The Multi-Country Programme strategically partner with sub-regional organisations and unions such as the Organisation of the Eastern Caribbean States, Caribbean Community, Caribbean Development Bank, Caribbean Broadcasting Union, Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency, Caribbean Examination Council, Family Development Child Research Centre, University of the West Indies and other universities, Commonwealth of Learning, trade unions, NGOs, civil society organisations and faith-based groups.
The Caribbean Community (CARICOM):
CARICOM's mandate is "to provide dynamic leadership and service, in partnership with Community institutions and groups, toward the attainment of a viable, internationally competitive and sustainable Community, with improved quality of life for all." Eight of the countries covered by the UNICEF Office for Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean are members of CARICOM. These are: Barbados, Antigua and Barbuda, Montserrat, Dominica, Grenada, St. Kitts & Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines. The British Virgin Islands and Turks and Caicos Islands have associate member status. UNICEF collaborates with CARICOM in social policy development, advocacy and partnerships for children with special focus on the areas of children’s protection, Early Childhood Development, HIV/AIDS and Lifeskills.
As a partner, CARICOM has played a leading role in the implementation of the Health and Family Life Education (HFLE) programme in its member states and is Chair of the HFLE working group committee. At the wider social policy development, monitoring and evaluation level, CARICOM has taken the lead in providing training for the region’s statisticians in Dev Info – a monitoring and data collection tool, which will help countries monitor progress towards the MDGs.
The Organization of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) Secretariat:
The mission of the OECS is to be "a major regional institution contributing to the sustainable development of the OECS Member States." With the exception of the Turks and Caicos Islands, all of the countries covered by the UNICEF Office for Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean are members of the OECS. The OECS and UNICEF have collaborated mainly in the area of child protection. The OECS Secretariat, which is located in St. Lucia, has played a major role in the drafting of four (4) Model Legislation on Child Protection. These are the Juvenile Justice Bill; The Child Care and Protection Bill, The Status of Children Bill and the Domestic Violence Bill. It has also been instrumental in pushing the sub-regional agenda forward in the area of justice for children.
The University of the West Indies:
The University of the West Indies (UWI) has three locations: Mona Campus in Jamaica, Cave Hill Campus in Barbados and St. Augustine Campus in Trinidad and Tobago. UWI has collaborated with UNICEF mainly in the areas of child protection, and HIV/AIDS and Lifeskills
In the area of child protection, UWI, with support from UNICEF and its other development partners, has been providing research and analysis on the negative consequences and impact of the archaic family law legislative and infrastructural architecture. This insight continues to shape the reforms being effected under the OECS Family Law and Domestic Violence Reform Project.
The Departments of Education at UWI provide national accreditation and certification for teachers and through this process have been instrumental in promoting Health and Family Life Education (HFLE) as a key component of a balanced education for children.
In the period 2012-2016, UNICEF will continue to work with these and other partners in the fulfillment of rights for children.