Speakers for the 2018 Symposium of Best Practices in Social and Community Symposium Confirmed
The organizers of the annual Symposium of Best Practices in Social and Community Development have confirmed the programme and speakers for the event on November 14 in Kingston. The areas of focus are: parenting and family; livelihoods; transformation of the physical environment; and safety and security. Minister of National Security, Dr Horace Chang, will deliver the keynote address on the theme “Operationalizing Best Practices at the Policy, Programme and Community Levels”.
Among the confirmed presenters are: anthropologist at the UWI Dr Herbert Gayle; CEO of the National Parenting Support Commission (NPSC), Ms Kaysia Kerr; Psychological Services Coordinator at CSJP III, Dr Melva Spence; representatives from the Clarendon Municipal Corporation, the CEO, Mr Rowhan Blake and the Local Economic Development Officer Mr Damion Young; Researcher in Alternative Energy at the Caribbean Maritime University, Mr Herman Shim.
Director General of the Planning Institute of Jamaica (PIOJ), Dr Wayne Henry, says, “The symposium of best practices has been providing an opportunity for practitioners and stakeholders in social and community development, including the residents of communities who work alongside the practitioners, to have discussions on successful strategies and actions for tackling critical development issues.”
The best practices symposium promotes coordination and collaboration among development specialists and other practitioners who work in the NGO and social services sector and is jointly organised by the Planning Institute of Jamaica’s Community Renewal Programme (PIOJ-CRP); Jamaica Social Investment Fund (JSIF); Citizen Security and Justice Programme III (CSJP-III); Jamaica Public Service (JPS); National Housing Trust (NHT); Social Development Commission (SDC); USAID and FHI 360 through Local Partner Development.
The symposium will be streamed live to the public on the Facebook pages of the partner agencies and invites feedback using the hashtag #BestPracticeSymposium2018.