Amerindian Development Fund
- Published: 19 August 2011
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Project Budget: US$ 8.1 Million
Implementing Agencies: Ministry of Amerindian Affairs
Project Background and Summary
The Amerindian Development Fund was established to provide funding to support the socio-economic development of Amerindian communities and villages, through the implementation of their Community Development Plans (CDPs). The project aims to strengthen the entrepreneurial and institutional capabilities of the village economies of Amerindian communities; improve linkages with the private sector to further develop value chains; and strengthen institutional frameworks to support local economies. CDPs being implemented by communities and villages cover projects in the following sectors: agriculture, village infrastructure, tourism, manufacturing, village business enterprise, and transportation.
Phase 1 of the Amerindian Development Fund (ADF) realised the provision of funding to twenty 26 communities and villages in the amount of US$ 624,390 for the implementation of their Community Development Plans. Additionally, capacity development of the Ministry of Indigenous Peoples’ Affairs was conducted following an initial assessment of relevant areas prior to the start of this initial phase.
Phase 2 of the ADF project ensured to incorporate key lessons learned from Phase 1 for greater project efficiency, as well as impact and sustainability of CDPs. Some of those lessons, at a high level summary, included the following considerations: (i) Community ownership and participation is fundamental to the preservation and respect for Amerindian rights, traditional knowledge and practices, and the implementation of this project; (ii) Development of the village economy is critically linked to clustering, marketing, availability of economic opportunities, and other industry linkages, inter alia; (iii) Modalities for the disbursement of funds should be mindful of risks, costs and delays in situations where communities cannot use bank accounts; (iv) access to and cost of energy; and (v) logistical costs, risks, weather, and mitigation measures should be fully considered in the planning and delivery of project activities.
Under Phase 2 of the ADF project approximately US$ 2,043,923 has been disbursed to one hundred and thirty seven (137) communities and one hundred and fifty (150) communities and villages have benefitted from leadership and business management training for their CDP Management Teams. Furthermore, in an effort to improve linkages with the private sector to further develop value chains, the North Rupununi District Development Board was hired to help replicate their management model and assist communities in this respect. There is also an ongoing recruitment process for a policy consultant to strengthen the institutional framework to support local communities.
A mid-term evaluation of the project has been completed and key finding are being used to improve project execution.
- Amerindian Development Fund Phase 1 Project Concept Note
- Record of Decision – GRIF Steering Committee Approval for Project Concept Note
- Partner Entity Fee Request
- Amerindian Development Fund Phase 2 Project Document
- Record of Decision for Phase 2 Project Document
- Amerindian Development Fund Phase 1 Final Evaluation
- Amerindian Development Fund Phase 2 Mid-Term Evaluation
- Inter-American Development Bank
- United Nations Development Programme
- United Nations Environmental Programme
- Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations
- World Bank
- Small Business Bureau - Ministry of Business
- Ministry of Agriculture
- Ministry of Indigenous Peoples’ Affairs
- Guyana Forestry Commission
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