October 7, 2015

The Eastern and Southern Caribbean (ESC) region includes the six independent countries of the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS: Antigua and Barbuda, Dominica, Grenada, St. Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, and St. Vincent and the Grenadines), Barbados, Trinidad and Tobago, Guyana and Suriname, all of which emerged as independent nations only in the last 50 years. Situated between South America and the United States, the region has become a key conduit for regional trade as well as, more recently, illicit drug en route from South America to North America and Europe.

The ten countries of the ESC region vary in demographic and ethnic composition, and the drivers of economic growth in the two South American countries (mining and agriculture) and in Trinidad and Tobago (energy) differ from those of the six other OECS island states and Barbados (tourism). Yet these ten countries share some of the most severe challenges to their sustainable development. Those common challenges include:

USAID Mission Director Christopher Cushing (left) and Rule of Law Specialist, Yolande Forde
September 24, 2015

Young entrepreneurs were encouraged to dream big, take risks, and affix their “brand” onto the world stage at today’s opening ceremony of the Caribbean Youth Entrepreneurship Summit (C-YES) at the Courtyard Marriott Hotel in Hastings, Barbados.

Their smiles say it all! Guyana’s new small business owners bask in their success.
September 23, 2015

Guyana has 20 new youth small business owners, as a result of support from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID)-funded Skills and Knowledge for Youth Employment (SKYE) Program.

USAID/ESC Mission Director, Christopher Cushing (second right), PADF Executive Director, John Sanbrailo and Caterina Valero, PAD
September 23, 2015

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) is helping to improve the lives and livelihoods of at-risk youth within the Eastern and Southern Caribbean through high-impact partnerships aimed at promoting sustainable local solutions.

USAID/OFDA Disaster Relief Management Specialists  hand over the generators purchased by USAID
September 18, 2015

Dominican families are receiving timely assistance from the United States Government (USG) and American people as they continue to grapple with the dislocation caused by Tropical Storm Erika.

In addition to the over $165,000 of USG disaster relief assistance targeted to Dominica, assessment teams from the United States Agency for International Development’s Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance (USAID/OFDA) are working diligently on the ground to assess and address the most critical needs as they surface.

 Ambassador Larry Palmer (left) and Mission Director Christopher Cushing (right)  are joined by Saboto Caesar, St. Vincent
August 23, 2015

In an effort to protect critical marine ecosystems and reduce threats to the region’s fisheries and tourism sectors, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) has launched a US$12.5 million Caribbean Marine Biodiversity Program (CMBP), to promote conservation in high priority areas across the Eastern Caribbean.


Last updated: October 07, 2015

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