Project profile — Caribbean Disaster Responsive Fund


2001-08-02 - 2023-03-31
Global Affairs Canada
NGM Americas

Country / region 

• West Indies, regional (100.00%)


• General Environmental Protection: Environmental policy and administrative management (41010) (30.00%)
• Emergency Response: Material relief assistance and services (72010) (70.00%)

Policy marker 

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


This project aims to assist the region in meeting the development challenges posed by recurrent natural disasters. This responsive fund is designed to provide short-term assistance after major disasters in critical humanitarian needs and timely damage assessment to facilitate the restoration of critical services. The fund provides for the services of two technical experts, one in water and sanitation and a second in airport damage assessment, as part of a larger donor-coordinated rapid response disaster assessment team for the Caribbean.

Expected results 

The expected outcomes for this project include: (1) enhanced assessment of basic humanitarian needs of disaster affected populations; and (2) enhanced restoration of critical infrastructure for post-disaster recovery.

Results achieved 

Results achieved at the end of the project (March 2023) include: (1) deployed water and sanitation specialists to Grenada (Hurricane Ivan, 2004), St. Lucia (Hurricane Tomas, 2010) and Bahamas (Hurricane Joaquin, 2015); (2) deployed airport specialists to Grenada (Hurricane Ivan 2004), Dominica (Hurricane Maria, 2017), and Bahamas (Hurricane Dorian, 2019); (3) Dominica Association of Local Community Authorities (DALCA) protected the Silver Hill community public sanitary facility threatened by erosion after the heavy rainfall in December 2013; (4) the Water and Sewerage Company Ltd (WASCO) in St. Lucia improved the water storage capacity of four rural communities that are cut off from supplies when there is a heavy rainfall event, as occurred in December 2013; (5) the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency provided hurricane relief to member states following Hurricanes Irma and Maria in 2017; (6) following Hurricane Maria, the short period potato crop was re-established through the replacement of tools for 96 farmers, technical assistance for 95 farmers and potato seed for 90 farmers. In addition, 100 poultry farmers received support. As a result, the acreage of potatoes planted increased from 37 acres in 2016 to 69 acres, and the Canada-supported potato crop reached an approximate value of $378,300; (7) the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency on behalf of the Office of Disaster Management in Dominica, replaced the roofs for 14 vulnerable households in the indigenous Kalinago Territory, following Hurricane Maria; and (8) the National Office of Disaster Services in Antigua restored two buildings in Barbuda following Hurricane Irma. These are a new base for the police station and a public and environmental health building.

Budget and spending 

Original budget $0
Planned disbursement $0
Country percentages by sector
Type of finance Aid grant excluding debt reorganisation
Collaboration type Bilateral
Type of aid Project-type interventions
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