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UWI SIGN MOU ON REPARATIONS With Scottish University From UK

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The University of the West Indies (UWI) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the
University of Glasgow (UoG) agreeing to partner in a reparations strategy that focuses on how best to
use this historical knowledge in order to fashion reparatory justice tools and research for Caribbean
development.
According to a UWI statement, the MoU will enable the University of Glasgow to make specific and
general contributions to Caribbean problem solving development.
The document, framed as a “Reparatory Justice” initiative, acknowledges that while the University of
Glasgow lent support to efforts to abolish the trade in enslaved Africans and to end slavery, it also
received significant financial support from people whose wealth was derived from African enslavement.
Under the terms of the MoU the two universities agreed to establish the Glasgow-Caribbean Centre for
Development Research.
The move has been welcomed by the Chairman of the National
Reparations Committee.
The University of Glasgow, has agreed to make £20 million available
over twenty years, as part of its programme of reparative justice.
In addition, it will work with the UWI to attract external funding for
mutually agreed projects that will benefit the communities of the
Caribbean islands and other parts of the world affected by the slave
trade.
Over a period of time the two entities hope to identify solutions to several contemporary problems
which have arisen from the slave trade era and which have been identified by the Caribbean
Reparations Commision

The other areas according to Mr Bousquet are not areas the
university can influence such as the cancellation of debt among
other issues.
Another celebratory signing of the MoU is scheduled at the
University of Glasgow on August 23, 2019, coinciding with
UNESCO’s International Day of Remembrance of the Slave Trade. It

will include the unveiling of a commemorative plaque in honour of
the enslaved.

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