The West India Committee seeks to develop sustainable prosperity amongst the West Indian community both in the Caribbean and within the societies in which they live and work globally, providing a means whereby West Indians may themselves resolve the issues that had hindered their progress for generations.
The mission of WIC is to improve the knowledge, awareness and understanding of the Caribbean, and its peoples, as one of the most racially, culturally and religiously diverse communities in the world, whose people under perform within education and face grave danger in relation to global warming, rising sea levels, water shortage and disease.
The West India Committee focuses upon the following activities:
WIC advises governments, civil institutions, corporates and NGO’s, both in the Caribbean and internationally, on the development and implementation of sustainable, socially and environmentally friendly strategies.
Education and training
WIC grants scholarships and bursaries for tertiary education and provides training for professional, academic and vocational courses.
Preservation of heritage
WIC was originally founded in 1735 in London as a trade association, and has been responsible for many historic milestones in the mutual heritage of the UK and the Caribbean. The archives of the West India Committee are particularly rich, including the expeditions of Captain Bligh in 1787, the invention of the world’s first Police Force in 1798 and the founding of the West India Dock Company that built London’s first purpose built dock, West India Quay in 1802.
WIC devises and supports international, regional and national networks to facilitate development. Where necessary, the Charity also provides assistance to enable countries, institutions and individuals with limited resources and capacity to participate and benefit from these relationships. WIC strives to support and improve communications that may facilitate knowledge and skills transfer in a sustainable manner, accessible to all levels of society, and in particular, for those who are persistently excluded from opportunities for self-advancement and improvement of the communities in which they live and work.