The Growth and Sustainable Development Strategy (GSDS) encompasses issues covered by previous medium-term economic development plans; but it incorporates, for the first time, both poverty reduction and long-term sustainable development issues. It builds on previous documents including especially Horizon 2030: National Development Framework for Belize 2010-2030. This GSDS is the nation’s primary planning document, providing detailed guidance on priorities and on specific actions to be taken during the planning period, including actions that contribute to longer term development objectives beyond 2019.
The GSDS also refers to, and should be considered to include, many other sectoral and ministerial planning documents. Where not otherwise specified in the GSDS, these sectoral and ministerial plans are to guide development activity during the planning period insofar as they are consistent with the GSDS’s goals and priorities.
At the core of the GSDS is a hierarchical framework of inter-related goals and objectives called the “Belize Framework for Sustainable Development” (BFSD), which is described in detail in Section III. The BFSD provides the structure for the “Program of Action” (Section IV), which in turn describes the actions to be taken in realization of the goals and objectives, which are referred to as “Critical Success Factors” (CSF) and “Necessary Conditions” (NC) for the attainment of the Overall Goal: “To improve the quality of life for all Belizeans, living now and in the future.”
The GSDS also includes planning guidance on implementation and institutional arrangements (Section V), resource mobilization including human resources (Sections VI and VII), capacity development (also in Section VII), and monitoring and evaluation of results (Section VIII).