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20 Years Of Experience In Capacity Development

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BUILDING CAPACITIES FOR COMMUNITY AND INSTITUTIONAL DEVELOPMENT

In the Caribbean, community-based organizations are central to the creation of new knowledge and understanding. We focus on knowledge production that fosters the formation of inclusive community spaces that enable citizens to actively engage in and support responsive development.

PRODUCTIVITY AND INNOVATION

Increased productivity and innovation are critical for the Caribbean region.  At the same time, the region boasts a youthful and relatively educated population who are increasingly connected and entrepreneurial. This cluster identifies documentation that points to the competitive economic advantage, growth and investment opportunities that are both unique and timely for the Caribbean.

DATA AND STATISTICS

Sound development policy, planning, and implementation depend on the availability, reliability, and regularity of quality data and information. This cluster sources and organizes some of the most recent and pertinent data and statistics for on development.

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Meet The Team

We have over 20 years experience combined working with international organizations.

Jay Coombs

CEO

For over 20 years, Jay Coombs has been a Development Practitioner in Belize. In previous professional capacities, she served as the Programme Analyst for the Poverty and Democratic Governance portfolio at the UN Development Program-Belize

, In-Country Manager for the Australian Volunteers for International Development (AVID), Programme Manager for Organisational Development at the US Peace Corps-Belize, and Community and Institutional Development Specialist for the Belize Social Investment Fund. Throughout her career, she has actively established and maintained sound partnerships with national development organizations and supported a wide cross-section of stakeholders, including: municipal bodies, village councils, community groups, academia, youth and civil society organizations with institutional strengthening, capacity development and direct technical assistance.

Jay is a trained researcher with demonstrated experience designing and conducting data collection and analysis using both qualitative and quantitative analysis. Jay brings field experiences from her work with civil society and non-government organisations in Sierra Leone, Liberia and Wales. She earned her Doctorate in Politics at the University of York, UK, Master’s degree in Development Policy and Planning at the University of Wales, Swansea, UK, and Bachelor’s degree in Secondary Education at the University of Belize. Jay is fluent in English and Creole, converses at the intermediate level in Spanish. She is highly competent in Garifuna.

Trina Palacio

Research Assistant

Trina Palacio holds an Associate’s Degree in Economics at St. John’s Junior College in Belize City followed by a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics with minors in Social Development Policy & Planning and Gender Development Studies from the University of the West Indies, St. Augustine Campus in Trinidad and Tobago W.I.  During her academic life, Trina has worked extensively with student organizations such as the Belize Student Association of Trinidad and Tobago, and the Commonwealth Students Association where she held the positions of Student Association President and Belize Representative respectively.  

Ms. Palacio is a past Junior Intern Analyst of the Legacy Fund Limited, where she researched, monitored and presented oral and written reports on the developments in the fields of industrial technology, agribusiness, finance, and economic theory.   Ms. Palacio currently serves as the research assistant for the Centre of Applied Development Studies

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Available from 10:00 – 5:00

Address San Ignacio, Cayo, Belize

Email operations@centreforapplieddevelopmentstudies.com