Pursuant to the relevant laws which support the project, the following is noted of the constituency councils:
[they are] a legally established body of local representatives, who have been appointed and given the authority to voice the concerns of the various residents of the Constituency; to maintain links with Government and other agencies; and to effectively and efficiently assist in the management of resources assigned for the development of the given Constituency.
The empowerment of over 500 persons to represent their communities through the various constituency councils since 2009
Improvements in inter- and intra- ministry linkages through the establishment of operational protocols
Increased levels of volunteerism as a direct consequence of the work of the councils in various communities across the island
The original implementation of the project was facilitated by the establishment of a Project Advisory Team. This team undertook the appropriate academic research and fieldwork (inclusive of several community and national fora) with all stakeholders as a means of soliciting the views of Barbadian as to the relevance of the proposed councils as well as the organisational form they should take.
With respect to the institutional infrastructure supporting the project it was felt that a department of government should be created to guide the processes. The Department of Constituency Empowerment (DCE) was established and has responsibility for the administration of the Constituency Councils. The DCE is the primary link between the Ministry of Social Care and the Councils themselves. To this end the work of the department and the councils is codified under the Constituency Councils Act 2009-9. The councils are 30 in number and are designed to be representative of, and for, each constituency in the island. The members are nominated (not elected) and are appointed as a representative of either community group, a special interest group, a nominee of political organization represented in the national parliament or as a nominee of the minister responsible for the councils. One of the core functions of the DCE is the role it is to play as a conduit for information and the delivery of social and other services between the various agencies of government and the councils and vice versa. The DCE has set up formal protocols with all major government departments on behalf of the councils, which allows for the fast-tracking of issues that have arisen at that level. The councils have named contact persons within various ministries and are free to contact them directly. Regular meetings are held between the leadership of the councils and the Ministry to share best practices and ideas as well as to address any common concerns that may arise.
Technical support was received from the Peoples Republic of China in the form of computer equipment to be used by the DCE and for the individual councils in the pursuit of their mandate duties.