Caribbean Youth Participation Index

  • A project in partnership with Ollín, Jóvenes en Movimientio to construct a statistical tool which will help in monitoring the extent and quality of youth participation in government institutions, private sector organisations, NGOs, political parties and universities in 10 Caribbean countries. The index employs a youth participatory methodology, in which members of the Caribbean Regional Youth Council, National Youth Councils and other youth organisations actively engage in the design of the index and collection and analysis of data.
  • The project will begin with the creation of an index for Jamaica and expand to 9 other Caribbean countries.

5th Caribbean Youth Leaders’ Summit, Runaway Bay, Jamaica

  • The team partnered, for a second year, with the Caribbean Regional Youth Council to convene the 5th Summit in Jamaica, under the theme: Rerouting our GPS: Governance, Peace and Security. Members chaired plenary sessions on Political Leadership in the Global Development Agenda and a parallel Inter-governmental Stakeholders’ Forum on Youth Policy and Partnerships. The team also offered training workshops for youth delegates in Social Audit of Public Policy and Nurturing Youth Leadership in the Global South; while also supporting delegates to prepare four position papers on the Political, Economic, Social and Environmental dimensions of the GPS in relation to Sustainable Development.  Gerardo Berthin, Henry Charles, Terri-Ann Gilbert-Roberts, Dwayne Gutzmer and Adrian Watson contributed to this project.
  • The team was also pleased that Director of SALISES, Mona, Professor Aldrie Henry Lee delivered a plenary lecture on “Reaping the Demographic Dividend: Child Poverty, Youth (Un)Employment and Social Inclusion“.


4th Caribbean Youth Leaders’ Summit, Belize City, Belize

  • The team facilitated training workshops on Strategic Advocacy, Projects & Programme in Youth Development, Strategic Planning, Partnership & Result-Based Management in Youth Development, Youth Involvement in Peacebuilding in Communities and Principles & Practice of Youth Development in support of the capacity-building objectives of the Caribbean Regional Youth Council (CRYC). Henry Charles, Renee Cozier, Madgerie Jameson-Charles, Dwynette Eversley and Dwayne Gutzmer were workshop faciliatators.
  • In partnership with Ollín, Jóvenes en Movimiento and the National Integrity Action of Jamaica (NIA), we trained over 40 young people in data collection methodologies towards construction of a participation index for Jamaica. Greta Rios and Stefan Scharnagl or Ollín were the workshop facilitators.

Technical Meeting on Enhancing Youth Development Statistics in CARICOM, Kingston, Jamaica

  • In follow up to the 2014 Barbados workshop on evidence-based youth policies, the team served as youth development resource persons for a technical meeting with the Standing Committee of CARICOM Statisticians to discuss practical partnerships for enhancing the data available to support youth policy and programming in the region. Henry Charles, Tijani Christian, Dwynette Eversley, Terri-Ann Gilbert-Roberts, Madgerie Jameson-Charles and Godfrey St. Bernard facilitated and participated in these discussions.

SALISES Conference on Population Issues and Dynamics in Trinidad and Toabgo, St. Augustine, Trinidad

  • Henry Charles and Terri-Ann Gilbert-Roberts contributed to a roundtable discussion on “Framing the Youth Agenda Beyond 2015”


Caribbean Youth Development Conference (CYDC), Kingston, Jamaica

  • The team convened the first multi-sectoral regional conference on youth development engaging over 180 official delegates from 18 Caribbean countries and four countries outside the region. We had over 18 partners across government, private and civil society sectors. Delegates and speakers included youth leaders and representatives, Ministers of Government and Permanent Secretaries, representatives of international and regional organisations, representatives of the private sector and civil society, youth workers and academic researchers.
  • Published an Agenda of Priority Actions for Research, Policies and Programmes for Caribbean Youth, Post 2015 which was endorsed by the CARICOM Council of Ministers on Human and Social Development (COHSOD) in March 2016.
  • Videos and documents from the conference are available on the conference website here.

Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Caribbean Regional Youth Council (CRYC)

  • SALISES formalised its partnership with the Caribbean Regional Youth Council via an MOU intended to build the capacity of youth leaders to engage in evidence-based policy and programming. The MOU commits SALISES 50/50 Youth and CRYC to collaborate on inter alia periodic dialogue on youth development issues and priorities, including via the convening of summits and conferences; and to undertake participatory data collection and analysis.
  • By virtue of the agreement, CRYC also became an institutional member of the 50/50 Youth Cluster, advising and participating in the governance and strategic planning of the network.

Workshop: “Evidence-basedPolicies on Youth Development in the Caribbean”, Bridgetown, Barbados

  • The team supported the workshop of youth leaders, representatives of Departments of Youth and youth focal points for regional and international organisations in discussions on the state of youth policies and strategies to enhance their effectiveness through evidence-based and participatory approaches. Henry Charles and Terri-Ann Gilbert-Roberts were speakers and facilitators of this process organised by the Commonwealth Secretariat, UNDESA and UNDP.


‘Youthscapes’ of Development in the Caribbean and Latin America – a Special Issue of the Journal of Social and Economic Studies

  • The cluster has published a collection of papers on the development situation of children and young people in select Caribbean and Latin American contexts. The volume outlines research findings and recommendations on Youth Development Policy and Practice, Political Participation; Regional Governance, Child Rights, Online and Offline Participation and Corporal Punishment. Corin Bailey, Henry Charles, Terri-Ann Gilbert-Roberts, Madgerie Jameson-Charles and Khadijah Williams were among with contributors.

16th Annual SALISES Conference, celebrated as the W. Arthur Lewis Centennial, Rodney Bay, St. Lucia

  • The team mounted a panel discussion on “Youth Inclusion: Policy, Planning and Programmes at the conference. Henry Charles, Madgerie Jameson-Charles, Terri-Ann Gilbert-Roberts and Godfrey St. Bernard analysed the youth policy environment in Jamaica, youth leadership development in CARICOM and the measurement of youth empowerment.

First Global Forum on Youth Policies, Baku, Azerbaijan

  • The team serves as regional resource persons for the forum, facilitating the regional discussion on the future direction of youth policies in the Caribbean, reporting back to the conference. Henry Charles and Terri-Ann Gilbert-Roberts contributed to this process.


Commonwealth Conference on Education and Training of Youth Workers, Pretoria, South Africa

  • Terri-Ann Gilbert-Roberts was among the plenary speakers at the conference outlining the progress made in the professionalisation of youth work in the Caribbean and the contribution of the first BSc degree in Youth Development Work, offered at the University of the West Indies.
  • The degree is now being transformed into an Open Educational Resource for the Commonwealth.


SALISES 50/50 Conference, Kingston, Jamaica

The cluster was founded in 2012 and held its first Roundtable on Youth Development Issues during the 50/50 Conference, commemorating the start of independence in the Commonwealth Caribbean.

  • A video of youth perspectives of the past 50 years of Caribbean development and their visions for the future was used to engage a wider audience of young people and policymakers on new inclusive strategies for development. Terri-Ann Gilbert-Roberts chaired this session.