The Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) says that is moving closer to finalising its first Youth Policy and Operational Strategy (YPOS), which will guide its youth-related investments in the region.
Stakeholders from 17 of CDB’s Borrowing Member Countries (BMCs) recently met here 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 US$1 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.
“Despite encouraging results from projects which impact our youth, we acknowledge that there is room for even better youth development outcomes.”
He said the YPOS is an important initiative for CDB as positive youth development outcomes align with CDB’s strategic priorities and are essential to the Region’s sustainable development.
“This forum matters a lot to us at the bank given our mandate to reduce poverty in our Borrowing Member Countries. This will only be possible if we create societies in which our youth can thrive. More than 60 per cent of our region’s population is under the age of 30; this group represents a valuable resource for the sustainable development of our region,” he said.