The Caribbean Local Economic Development Program (CARILED) was a five-year, $22.9-million program that ended in March 2017. It was operated by the Federation of Canadian Municipalities in partnership with the Caribbean Forum of Local Government Ministers, the Caribbean Association of Local Government Authorities and the Commonwealth Local Government Forum. The program was funded by the governmental agency, Global Affairs, Canada, and headquartered in Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago.
To develop and update the local economic area profile for the Chaguanas Borough Corporation in Trinidad and Tobago in two separate phases. This information would inform how CARILED rolled out its local economic development (LED) projects in the area over the course of five years.
The project spanned the summer months of 2013 and 2014 during which I worked closely with the Chaguanas Borough Corporation, the Ministry of Local Government, and CARILED to understand the dynamics of LED in Chaguanas independent of CARILED’s proposed intervention. I also conducted interviews with community leaders, street and vegetable vendors, and public servants to gauge their perceptions of LED so that I could compare and contrast top-down and bottom-up approaches to LED planning. In the early stages of this project, I also relied on past government documentation and literature review to make a historical case study for LED in Chaguanas.