Our Team for Barbados
Dr. Marcia Brandon
- Caribbean Centre of Excellence for Sustainable Livelihoods (COESL)
Debbie Ann Estwick
- Barbados Investment Development Corporation
Caribbean Centre of Excellence for Sustainable Livelihoods (CoESL) works virtually and physically in Barbados, throughout the region and outside of the region, with Approved Preferred Partners (APP), focused on innovation-driven social and economic development solutions for families and communities through women and youth in vulnerable situations. CoESL is a force for good which practices virtuous entrepreneurship and helps women and youth entrepreneurs, social entrepreneurs, community-based professionals of Caribbean and African heritage, to become entrepreneurial, resilient citizens. The organization uses proven tools and techniques to help them to start and grow their own businesses, social enterprises, or to become more engaged/productive citizens. The Centre’s philosophy rotates around its Complementary Capitalism model (CCm), underpinned by its 4Ps approach. We are intentionally and deliberately spreading the practice of complementing rather than competing. We are mindfully practicing authenticity and helping the people with whom we work to model transformational habits, behaviours and attitudes.
The CoESL helps to inculcate the “leaving no one behind” model. We focus on Developing People to find their purpose and make their own sustainable livelihoods, Preserving the Planet, Maintaining Peace and Building durable Partnerships, (4P’s).