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Dr Rock
Welcome to The IDGS: NBU, Cave Hill Campus which is devoted to teaching, learning, research, policy development, outreach and advocacy in Barbados and the region.

It is a hub for the voices of women. At the NBU you will find warm and engaging staff and highly qualified academics and scholars who not only teach exciting undergraduate and postgraduate courses and engage in the supervision of our graduate students but are also engaged in several significant research projects that impact the Caribbean.

These projects include:

  1. The popular biennial Caribbean Institute in Gender and Development Studies, a unique a summer training programme established in 1993 which enrolls participants from across the Spanish, French, Creole and English-speaking Caribbean region
  2. The LIVITY Project: Supporting Eastern Caribbean Civil Society Organisations for Social Change.
  3. The PATH Project: Promoting Agency Trust and Hope among Incarcerated Barbadian Youth through Community Engagement. A project which involves the residents of the Barbados Government Industrial Schools. 
  4. The Life Skills, Health and Family Life /Gender-based Violence Curriculum Development Project funded by the Caribbean Development Bank for the Ministry of Education, St. Vincent and the Grenadines.

Within the last year the Unit was awarded a grant from the Green Climate Fund to conduct training for The Gender and Infrastructure Certificate for the Water Sector Resilience Nexus for Sustainability in Barbados, Project.  The NBU engages in Campus outreach activities through various discussions, workshops and seminars for students and public outreach through the Annual Caribbean Catalyst for Change Lecture series in memory of the late Dame Nita Barrow, The Annual International Women’s Day Distinguished Lecture, the Triennial Award for Women who have made sterling contributions to their local communities in Barbados - a collaboration with the Community Development Department, and we are involved annually in the 16 days of Activism to End Gender-based Violence.

I encourage you to visit our website regularly for up to date information on our courses and programmes, research projects, and outreach activiteies.
Institute for Gender & Development Studies
Telephone: (246) 417-4490/4493 Fax:(246) 424-3822 Email: