In a global conversation about partnership for development, hosted by the Clinton Global Initiative during its sixth Action Network on Post-Disaster Recovery, The University of the West Indies was commended as an institution that had earned trust and partner confidence.
The UWI’s reputation for delivery as a premier research engine in areas such as public health and climate action was also lauded.
Representing The UWI in the virtual roundtable “Leading the Way: Climate Resilience in the Caribbean,” on May 26 was Dr. Stacy Richards-Kennedy, Director of University Office of Global Partnerships and Sustainable Futures, who engaged with representatives from leading international foundations, funding agencies and private sector corporations. The private, invitation-only session was organised to highlight opportunities for philanthropies and institutional donors to advance innovative community resilience and climate change mitigation approaches through investments in Caribbean organisations and projects.
Speaking on the importance of global partnerships to strengthen resilience in the Caribbean, Dr. Richards-Kennedy shared that The UWI, as the Caribbean’s leading higher education institution has developed a distinctive global partnership strategy.
“In addition to teaching, research and the production of knowledge, UWI has gone a step further to prioritise knowledge brokerage by establishing an office that connects knowledge to opportunities for multi-stakeholder development solutions that will impact lives. “As an activist university, The UWI is committed not only to building partnerships, but partnerships that are driven by passion and purpose,” she said.
“We consider ourselves an SDG-engaged university and global partnerships allow us to expand the opportunities available to our faculty and to our students, by joining forces with collaborators who are committed to Caribbean development.”
In his closing remarks, Greg Milne, Chief Executive Officer of the Clinton Foundation emphasized the need to continue the dialogue to move the needle collectively, particularly in the critical areas of climate action and economic diversification in the Caribbean region.