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IDB appoints Swaby, Lewis to Civil Society Consulting Group

Published:Monday | July 17, 2017 | 12:00 AM
Gordon Swaby
Emma Lewis

The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) has appointed technology innovator Gordon Swaby and public affairs blogger Emma Lewis as the newest members of its Civil Society Consulting Group (ConSOC) in Jamaica.

In a release, the IDB said it supports the establishment of Civil Society Consulting Groups in each of its 28 member countries as a forum for dialogue and exchange with national civil society actors at the country level.

"These Civil Society Consulting Groups help the IDB to understand and analyse the role and contributions of civil society in the changing development process of its members countries," the release stated.




"The recent appointments of Gordon Swaby and Emma Lewis in Jamaica are intended to broaden the IDB's already diverse understanding of key development issues and through continuous engagement, contribute to a culture of communication between the IDB and civil society."

A blogger and writer with wide-ranging experience in the field of public affairs and communications, Lewis currently serves on the board of directors of the Environmental Foundation of Jamaica and the Natural History Museum of Jamaica.

She is a member of BirdsCaribbean's Media Working Group and BirdLife Jamaica.

Lewis has also previously served on the boards of J-FLAG and Eve for Life Jamaica.

Swaby is the CEO of multiple award-winning non-governmental organisation EduFocal Limited.

EduFocal Limited is an online social learning community focused on using technology to enrich the learning experience outside of the classroom. In 2014, Gordon was recognised by the IDB as a leading innovator and travelled to Bahia, Brazil, along with nine other experts from Latin America and the Caribbean to present to the IDB's board of governors and IDB President Luis Alberto Moreno.

"The IDB in Jamaica is very happy to appoint impactful change agents like Emma and Gordon to our ConSOC. Their unique experiences and expertise in their respective professional and development areas will augur well for the IDB's commitment to understanding and facilitating the development process in Jamaica, which, ultimately, helps us to realise our vision to improve lives," noted Therese Turner-Jones, the IDB's country representative for Jamaica and the general manager for its Caribbean Country Department.


Other members of the IDB's Civil Society Consulting Group


- Omar Azan

- Jermaine Case

- Dennis Chung

- Dr Marcia Forbes

- Dr Carolyn Gomes

- Jason Henzell

- Debra Lopez-Spence

- Diana McCaulay

- Karen McDonald Gayle

- Dr Hopeton Morrison

- Professor Trevor Munroe

- Dr Ruth Potopsingh

- Milton Samuda