for Washington IDB visit
General Secretary of the Caribbean Conference of Churches
(CCC), Mr. Gerard Granado, will be among several distinguished
speakers at an Ethics and Development Day, at the Inter-American
Development Bank, (IDB) in Washington , on January 11 th
, 2005 .
The invitation came on behalf of the Inter-American Initiative
on Social Capital, Ethics and Development, which relies on
the Government of Norway's active support.
The Prime Minister of Norway, Mr. Kjell Magne Bondevik,
will inaugurate the event through video conference along
with Nobel Laureate Dr. Amaryta Sen, and IDB President, Mr.
Enrique V. Iglesias.
will make a contribution on behalf of the CCC as part of
a panel discussion on the theme of "The Importance
of Ethics". Chancellor of the University of the West Indies
(UWI), Mr. George Alleyne was also invited to contribute
on this topic.
topics that are to be addressed include: "The Ethical
Responsibilities of Developed Countries" and "Lessons from
the Fight of Transparency." Some themes that will be focused
on under these topics will comprise responsibility in policy
making, ethical education in universities and the strengthening
of volunteer organization.
The Initiative was created in March, 2002, and has fostered
public discussion on the ethical dimensions of development,
while encouraging social actors to undertake ethical responsibilities
in over 30 countries in Latin America . Additionally, the
Initiative is supporting a network of eighty universities
in about 20 countries to introduce ethics and social capital
for development into the curricula.
The General Secretary will be accompanied by Ms. Allison
Bidaisee , Special Assistant to the General Secretary for
Organisational Development and Planning.
Mr. Granado and Ms. Bidaisee will also take the opportunity
to meet with the N.G.O. Division of the IDB and World Bank.
Upon his return, the General Secretary is expected to attend
a Civil Society Meeting in Barbados on January 25 th and
26 th with the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB), and the
Inter-American Development Bank (IDB).
This meeting will focus on strengthening partnerships among
Civil Society Organisations (CSO's), the CDB, and the IDB.
Topics to be addressed will include participation and governance,
initiatives for Capacity Building of Civil Society Organisations,
and Environmental and Vulnerability Issues. Under this heading,
disaster preparedness and response, and the Grenada Experience
will be discussed.