Third sector organizations, also known as not-for-profits, charities, social enterprises, voluntary, self-help groups and faith-based organizations are important in helping Government achieve its Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
Minister of Labour and Social Partnership Relations, Colin Jordan, expressed this view as he addressed the Civil Society and Government Dialogue on Creating an Enabling Policy and Legislative Environment for NGOs Meeting, hosted by the Caribbean Policy Development Centre (CPDC) at the Courtyard by Marriott Hotel, this morning.
Elaborating on the importance of the Third Sector, Mr. Jordan stated: “If we critically assess the operations and outcomes of the NGOs or Civil Society Organizations that comprise the Third Sector, though often operating outside the sphere of both the public and private sectors, it is clear that they are indeed seeking the same outcomes as Government….
“Those outcomes are to advocate for and to improve the lives of the people whom they serve, thus ensuring that society is safe and provides opportunities for people to live, grow, play, succeed and contribute.”
The meeting was held to review and discuss a draft policy paper prepared by the CPDC, which will be presented to the Ministry of Labour and Social Partnership Relations. The Minister assured those present that his Ministry would review the draft policy paper, enhance it where necessary and submit it to Cabinet for policy and eventually for legislation.
Mr. Jordan also emphasized his Ministry’s commitment to facilitating and providing the necessary framework for organizations such as NGOs to develop and flourish, which he said can only occur through open and honest communication, commitment by all involved, a high level of buy-in and shared vision.
Minister Jordan urged the Third Sector to capitalize on and take advantage of training opportunities offered by other NGOs, that aim at assisting them with their governance and reporting structure.
He thanked the CPDC and the Third Sector for assisting where Government and the private sector could not and for the passion with which they continue to assist the Barbadian population.