Five Million Euros For Barbuda Homes Reconstruction

4

The Government of Antigua and Barbuda signed a 5 million Euros Financing Agreement with the European Union to support Barbuda’s recovery after the devastation caused by Hurricane Irma in 2017.

The Financing Agreement, signed in July 2018, recognized the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) as the implementing agency for the 24-month housing project. Following this, at the end of the month of January 2019, the EU Delegation Agreement with UNDP was signed, officially establishing the project’s commencement.

The project’s main objective is to increase disaster resilience for the most vulnerable persons in Barbuda through the rehabilitation of residential buildings requiring major repairs (classified as Level 3 damage according to the 2017 Building Damage Assessment) or the complete rebuilding of destroyed structures (Level 4).  UNDP will have primary responsibility for day to day management of the project including monitoring and quality assurance of the construction works. Prior to the project launch, as part of the preparatory phase of the project, a Beneficiary Selection Committee (BSC) consisting of national stakeholders was established and has convened multiple sessions between the months of August and November 2019.

The BSC is chaired by the Office of the National Authorizing Officer (ONAO) and counts with the active participation of the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Barbuda Affairs, the Public Works Department, the Development Control Authority, the National Office of Disaster Services (NODS) and the Barbuda Council.  UNDP serves as technical advisor to the BSC. The Committee, under the leadership of the ONAO, is tasked with selecting eligible beneficiaries based on a set of selection criteria and has to date identified a pool of potential beneficiaries.

In addition to this, an Expression of Interest has been launched by UNDP in January 2019 for the prequalification of construction contractors, in an effort to favor the participation of local suppliers and contractors and the stimulation of the local economy. Finally, a bid for the procurement of a mobile shredder for Barbuda to manage disaster and construction waste has also been launched by UNDP, in close coordination with Government counterparts.

During the week of 25 February, project kick-off meetings took place between UNDP representatives, both from the Project Office in Antigua and Barbuda and the Sub-Regional Office based in Barbados. These meeting included the Representative from the EU Delegation to Barbados and the OECS and the Office of the National Authorizing Officer (ONAO), Government Focal Point for this project, as well as the Barbuda Council, to discuss upcoming activities and the work done so far.

UNDP ramped up its presence in the country after the hurricane’s landfall by establishing a fully-fledged Project Office and has been supporting the Government of Antigua and Barbuda in the recovery of Barbuda through a roof restoration initiative, funded by the Government of China, a debris management project funded by the United Nations Central Emergency Relief Fund and a rehabilitation of public infrastructures project, funded by the Government of India. The latter is currently ongoing.

The Government of Antigua and Barbuda and UNDP look forward to continuing the strong partnership and to a successful project implementation for the continued recovery of the island of Barbuda.

CLICK HERE TO JOIN OUR WHATSAPP GROUP

4 COMMENTS

  1. NODS! Where is our money…UNDP better not give any of these stakeholders 5 cents cause we won’t see S!!t.NODS PAY US OUR MONEY WE DONE WORK FOR IT.

  2. EU, YOU GUYS ARE MAD!! WHST HAPPENED TO THE DONATIONS FROM AROUND THE WORLD? THESE ARE INNOCENT PEOPLE’S LIVES. YEARS, AND THE GOVERNMENT CAN’T EVEN REBUILD BARBUDA. IF YOU CANT MANAGE THAT LITTLE PROJECT, YOU CERTAINLY CANT CONVINCE ME YOU’RE FIT TO LEAD THE PEOPLE OF ANTIGUA AND BARBUDA. WHY I SAID THAT? BECAUSE DAY TK DAY YOU CAN SEE THE PROBLEMS AROUND BOTH ISLANDS AND YET, SOME OF YOU CHOOSE TO IGNORE. E. G. 365 BEACHES AND STILL WATER ISSUES, WANT A BOOST IN TOURISM, BUT WHERE ARE THE ROADS? THIS WHOLE BASHING THE LAST PARTY INCHARGE OF THE ISLAND NEEDS TO STOP. END OF THE DAY, YOU SOUND LIKE SPOILT BRATS. THE PEOPLE VOTED SO TAKE CHARGE AND MAKE A DIFFERENCE CAUSE FOR ONCE. FOR ONE, I LIKE HERITAGE QUAY, BUT IT’S OVERPRICED. THINK FROM A TOURIST PORT OF VIEW, YOU SEND SO MUCH ON A CRUISE TICKET ETC. WILL YOU SEND 800 DOLLARS ON PERFUME WHEN YOU CAN GET IT ELSE WHERE FOR LESS?

    ANOTHER HURRICANE SEASON IS APPROACHING, IS REAL LIVES DEPENDING ON THIS MONEY TO SURVIVE.

  3. Is this a loan, or a grant? I never trust the EU with anything – they always put weird strings attached to any money that they ‘give’.

Comments are closed.