Government of Canada

Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada

Caribbean Regional Program Evaluation 2006-2011

The Caribbean Program covers 11 island states (Antigua and Barbuda, the Bahamas, Barbados, Dominica, Grenada, Jamaica, Montserrat, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, and Trinidad and Tobago) and 3 continental ones (Belize, Guyana, and Suriname). Canada is a major contributor of official development assistance to the region.

Why conduct this evaluation?

The evaluation was conducted to assess the Caribbean Program's performance and results in 2006–2011, during which disbursements totalled $194.7 million.

What did the evaluation find?

Effectiveness: The program achieved valuable results in terms of capacity development. The use of country-specific programming in the earlier part of the evaluation period, in addition to regional projects, contributed to strengthened country capacity for participation in regional activities.

Relevance: There was a good correlation, among many of the projects, with regional and country needs. There were common strands and a progressively narrower focus on trade, economic activities, and vocational training over the five-year period.

The program has had some good results in strengthening capacity in economic and financial management, trade and development initiatives, and environment and disaster-risk management.

Sustainability: Where the program worked with regional institutions and partnerships, sustainability increased because these relationships remained even when there was staff turnover.

Crosscutting themes: Performance on gender equality as a crosscutting theme was mixed, and environmental sustainability was not effectively pursued.

Coherence: Policy dialogue was reasonably effective in some instances, but there is room for improvement. Caribbean officials responsible for aid coordination at the national and regional levels are less aware of substantial Canadian interventions.

Efficiency: Changes in the programming strategy, the decentralization of the program, and the introduction of new reporting mechanisms at the corporate level affected efficiency.

Management principles: There are good examples of donor coordination and consistency with aid effectiveness principles.

The regional programming focus and emphasis on multilateral institutions has created challenges for direct Canadian interaction with stakeholders at the national level.

Performance management: Program staff would benefit from increased support on the application, at the corporate level, of new monitoring and reporting tools to improve results management.

What is next for the Caribbean Program?

  • Strengthening emphasis on capacity building in selected areas of governance and regional integration.
  • Strengthening capacity and effectiveness in supporting environmental sustainability.
  • Capitalizing on Canada's comparative advantage and leadership on gender equality in the region.
  • Strengthening the tracking and communication of the program's performance on regional integration.
  • Increasing flexibility of projects.
  • Strengthening monitoring and reporting.
  • Leading the effort, at the corporate level, for a communications plan regarding Canada's 2007 commitment of $600 million in development assistance to the Caribbean region.

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Full Report — Caribbean Regional Program Evaluation 2006-2011 (PDF, 1.6 MB, 102 pages)
Highlight Sheet — Caribbean Regional Program Evaluation 2006-2011 (PDF, 500 KB, 1 page)