Amerindian Development Fund
- Published: 19 August 2011
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Project Budget: US$ 6 Million
Implementing Agencies: Ministry of Amerindian Affairs
Project Background and Summary
There are in excess of 180 Indigenous communities located across Guyana but concentrated in a geographic space referred to as the rural interior/hinterland. The population of those communities range between 150 and 5,000 inhabitants. The poverty levels in the rural interior where most of the indigenous communities are located are high, combined 78.6 percent according to the household budget survey of 2006.
The Amerindian Development Fund will be established to provide funding to support the socio-economic development of Amerindian communities and villages, through the implementation of their Community Development Plans (CDPs). CDPs were identified and developed by the Amerindian Villages themselves which proposed their priority projects to be financed under the GRIF ADF. The CDP must be approved by a village general meeting, via consensus or by majority vote. All residents are encouraged and entitled to participate in the entire process. The proposed projects vary in nature but can be categorized into the following broad sectors: Agriculture including processing, Village Infrastructure, Tourism, Manufacturing, Village Business Enterprise, and Transportation.
The ADF financing will be streamlined into a transparent and accountable mechanism to support community development projects. This would entail setting up a framework for the easy access to financial resources for indigenous communities, taking into consideration lessons learnt from existing mechanisms. Additionally, the existing planning, managing, and implementation capacities will be strengthened for the sustainable livelihood activities undertaken by indigenous communities.
The Amerindian Development Fund (ADF) Project is in its implementation phase. The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has already hired four (4) key project related personnel that will aid in the design and operation of the financial disbursement mechanism for the ADF and ensure the execution of the project is in keeping with international best practices, as well as the social and environmental safeguards of UNDP. The Initiation Phase will fund the implementation of 27 Community Development Plans, while the full project document will be developed concurrently for seamless implementation and funding of the remaining 160 CDPs.
The UNDP and Ministry of Amerindian Affairs (MoAA) have conducted an inception workshop with representatives of the 27 communities/villages on the 22nd - 23rd March 2013 to prepare them for the impementation of their CDPs. The UNDP and MoAA have also conducted missions from April 17th to July 8th 2013 to all 27 communities/villages in all 10 Regions. The objectives of the missions were to build capacity, provide technical assistance and sign micro finance grant agreements between the communities/villages, the Ministry of Amerindian Affairs and UNDP for the funding of CDPs.
So far, agreements have been signed with all 27 communities/villages in Phase 1 of the project and funds disbursed to 26 of these communities/villages to commence the implementation of their CDPs.