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Saint Lucia's experience with formulating a national sustainable development strategy

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In response to domestic development challenges and calls from the international community for countries to develop and begin the implementation of national sustainable development strategies by 2005, the Government of Saint Lucia initiated a project named Integrated Planning for Sustainable National Development in 2002. Under this initiative, it was intended to articulate a vision for the country's development and use this as the basis for identifying a set of development imperatives through a process that will superimpose identified national development goals and targets on the international sustainable development agenda to arrive at a national strategy and plan for sustainable development. The plan also called for institutional and structural adjustments to move the country away from current sectoral-based development planning to an environment of dialogue, cooperation and collaboration among development partners in the articulation of development policies, plans and projects. The initiative did not evolve as planned mainly due to inadequate political and financial support and the inability of key institutions to see the bigger picture this initiative tried to paint for the nation.

Keywords: Integrated development planning; International development agenda; National development agenda; Saint Lucia; Sustainable development

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1477-8947.2006.00163.x

Affiliations: Saint Lucia National Trust, Castries, Saint Lucia and Government of Saint Lucia

Publication date: May 1, 2006

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