About the UNICEF Office for Eastern Caribbean Area
While UNICEF has been involved in assistance to Caribbean children since the 1950s, its first Caribbean Area Office was established in Jamaica in 1976. The Office was then transferred to Barbados in 1986. Today UNICEF has offices in Barbados (which serves the Eastern Caribbean Area), Jamaica and Guyana.
The UNICEF Office for the Eastern Caribbean Area is located in UN House, Barbados. The Office is responsible for Programme of Cooperation with the Governments of Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, British Virgin Islands, Dominica, Grenada, Montserrat, St. Kitts and Nevis, St Lucia, St Vincent and the Grenadines, Trinidad and Tobago and the Turks and Caicos Islands.
ProgrammesFor the period 2012-2016 the Office will be focussing on supporting governments and other partners to ensure that:
(1) accurate and current data on the situation of children and women is available; and
(2) fostering an enabling, child-friendly and protective environment, reducing the vulnerabilities of girls and boys and their families to social, environmental and economic risks and enhancing their participation.
The support is built on the realisation that all children have an equal opportunity to realize their rights, to survive, develop and reach their full potential, without discrimination, bias or favouritism, but will advocate for the most disadvantaged to receive the extra care and support needed.
Evidence-based advocacy and capacity-building for equity-sensitive policy and programme development
The overall goal of this component is to support governments in the Eastern Caribbean Area to ensure that equity-sensitive sub-regional and national policies, programmes and budget allocations are made with reliable disaggregated data on the actual situation of girls and boys and their families in line with CRC, CEDAW and MDGs.
This component will build capacity in the sub-region to gather, disseminate and use social data for national policy decision-making. The objective is to ensure quality social services for all, especially the poor and disadvantaged, in line with international standards.
UNICEF support will focus on:
(1) national disaggregated data on girls and boys, with special focus on disparities in education, health and protection and evaluation of national programmes and policies;
(2) State compliance with reporting to the Committee on the Rights of the Child;
(3) State actions in response to the Committee’s Concluding Observations and Recommendations;
(4) national budget allocations to ensure coverage for excluded and disadvantaged girls and boys and their families and
(5) equitable, efficient and child and gender-sensitive social protection policies and systems that serve the needs of the poorest and most disadvantaged girls and boys (and their families) and that prioritize adequate resources for children and young people, including in times of crisis.
Lifelong learning and protectionThe aim of this component is to enhance the capacity of governments in the Eastern Caribbean area to develop national policies, programmes, laws and institutions to ensure comprehensive systems for positive development, lifelong learning and protection of all boys and girls, especially those poor and most vulnerable to neglect, violence, exploitation and discrimination.
The component aims to address gaps in access to quality and child-centered systems of ECD, education and child protection that cater to all girls and boys in the 12 countries in the Eastern Caribbean Multi-Country Programme. It will look at learning throughout the life cycle, from early childhood (up to 8 years) to early adolescence (9-14 years) and adolescence (15-18 years).
The priorities will be on (1) keeping girls and boys in and connected to school, (2) child equity, (3) gender equality and (4) violence and HIV prevention, as major pillars of the protective environment. Other efforts to strengthen the protective environment will focus on laws, policies, services and programmes compliant with the CRC, CEDAW and other international standards.
This programme will be supported by the data and evidence gathered as part of the first component.