CARICOM launches survey to assess youth development status in the region

Resources and opportunities available for youth development in Region are coming under the microscope as the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretariat launches a Regional Youth Development Status Survey ten years after adopting the CARICOM Youth Development Action Plan (CYDAP).

Set for roll out on November 15, 2021, the survey will collect data on challenges to youth development and the policies in place to enable them to thrive. It will also collect data on opportunities young people have for a sound education, employment and entrepreneurship, as well as factors that support their health and well-being.

The wide-ranging survey also seeks to gather data on young people’s knowledge about climate change and its impact on their sustainable economic development.

Data gathered through the survey will inform the updating of the CYDAP, which came on the heels of the landmark Declaration of Paramaribo on the Future of Youth in CARICOM, and Report of the CARICOM Commission on Youth Development issued in January 2010.

In 2006, the Conference of Heads of Government mandated the establishment of a CARICOM Commission on Youth Development to “undertake a full-scale analysis of the challenges and opportunities for youth in the CARICOM Single Market and Economy (CSME).

Established in March 2007, the Commission comprising youth leaders and technocrats, researched the state of youth in the Region and prepared its report, “Eye on the Future: Investing in Youth Now for Tomorrow’s Community”. The Report was presented to a Special Summit of CARICOM Heads of Government on Youth, held in Suriname in January 2010.

The Youth Commission advocated that youth should play a leading role in responding to globalisation and regional integration challenges.  The Commission also identified a role for governments in implementing programmes and increasing investments in young people to mitigate their vulnerabilities.

To implement the main recommendations of the Report and the Declaration of Paramaribo, the CARICOM Secretariat established a Technical Working Group that coordinated a regional consultative process, which culminated with the CARICOM Youth Development Action Plan (CYDAP).

The Council for Human and Social Development (COHSOD XXIII on Children and Youth), held in July 2012 in Guyana, endorsed the CYDAP, which is built on six CARICOM Youth Development Goals, namely:

  1. Education and Economic Empowerment: Enhance the Quality of Life and Livelihood Opportunities for All Adolescents and Youth.
  2. Protection, Safety and Security: Enable the Creation of Protective Environments to Foster Resilience and Ensure Adolescent and Youth Safety and Security.
  3. Health and Wellbeing: Improve The Health and Holistic Wellbeing of Adolescents and Youth.
  4. Culture, Identity and Citizenship: Enhance the Development and Appreciation of Caribbean Culture and Identity and Commitment to Regional Integration.
  5. Policy and Institutional Framework: Create the Policy and Institutional Environment and Mechanisms to Support Effective National and Regional Implementation of the CYDAP.
  6. Leadership, Participation and Governance: Ensure and Enhance Youth Participation at all Levels of Decision Making, Program Implementation and Oversight.

Given current global, regional and national socio-economic issues caused by the COVID 19 pandemic, the Secretariat is now re-assessing the status of youth development in the Region through the Regional Youth Development Status Survey.

In addition to informing the expansion and revision of the CYDAP to respond to youth development needs more comprehensively, the survey data will also inform mechanisms to strengthen national and regional partnerships towards youth development.

The survey targets young people between the ages of 10 to 29 from all Member States and Associate Members of CARICOM.

The Survey can be accessed at this link:

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  1. Ibo France
    November 14, 2021

    When one makes a serious assessment of CARICOM’s performance ,only one logical conclusion there is to draw – An Abysmal Failure!

    CARICOM member countries are being badly mismanaged. All the member states are afflicted with high unemployment, under employment and indebtedness; extreme and expansive poverty; quasi and full-blown dictatorship; questionable and corrupt elections; dismal and abominable leadership.

    Although a plan was devised to aid in youth development many moons ago, no group is more adversely affected than the youth population of the region by the misrule of these degenerates. The regional misfits who govern these countries are only interested in e next election, that is, to rust in the seat of government. Helping the masses to rise above the poverty line is not even a remote thought of these megalomaniacs.

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  2. Under the radar
    November 13, 2021

    :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:

  3. Channel 1
    November 12, 2021

    One can always count on CARICOM to engage in these sort of mundane, repetitive tasks which eventually bear no real tangible benefits.

    After this survey is done, the CARICOM leaders will most likey meet in one of their CARICOM talkshops to discuss the findings of the surveys and belch out vacuous platitudes about their plans for youths in the region.

    Then in maybe 3 or so years, we’ll then see this entire process repeat again albeit under a new name.

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    • Ibo France
      November 14, 2021

      Channel 1, that’s the incontrovertible truth. That’s precisely CARICOM’s mode of operation as you so eloquently described.

      These imposters make promises at their meetings, conferences and summits which they had no intentions of fulfilling. They then shelf these promises for a period of years then recycle these same ideas coining each by a different name.

      I would state this without any fear of contraction. The Caribbean has the WORST leaders at this period in time than ever in its history of adult suffrage.

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      • Channel 1
        November 15, 2021

        @Ibo France – Oh yes, definitely.

        Apart from their abilities to talk vacuousness nonsense colored with extravagant and lofty words & phrases, they also seemed to be quite efficient and competent in marshaling the RSS to promptly come to Dominica in December 2019 – the same RSS which proceeded to tear gas the village of Salisbury in the early morning hours of December 5, 2019.

        • Under the radar
          November 16, 2021

          Acts of terrorism. Why isnt the RSS charged with terrorism?

  4. Try
    November 12, 2021

    CARICOM is the worst thing that has happened to the Caribbean. I wished they would just go away into oblivion. Sets of corrupt Rascalssss.

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    • derp
      November 12, 2021

      It’s just a bunch of talk and much ado about nothing. The islands are so close yet there is so much red tape, going to another island should just be like driving down the road, as for those nonsense taxes and airfares, stupes

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    • Eagle-Eyed
      November 13, 2021

      So what alternative are you proposing? Easy to criticise but not as easy to offer solutions/answers eh! You are the typical Nay-Sayer. :twisted: :twisted:

      • Try
        November 14, 2021

        “Eage-Eyed”?😂😂😂😂😂You could have fooled me! You seem more like an Owl to me.😂😂😂😂

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