International Development, Community, and Environment

Title

CARICOM Caribbean’s HRD 2030 Strategy: Inscribing the Neoliberal Imaginary Through Social Planning?

Document Type

Article

Abstract

The globalisation’s ‘knowledge economy’ has created a new set of human capital requirements. The guiding policy and planning document, The CARICOM Human Resource Development 2030 Strategy: Unlocking Caribbean Human Potential document, ‘serves as a roadmap for the CARICOM Caribbean’s responses to these human capital demands. I conduct a critical analysis of this document’s policy discourses to ascertain their core values and strategies, as well as their implications for the education and development of the CARICOM Caribbean. I find that the emergent discourses and ideas–neoliberal education reform and state-led social planning–provide a cautionary tale of the potential impact of educational change driven by the neoliberal imaginary of globalisation. A chief concern is that as the discourse of education as a tool for social planning is utilised according to a neoliberal logic of the education system operational reform discourse, the deep social development problems already characterising Caribbean education and other development challenges, may very well be exacerbated.

Publication Title

Globalisation, Societies and Education

Publication Date

12-8-2021

ISSN

1476-7724

DOI

10.1080/14767724.2021.2013166

Keywords

CARICOM Caribbean human capital development, critical policy analysis, discourse analysis, education reform, neoliberal globalisation and education, social planning

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