The Caribbean Conference of Churches (CCC) is the recognized Regional Ecumenical Organization (REO) of the Caribbean and one of the major development agencies at work in the Caribbean today. Currently comprised of 33 member churches in 34 territories across the Dutch, English, French and Spanish speaking territories of the region, it was founded in 1973.
The CCC has been serving the people of the Region for three decades through its various programmatic initiatives and other mechanisms, striving to be faithful to its mandate “Promoting Ecumenism and Social Change in Obedience to Jesus Christ and in Solidarity with the Poor.”
Indeed, in so doing it has had many accomplishments in the social, economic and theological spheres. Throughout its existence, the CCC has also been able to establish sound collaborative relationships with other ecumenical and developmental organizations on a territorial, regional and international level.
These include U.N. Agencies, the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA), the British Government’s Department for International Development (DFID), and Regional Governmental and State Bodies including the Caribbean Community (CARICOM).
The CCC has always been concerned with and dedicated to holistic development in the Caribbean region. Given its span and implementation capacity, it is well poised to be the implementing agency for regional programmatic initiatives as it possesses a reach throughout the region that far surpasses that of any other single Caribbean institution.
Indeed, as the first regional development Non Governmental Organization (NGO), the CCC has had many signal achievements. These include the training of journalists through the Communicarib Training Programme in Barbados; the formation of the Rape Crisis Centre in Trinidad and the establishment of what is now the Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO), among others.
More recently, the CCC has joined hands with CIDA in the implementation of a regional HIV/AIDS programme entitled “Building a Faith-based Response to HIV/AIDS in the Caribbean”; with the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) in the signing of an Exchange of Letters regarding the respect, protection and fulfillment of the Rights of Children in Central America and the Caribbean; with the UNAIDS in the implementation of a Youth HIV/AIDS Prevention and Behaviour Change Programme; with DFID in the implementation of the TAMEC programme (Targeted Assistance for Montserratian Evacuees in the Caribbean); and with the United Nations Office for Drug Control (UNODC) - then known as the United Nations Drug Control Programme (UNDCP) in the implementation of a regional Drug Demand Reduction Programme. The CCC is also very proactive in advocating for Human Rights and Justice issues on behalf of its church membership.
The work of the CCC continues to be recognised regionally and internationally as recently reflected in CCC being unanimously selected to be the recipient of the National Coalition on Caribbean Affairs’ (NCOCA) United States of America (USA) 2006 International Service Award.
This Award is given to a person or entity that has worked at international level and whose work at that level has been beneficial to the Caribbean Region.