Basic Needs Trust Fund

Basic Needs Trust Fund

Since its inception in 1979, the Basic Needs Trust Fund (BNTF) Programme has been contributing to poverty reduction in targeted communities by providing infrastructure and livelihood enhancement services nationally and regionally. So far, there have been seven BNTF Programme cycles, implementing over 2,000 sub-projects to directly impact the lives of more than 2.8 million people in poor commu­nities. The Programme supports a socially inclusive development process that empowers the poor and vulnerable, and supports institutional development. Community participation is essential to every sub-project, as this facilitates local ownership of BNTF investments and enhances social capital within each community.

Successive BNTF Programmes have undergone design modifications and increased resource contributions, and currently support interventions in ten participating countries (PCs) with financing mainly from the Unified Special Development Fund (SDF) of CDB and counterpart financing from participating Governments.  Previous cycles have also received co-financing from USAID and CIDA.  The Participating Countries are Belize, The Commonwealth of Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Jamaica, Montserrat, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, and the Turks and Caicos Islands. Learn more.

Programme Scope

The BNTF Programme is managed at the regional level by CDB.  The Programme is referred to as a Country Project or a Project within the participating countries and is managed by an Implementing Agency (IA) and an Oversight Entity (OE).

The Programme has two components: Country Projects and Regional Coordination.

Country Projects comprise of:

  • Sub-project Grants which funds interventions in basic community access and drainage enhancement; education and human resource development and water and sanitation systems enhancement.
  • Project Management Support: contributing funds to operational costs
  • Project Implementation Support: providing support to Project activities
  • Institutional Development: providing support to stakeholders and community institutions
  • Project Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E): supporting M&E frameworks under the Project

Regional Coordination comprises of:

  • Programme Management Support
  • Programme Implementation
  • Programme Monitoring and Evaluation

 

BNTF Structure

Three main bodies shape the BNTF Programme:

  • Caribbean Development Bank

The Caribbean Development Bank has responsibility for overseeing the entire BNTF Programme and granting sub-project approvals and no-objections.

  • The Project Steering Committee/Oversight Entity (OE)

The Oversight Entity has overall accountability and responsibility for the coordination of the Country Projects.  The PSC/OE provides strategic oversight to the Project to ensure that the Programme is managed in accordance with the country’s broad strategic objectives and policy direction on poverty reduction and in compliance with the requirements, standards and covenants set out in the Grant Agreement between the Government and CDB.

  • The Implementing Agency (IA)

The Implementing Agency and its staff are responsible for the day-to-day management of project activities.  The IA administers and coordinates all functions related to the Programme including data gathering, Monitoring and Evaluation, performance reporting, quality control and management of monitoring and fiduciary systems.  The core staff includes a Project Manager, Administrative/Accounting Officer and a Community Liaison Officer.

Contact BNTF’s implementing agencies

 

Countries

 

Approved Sub-projects

 

Contact Us

Portfolio Manager

Darran Newman Belgrave
Portfolio Manager
Social Sector Division
Email: newmand@caribank.org

Operations Officers

Marlene Johnson
Operations Officer – Gender and Development
Social Sector Division
Telephone (246) 431-1924
Email:  johnsom@caribank.org

Karl Pivott
Operations Officer – Civil Engineer
Social Sector Division
Telephone (246) 431-1750
Email: pivottk@caribank.org

George Yearwood
Operations Officer – Civil Engineer
Social Sector Division
Telephone: (246) 431-1739
Email: yearwog@caribank.org

Nigel Blair
Operations Officer – Civil Engineer
Social Sector Division
Telephone: (246) 431-1678
Email: blairn@caribank.org

Lavern Louard Greaves
Operations Officer – Social Analyst
Social Sector Division
Telephone: (246) 431-1729
Email: greavel@caribank.org