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Since the establishment of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), several institutions have been formed under its umbrella or with its collaboration. These are categorised into two sets, namely Community and Associate. Community Institutions are fully funded by CARICOM, whereas Associate Institutions are funded partly by CARICOM and partly by international donor organisations or countries. Each group exists to provide practical support to CARICOM Member States and foster greater collaboration between them.

Some of CARICOM’s Community Institutions include:

• Caribbean Disaster Emergency Response Agency (CDERA) – assists Member States with disaster relief after severe hurricanes
• Caribbean Meteorological Institute (CMI) – provides training for students and practitioners of meteorology and other related disciplines
• Caribbean Environmental Health Institute (CEHI) – provides technical and advisory services to Member States in all areas of environmental management
• Caribbean Centre for Developmental Administration (CARICAD) – promotes organisational development within the public sectors of Member States by providing assistance in areas such as strategic planning, human resource planning and public finance management
• Caribbean Food and Nutrition Institute (CFNI) – manages and prevents the key nutritional problems facing Caribbean countries through training programmes and public education initiatives

The CARICOM Associate Institutions are:

• Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) – CDB provides funds to assist CARICOM nations in financing social and economic programmes within Member States.
• University of Guyana (UG) – The University is Guyana’s only national higher education institution. It was founded in April 1963 and offers over 60 undergraduate and post-graduate courses.
• University of the West Indies (UWI) – The UWI has branches in three CARICOM countries – Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago and Barbados. It serves the higher education needs of 18 English-speaking territories in the Caribbean.
• Caribbean Law Institute (CLI) – The CLI is the main information source on laws affecting trade in the Caribbean region, covering subjects such as Company Law, Shipping Law, Treaties, Environmental Law Survey, Insurance Law, Consumer Law, Banking Law and Bankruptcy.
• The Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) – The OECS promotes the protection of human and legal rights, and the encouragement of good governance between countries and dependencies in the Lesser Antilles in the Eastern Caribbean. The organisation has its own currency, which is used in eight of the nine member countries.

For further information, please visit www.caricom.org