Re-imagining Development for Small Island Developing States (SIDS):
Post-Pandemic Transformations

September 28-30, 2021

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Welcome Message

Aldrie Henry-Lee, Professor

Conference Chair

On behalf of the Directors, staff and students of the Sir Arthur Lewis Institute of Social and Economic Studies (SALISES) and our conference partner, The United Nations Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (UNECLAC), I warmly welcome you to the 22nd annual SALISES conference. This annual conference is hosted each year by one of the three campus units in Cave Hill, St. Augustine or Mona and is usually held face-to-face in one of the three host countries.

Due to the current pandemic, the 2020 annual conference was held virtually. As much as we would like to resume our face-to-face attendance, we will host the 2021 conference virtually to ensure the safety of all our participants. The 22nd annual SALISES conference is being held virtually on September 28-30, 2021 under the theme: "Re-imagining Development for Small Island Developing States (SIDs): Post-Pandemic Transformations."

About the


The COVID-19 pandemic has wreaked havoc worldwide, especially in small island developing states (SIDS). Economies have contracted, health systems have been overwhelmed and social life as we know it, has been drastically disrupted. Pre COVID-19, SIDS struggled with weak economies, high levels of poverty; inequality and debts, and heavy dependence on overseas development assistance (ODA); large informal sectors; and the impact of climate change. The virus has exposed deeply-rooted structural problems and heightened existing vulnerabilities in SIDS.



Hyginus ‘Gene’ Leon

President Caribbean Development Bank


Sir Hilary Beckles

Vice-Chancellor of The University of the West Indies


Diane Quarless

Director, Caribbean Subregional Headquarters, UN Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean

Expected outputs
of the conference are

Increased opportunity for policy dialogue, research, and collaboration

Increased research activity of SALISES research clusters

Conference presentations to be made available on the SALISES website

Peer-reviewed articles in special issues of Social and Economic Studies and Journal of Eastern Caribbean States