Project profile — Community Disaster Risk Reduction Fund


Caribbean Development Bank (46009)
2012-03-09 - 2020-03-31
Global Affairs Canada
NGM Americas

Country / region 

• Suriname (6.26%)
• Dominica (6.25%)
• Guyana (6.25%)
• Montserrat (6.25%)
• Bahamas (6.25%)
• Saint Vincent And The Grenadines (6.22%)
• Barbados (6.25%)
• Jamaica (6.25%)
• Saint Kitts and Nevis (6.25%)
• Trinidad And Tobago (6.26%)
• Antigua and Barbuda (6.25%)
• Saint Lucia (6.26%)
• Belize (6.25%)
• Grenada (6.25%)
• West Indies, regional (12.50%)


• General Environmental Protection: Environmental policy and administrative management (41010) (25.00%)
• Other Multisector: Disaster Risk Reduction (43060) (4.69%)
• Disaster prevention and preparedness:
Disaster prevention and preparedness (74010) (65.63%)
Multi-hazard response preparedness (74020) (4.68%)

Policy marker 

• Gender equality (significant objective)
• Environmental sustainability (cross-cutting) (significant objective)
• Participatory development and good governance (significant objective)
• Trade development (not targeted)
• Biodiversity (not targeted)
• Climate change mitigation (not targeted)
• Climate Change Adaptation (principal objective)
• Urban issues (not targeted)
• Desertification (not targeted)
• Children's issues (not targeted)
• Youth Issues (not targeted)
• Disaster Risk Reduction(DRR) (principal objective)
• Indigenous Issues (not targeted)
• Disability (not targeted)
• Nutrition (not targeted)
• ICT as a tool for development (not targeted)


This fund supports initiatives that seek to improve communities-based disaster risk management and climate adaptation across the Caribbean. This project assists local organizations by developing and implementing actions that build disaster resilience and enhance livelihoods at the community level. It sensitizes key stakeholders on the potential impacts of natural hazards. This fund is also used to develop and pilot tools, such as the Enhanced Country Poverty Assessments to integrate climate risks related to living conditions at the household, community, and sectoral level, into national plans and poverty assessments. The United Kingdom and the European Union also contributed £2 million and €1.6 million to this fund, respectively.

Expected results 

The expected outcomes for this project include: (1) improved communities’ capacities across the Caribbean region to resist impacts of multiple hazards (forest fires, landslides, droughts and hurricanes) through a robust gender-sensitive bottom-up approach to disaster risk reduction and climate action; and (2) enhanced tools and gender-sensitive approaches to incorporate disaster risk and climate change in assessing national and community plans in countries of the Caribbean.

Results achieved 

Results achieved as of (March 2020) include: (1) completed eight community sub-projects in Belize, the British Virgin Islands, Jamaica and St. Vincent and the Grenadines; (2) these initiatives directly benefitted over 7,100 community residents (of which 4,150 women) and 1,000 farmers (of which 284 women) by improving community infrastructure and early warning systems, climate-smart agriculture; (3) raised awareness and educated on climate change and disaster preparedness. Community groups now have the tools and capacities to reduce the impacts of natural disasters and climate change, and in some cases, benefitted from the construction of small infrastructures, such as shelters, irrigation systems, and earthen drains and culverts to address flood risks; (4) helped to refine gender-sensitive climate resilience tools, such as community vulnerability risk assessments and vulnerable livelihood profiles, including tools that enable climate change adaptation at the community level; (5) developed an Enhanced Country Poverty Assessment toolkit and piloted it in Belize, the British Virgin Islands, Dominica, Grenada and St. Vincent and the Grenadines. Packaged and shared findings and lessons across the Caribbean region; and (6) provided resources to Barbuda’s rehabilitation of community administration infrastructure and disaster management planning, and community-based climate adaptation planning and disaster management in Dominica following the devastation of Hurricanes Irma and Maria in 2017.

Budget and spending 

Original budget $2,500,000
Planned disbursement $0
Transaction Date Type Value
04-02-2020 Disbursement $1,700,000
Country percentages by sector
Type of finance Aid grant excluding debt reorganisation
Collaboration type Bilateral
Type of aid Contributions to specific-purpose programmes and funds managed by implementing partners
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