Programme Details


The Caribbean Institute in Gender & Development: An Intensive Training programme is a certificate Course in Gender and Development Studies.

Overview: Who is the Programme for?

The programme is for anyone working or interested in the field of social development. It will benefit persons interested in understanding the issues of gender and development within Caribbean societies, particularly practitioners within government and non-governmental institutions, community-based and service oriented organisations.

The programme focuses on the issues of gender and development within Caribbean Societies from a feminist perspective. It comprises a number of interdisciplinary modules offered at the undergraduate level.

The programme is offered under two options. All participants must complete the four-week intensive period of participatory learning (in residence) at the Cave Hill Campus and project. Under option 1, participants will complete the requirements of the course at the end of the four-week period. Under option 2, participants will be required to return to present their research projects after a six week period of field work/research. Option 2 costs may include additional airfare and accommodation or participants may present their final projects via videoconferencing.

Objectives: What do we want to achieve?

The programme introduces participants to theoretical and methodological approaches to the issue of gender relations. It examines the differential impact of unequal relations of gender and how these relations affect the process of social change. It seeks to empower participants to transform their communities and to enhance their capacity to contribute to the process of changing their societies.

Specific Objectives

At the end of the programme participants will be able to:

Apply feminist theories and methodologies to everyday issues in Caribbean societies.

Utilise a range of gender analysis tools and techniques to ensure gender-sensitive programming and policy making.

Examine historical, political, cultural, environmental, social and economic issues from the perspective of the social relations of gender.

Create and communicate new knowledge about gender and development issues

Demonstrate increased self-awareness and self-confidence.

Act as catalysts for change by developing their leadership and communication skills.

 Share experiences and develop networks as a basis for future action.


The 13th Institute takes place in Barbados July 1-31, 2019.


Course units will be selected from:

  • Feminist Theories & Caribbean Development
  • Applying the Tools of Gender Analysis
  • Gender, Health and Development
  • Gender, Globalisation and Trade
  • Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights
  • Gender and Sexuality
  • Gender and Violence
  • Intimate Partner Violence
  • Gender and Economic Empowerment
  • Women and Political Participation
  • Religion and Gender
  • Men and Masculinities
  • Creating and Communicating Knowledge
  • Participatory Action Research
  • Proposal Writing
  • Gender, Climate Change and Disaster
  • Community Mobilisation and Activism


The language of instruction is English. Candidates from other language regions in the Caribbean and internationally are particularly welcomed. 

Course Methods

The programme uses an interdisciplinary and participatory method of instruction. Participants and resource persons will explore creative ways of learning and teaching.

The results of the project may be a research paper, a document such as a manual or resource kit, or a range of video or audio products.

Resource Persons

Participants are exposed to a wide cross section of academics, activists and policymakers.


A UWI certificate will be presented to each participant who successfully completes all components of the Programme. Certificates are also awarded distinctions to recognise outstanding work.

Requirements for Entry

A minimum of 5 CXC or Ordinary Level passes or a high school education are required for entry into the programme.

Requirements for Completion

Attendance & active participation
Completion & Presentation of final project


In addition to tuition, participants must cover the cost of housing (approximately USD$900-990), meals (approximately USD$600-660) and airfare.

Deadline for receipt of applications: January 25, 2019.

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