The Ministry of Community Development, Culture and the Arts wants to hear your thoughts as we engage in consultations on the Draft Discussion Document towards a National Policy on Sustainable Community Development. Consultations will be held in North, Central and South Trinidad in July and August. Those consultations will accommodate a limited number of persons. Your voices are important to us and we wish to engage with the widest number of persons. The Discussion Document is provided here for your views and feedback.


The Ministry of Community Development, Culture and the Arts is preparing Trinidad’s first ever National Policy on Sustainable Community Development (NPSCD) guided by Trinidad and Tobago’s National Development Strategy 2016-2030, Vision 2030.

The NPSCD seeks to pursue an approach to community development that is multi-sectoral, transformative, inclusive of all social groups, and is situated in Trinibagonian culture. It addresses issues pertaining to social, economic, cultural, environmental and institutional components of development through a Public, Private Community Partnership Approach.


What is Community Development?

Community development is the facilitated process by which individuals, local organisations and institutions, become empowered and assume responsibility by their collective and deliberate actions, for the spaces in which they live, work and play.

What is sustainable community development?

Sustainable community development refers to the design and management of the community development process to support multi-dimensional human development. It addresses persons’ needs for overall well-being through opportunities for personal growth and development, recreation and social exchange, earning capacity, creative and cultural pursuits, access to quality goods and services, and safety. These needs are pursued in ways which meet the demands of the present without jeopardising the ability to fulfil those needs in the future.

Goals of NPSCD

Multi-sectoral: To implement an approach to community development whereby all relevant public sector entities, not-for-profit organisations and the private sector work together to transform vulnerable communities .

Transformative: To promote actions that would transform unproductive circumstances of vulnerable communities and the individuals, families and groups therein.

Cultural: To assist communities to become a hub for development and promotion of all things cultural.

Cohesive: To facilitate the development of communities where residents work together effectively, strong positive leadership emerges, and the community respects and celebrates diversity.

Infrastructural: To ensure that the community’s natural and built environments serve social, economic and ecological development.

Democratic: To facilitate the full participation of residents and community based organisations in community development.

Economic: To cater to the use of local and other resources in the development of thriving community based businesses, innovative entrepreneurs and livelihoods located in communities.

Deadline for Comments

Please provide feedback on the Draft Discussion Document towards a National Policy on Sustainable Community Development on or before September 30th, 2017.

Draft - National Policy on Sustainable Community Development

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