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Supporting national strategic development planning in Saint Lucia

The Department of Economic Planning and National Development requested technical assistance to support an integrated approach to develop a National Sustainable Development Strategy.

Country: Saint Lucia
Host: Department of Economic Planning and National Development (MEPND)
Start date: 30/10/2012
End date: 31/03/2015
Policy area: Economic Development
Policy expert: Wonderful Khonje
Project manager: Joel Burman


Saint Lucia faces a number of challenges to its economic development including dependence on a narrow range of exports, resource limitations, and access to major markets, and vulnerability to natural disasters. Exposure to these factors has affected the ability of St Lucia to progress towards the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

This project reflected the United Nation’s Mauritius Strategy for the implementation of the 'Barbados Programme of Action for the Sustainable Development of Small Island Developing States' which calls for an integrated approach to sustainable development in small states. 


This project assisted DEPND to develop a National Sustainable Development Strategy (NSDS) that integrates social, economic, environmental and political aspects to ensure the sustainable use of resources and development. The project aimed to ensure the NSDS encompasses a poverty reduction strategy as one of the main development priorities.


The immediate beneficiaries of this project were the DEPND, which has received both the foundationary frameworks and documents as well as strengthened capacity to develop integrated and sustainable development plans.

The NSDS itself will support the economic resilience of Saint Lucia across the key resilience components of macroeconomic stability, microeconomic efficiency, good governance and social cohesion. In the longer term the wider public and private sectors will consequently benefit through enhanced coherence and collaboration across the development agenda, and more strategic implementation of national development priorities, responding to the sustainable development challenges across Saint Lucia.

  1. The development of Saint Lucia’s draft National Sustainable Development Plan (NSDP) integrating social, economic, and environmental aspects of development and focusing on sustainable development and resilience
  2. Development of the NSDS (as Part 3 of the NSDP) covering the medium-to-long term path towards sustainable development, inclusive growth, green and resilient economy as expressed in the Vision
  3. Development of institutional mechanisms - in the Advisory Committee for the NSDP, the Summit Working Groups (SWG) and Technical Core Groups – to support the development and refinement of the Situational Analyses, High-level Vision, and medium-to-long-term NSDP
  4. Situational Analyses to support the NSDP have been completed, across 36 social and economic sectors
  5. A set of medium-term Strategic Business Plans (SBP) and Results Frame Document (RFD) were developed for the Ministry of Tourism derived from the NSDP, as a pilot for Ministry-level NSDP implementation
  6. 19 staff members and members of NSDP Technical Working Groups received capacity building and on-the-job training in IDP principles and techniques directly connected to the NSDP process. Additionally, IDP Training Curriculum was developed for relevant Ministries, Departments and Agencies.