About UNDP in Barbados and the OECS

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has been operational in Barbados and the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS), since 1980 (see Standard Basic Agreement between the Government of Barbados and UNDP).  Our multi-country office works across ten countries: Antigua and Barbuda, Anguilla, Barbados, British Virgin Islands, Commonwealth of Dominica, Grenada, Montserrat, Saint Lucia, Saint Kitts and Nevis, and Saint Vincent and the Grenadines to address common development challenges.

Our corporate context defines the work of UNDP Barbados and the OECS as a component of UN’s global development network, which advocates for change and connects countries to knowledge, experience and resources to help people build a better life.

The primary focus will be to support initiatives and programmes to help close the gaps identified in the United Nations Multi-Country Sustainable Development Framework for the Caribbean, including support for improvement in the management of natural resources and adapting to climate; and to address the priorities articulated by countries through consultative processes of the United Nations System for Barbados and the OECS.

In the subregion, all of our activities are undertaken in close coordination with UN Agencies, Funds and Programmes, operational in Barbados and the OECS. UNDP works in partnership with the Governments of Barbados and the OECS, civil society, community based organizations, the private sector, academia, regional institutions and international development partners. At the national level, UNDP works with nationally appointed focal points and line ministries.

What do we want to accomplish?

Within our multi-country context, our aim is to create an enabling environment where our national governments have the capacities for inclusive and sustainable human development; meet their regional commitments, and internationally agreed goals including the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). To accomplish this, UNDP works in partnership with Governments of Barbados and the OECS, civil society, community based organizations, the private sector, academia, regional institutions and international development partners.

What are our results?

Within each of UNDP’s programming areas, UNDP Barbados and the OECS advocates for the protection of human rights and especially the empowerment of women. Through regional and global networks, UNDP Barbados and the OECS shares ways to promote gender equality as an essential dimension of ensuring political participation and accountability; economic empowerment and effective development planning; crisis prevention and conflict resolution; access to clean water, sanitation and energy services; the best use of new technologies for development purposes; and society-wide mobilization against HIV and AIDS.

UNDP Barbados and the OECS supports the strengthening of sustainable human development and inclusive governance and the creation of an enabling environment for sustainable human development for its 10 country programmes.

UNDP’s work in climate change and disaster risk resilience helps countries prevent armed conflict, alleviate the effects of natural disasters and built back better and stronger after crises.  

Energy and environment are essential for sustainable development. The poor are disproportionally affected by environmental degradation and lack of access to clean energy services. These issues are also global as climate change, loss of biodiversity and ozone later depletion cannot be addressed by countries acting alone.  

Who are the decision makers?

The Resident Coordinator, Mr. Stephen O'Malley, heads the UN System in Barbados and the OECS and is also the Resident Representative for UNDP Barbados and the OECS. Our Resident Representative is assisted by Ms. Chisa Mikami, Deputy Resident Representative whose primary focus is with Programmes, and  Mr. Henry Mangal, Operations Manager. There are four programme units in the Country Office:

-Energy and Environment
-Climate Change and Disaster Risk Resilience
-Sustainable Human Development and Inclusive Governance

How many are we?

Current Staff Count for Barbados

Contract TypeSub Total
Service Contract 28
UN Volunteers 1
UNDP Staff 19
Total 48

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