What We Do

UNDP partners with people at all levels of society to help build nations that can withstand crisis, and drive and sustain the kind of growth that improves the quality of life of everyone. On the ground in 177 countries to help empower lives and build resilient nations.

Our Goals

Within our multi-country context, UNDP Barbados and the OECS aims 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 Millennium Development Goals. Operating in a context where five out of ten (10) countries are considered Net Contributor Countries (NCC), UNDP focuses on policy and knowledge advisory services that facilitate poverty reduction, improved democratic governance, sound environmental management, climate resilience, options for sustainable energy and building resilience to natural and man-made hazards.

Disaster Recovery

Scenes from Hurricane Tomas in 2010 in St. Lucia showing significant damage to a crop of bananas – a major source of income for the island. Photo UNDP more

Our Stories

Projects and Initiatives


Regional Risk Reduction Initiative

R3I covers the English and Dutch overseas countries and territories in the region, a total of 11 territories. These islands are highly vulnerable to various natural hazards and climate change impacts, also having fragile ecosystems and concentrations of settlements and major functions in low lying coastal areas and other hazard prone locations. This project seeks to address the risk and exposure of these small islands by providing a network of regional infrastructure, programmes, policies and protocols to strengthen their capacity to predict and prepare for natural hazards, thus improve resilience and reduce risk and subsequent loss. more

youth innovation

Youth-Innovation: A Caribbean Network for Youth Development

Youth-IN is about empowering young people to become agents of change, not to just sit by and receive support but to become actively involved in the development of their own sustainable future. Our mission is based on a 2010 report produced by the CARICOM Youth Commission, ‘Eye on the Future: Investing in YOUTH NOW for Tomorrow’s Community’, to which many young people across the Caribbean contributed. more

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Human Development Report Launch 2013

Featured Publication
The First Caribbean Human Development Report: Human Development and the Shift to Better Citizen Security

The Caribbean Human Development Report (HDR) 2012: Human Development and the Shift to Better Citizen Security, commissioned by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) as the first HDR on the Caribbean analyses the impact of insecurity and violence on human development, within the development context of Caribbean Small Island Developing States (SIDS).

Read the First Caribbean Human Development Report