World Bank consults Caribbean LGBTI experts


The World Bank brought representatives of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex community to a one-day meeting on January 16, 2015, in Barbados as part of ongoing consultation with external stakeholders. United and Strong’s Kenita Placide is one of two participants from Saint Lucia nominated to attend the meeting that saw eleven activists from countries that include Suriname, Jamaica, Bahamas and Haiti, dialoguing with the World Bank and the Caribbean Development Bank.

The input of Caribbean LGBTI experts is part of phase two of the policy review and update of the World Bank’s Environmental and Social Framework. The meeting considered the first draft of the Environment and Social Framework.

The consultations will feedback into development of an updated set of policies that embody core values of the institution and are the cornerstone of the Bank’s efforts to protect people and the environment and to ensure good development outcomes.

This follows the first phase of consultations with shareholders, internal stakeholders, and a wide range of external participants, reaching more than 2,000 stakeholders from over 40 countries from all regions across the world.

The main objective of the review is to strengthen the effectiveness of the safeguard policies in order to enhance the development impact of World Bank-supported projects and programs.

United and Strong is Saint Lucia’s sole LGBTI representative organisation. Formed in 2001 as part of response to HIV/AIDS, it now has a more diverse mandate including human rights.


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