The staging of Qualitative Inquiry in the Caribbean is a response to the growing interest in developing networks for qualitative researchers in the Caribbean. It comes two years after the Symposium in Qualitative Inquiry held by the School of Education at the University of the West Indies, Jamaica in October 2007. The 2009 conference theme, Qualitative Research for Caribbean Development, highlights qualitative research that contributes to the social, cultural and educational development of Caribbean people in the region and in the Diaspora. We encourage participation of researchers from a variety of disciplines, theoretical perspectives and geographical locations.