnational movements across Central and South America. We took note of shared challenges – particularly between small Caribbean states and Central American states – in relation to youth crime and violence, educational quality and political and policy participation. We took note of the programmes and projects implemented in other countries and relished in their admiration of our ongoing efforts towards a regionally-coordinated youth development framework in CARICOM. I contributed a presentation on the situation of youth economic exclusion in the Caribbean sub-region – “From Addressing Youth Employment and Work Challenges to Promoting Youth Economic Citizenship” – arguing for a shift in the policy discussion away from exclusive focus on temporary responses to cyclical changes in economies to focus on the adoption of integrated approaches to youth economic citizenship which will encourage longer-term employment, financial inclusion and economic empowerment of young people.

One of the panels at the seminar presented interesting findings from a study conducted by ECLAC on educational, health, security and political dimensions of youth social inclusion in selected Latin American countries. We were fortunate to receive a copy of the study which we hoped to share with our anglophone CARICOM network – BUT it was only available, at that time, in Spanish!

However, ECLAC has now made the book available in English, along with a Toolkit on analysis and policy design for youth social inclusion. Please use the links below to download these resources:


Trucco, D., & Ullmann, H. (Eds.). (2016). Youth: realities and challenges for achieving development with equality. Santiago: Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC).


Soto, H., Trucco, D., & Ullmann, H. (2015). Towards the Social Inclusion of Youth: Tools for analysis and policy design. Santiago, Chile: United Nations/ Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean.



Meet the 50/50 Youth Team

Our team is growing! Smile 

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Please visit the “Meet our Researchers” page to get to know a few new faces.

50/50 Youth Members now meet in two Working Groups to discuss research, policies and programmes which contribute to positive youth development. Some members may participate in both groups.

The Research Working Group of experienced academic researchers will be focusing its energies on helping to build up the evidence base for youth development. We look forward to publishing more and sharing new research resources with youth development stakeholders.

The Policy and Advice Working Group of youth development practitioners also contribute to the cluster’s research agenda but will also offer their expertise through policy advice and capacity-building initiatives for regional youth organisations.

Looking forward to  engaging you.

2016 Caribbean Child Research Conference

This year, SALISES’ annual Caribbean Child Research Conference (CCRC) will move outside the Jamaican capital of Kingston to central Jamaica. The 2016 event will be held in cool Mandeville, Jamaica under the theme, “Promoting the Rights of Children in extremely difficult circumstances”, from November 2-4, 2016

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Please visit the conference site to download the Calls for Papers for Adult Researchers and Outstanding Child Researchers. Click here.

Deadline for Adult Researchers : July 15
Deadline for Child Researchers: September 30

The annual CCRC is a regional interdisciplinary conference covering a range of child related themes. The conference aims to share research on children, strengthen the network of researchers on children’s issues, and encourage research in areas that are often “under-researched”.

The CYDC Agenda of Priority Actions for Research, Policies and Programmes for Caribbean Youth, Post 2015

The Caribbean Youth Development Conference (CYDC), having been convened in Kingston, Jamaica by the 50/50 Youth Cluster of the Sir Arthur Lewis Institute of Social and Economic Studies (SALISES) at the University of the West Indies (UWI), in partnership with the Caribbean Regional Youth Council (CRYC), and with the support of national, regional and international development agencies, has reached agreement among its delegates, representing youth development stakeholders across the Caribbean, on directions for youth inclusion in sustainable development in the Caribbean, Post 2015.

The CYDC has now affirmed the commitment of stakeholders to, individually and collectively, advance an evidence-based, youth participatory, transparent, professionalized, sectorally-integrated, regionally-inclusive and collaborative framework for Caribbean youth development.

The Agenda for Action document outlines the recommendations of the Conference in three areas: Youth Development Research; Public Sector Youth Policy; and Projects and Programmes in Support of Youth Development.

To see the specific recommendations, download the full document here and share with others. Organisations are welcome to submit Letters of Intent to SALISES, to signal any initiatives they wish to undertake in support of the Agenda.