Conference of Community Development Committees

“The Governance framework: The Pathway to Local Economic Development”

On Wednesday, October 2 2013 the Social Development Commission of Manchester, in conjunction with the National Association of Parish Development Committees and the National Integrity Action hosted a ‘Conference of Community Development Committees’ under the theme ‘The Governance Framework: The Pathway to Local Economic Development’. The conference was held at Mandeville Parish Church Hall. The forum aimed to inform and engage community leaders on the need for new inclusive legislation for community development committees.

Among several notable persons, the conference featured presenter, the Honourable Noel Arscott, Minister of Local Government and Community Development.

The Manchester Parish Development Committee’s Chairman, Dr. Clifton Reid gave a speech on ‘Partnership for Good Governance’. Dr. Reid’s fill presentation is available for reading here: Partnerships for Good Governance Speech

See below for the full conference programme and some photographs from the event!

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Opening Remarks and Welcome
Mr. Beverly Boothe: Parish Manager, SDC Manchester

Community Song and Prayer:
Mrs. Doris Lewis: Lancaster CDC

Greetings: Members of Parliament

Review of Agenda and Conference Objectives
Ms. Eurica Douglas – Moderator: General Manager, NAPDEC

“The Journey (LGRP)”
Dr. Dwayne Vernon: Executive Director, SDC

Social Entrepreneurship: Creating the link between Community Development and Economic Development
Dr. Henley Morgan: Social Entrepreneur

Highlights of Community Economic Initiatives:
Grove Place Bee Keeping
South Manchester Herbs and Spices

Local Governance and Accountability: Pathway to Prosperity
Ms. Nadiya Figueroa: Deputy Director, External Relations – NIA

Partnership for Good Governance
Dr. Clifton Reid: Chair, Manchester PDC

Petition to be Signed

The Essence of Participatory Democracy
Mr. Paul Burke: Chairman Board of Directors, SDC

Introduction of Minister
Ms. Alicia Muirhead: CDO, SDC

Hon. Noel Arscott: Minister of Local Government and Community Development.


Parish Governance Sessions

  • Community Entrepreneurship
  • Governance and Integrity
  • Local Government Reform and Community Development
  • The Importance of Safety and Security in Community Development
  • The Ideal CDC

Presentations from Parish Governance Sessions

Summary and Next Steps
Ms. Eurica Douglas

Vote of Thanks
Mr. Oren Osbourne: Field Supervisor, SDC


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