Americas, NEW YORK, NY, Fri. May 31, 2019: The government of
Canada this week launched a $20 million (CAD), Canada Caribbean Resilience Facility initiative to help
Caribbean countries better prepare for and respond to natural disasters.
The Facility comes
some two years after the devastating 2017 Atlantic hurricane season. At the
time, Canada pledged $100 million (CAD) to support reconstruction and climate
resilience efforts in the Caribbean region over the next five years during the
UN-CARICOM High-Level Pledging Conference in November 2017.
Resilience Facility will benefit nine eligible Official Development Assistance
(ODA) countries: Antigua & Barbuda, Belize, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana,
Jamaica, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent & the Grenadines, and Suriname.
The facility, in partnership with the World Bank and
the Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery (GFDRR), will help
countries to strengthen response, recovery, and financial management systems so
that governments can be better prepared to respond to and rebuild after
disasters, and effectively use emergency funding for post-disaster recovery
It will also support capacity building to accelerate
project implementation and develop public financial management systems to
respond in case of disasters, with a focus on developing plans and training
programs that incorporate gender considerations.
Legault, High Commissioner of Canada to Barbados and the OECS
said the new “initiative is being undertaken with
Canada’s Caribbean support as a direct response to the lessons learned following
the devastating hurricanes in the Caribbean in 2017 that have impacted our neighbouring countries so severely.”