The Special Development Fund is CDB’s largest pool of concessionary funds, which are used to address poverty and human development challenges throughout the Caribbean region. The UK is already the largest bilateral donor to the region and is the second largest contributor to the Special Development Fund. This new announcement follows CDB having recently successfully met agreed upon performance targets. You may be interested in… · As part of its wider response to COVID-19 in the region, DFID Caribbean is also reallocating resources from its £400 million development programme to help tackle the crisis and support countries that are most at risk. Notes to editors · The Special Development Fund is CDB’s largest pool of concessionary funding, offering loans on “softer” terms than those that are applied in CDB ordinary operations, i.e. longer maturities/grace periods and lower interest rates. In 2018, CDB disbursed $33.6 million worth of loans and $15.3 million worth of grants from St. Lucia records more cases of COVID Oct 15, 2020 Six Eastern Caribbean countries deemed safe for travel – CDC (United Kingdom in Barbados and Eastern Caribbean Press Release) The Government of the United Kingdom recently approved a £4.5 million contribution to the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) Special Development Fund to be used to support countries in the region with their COVID-19 recovery. Oct 16, 2020 · This tangible demonstration of the UK’s commitment to the Caribbean Development Bank and to the Caribbean – which includes many Commonwealth countries – will help beneficiary countries to further resuscitate their economies in these challenging times. This support also follows recent announcements of the UK contributing £3 million to the Pan-American Health Organisation (PAHO) for the provision of essential medical supplies in the region and a further £2 million to the World Food Programme and others to scale up assistance for the most vulnerable households and to counter domestic violence against women and children. “The UK Government is proud to support our Caribbean friends and partners in these challenging times and, in particular, of the excellent work being delivered through CDB’s concessional Special Development Fund, which targets those most in need. We are delighted to approve this further funding to help Caribbean countries better cope with the COVID-19 crisis, mitigate the wider social and economic impacts and protect the most vulnerable. This support complements the UK Caribbean Infrastructure Fund (UKCIF) which is already supporting critical infrastructure developments across the region”. UK Minister for the Caribbean Baroness Sugg said: · DFID leads the UK’s work to help to tackle the global challenges of our time and is building a safer, healthier, more prosperous world. · The objective of UKCIF is to build high quality infrastructure – roads, ports, sea defences and other public assets – which will provide a boost to economic growth, help reduce poverty and increase inclusion for marginalised groups, including people with disabilities. UKCIF is operational in eight ODA-eligible Commonwealth Caribbean countries (above) and Montserrat (an Overseas Territory of the UK). CDB, PAHO launch virtual course, providing everyone with psychological first aid skills after disaster(CDB Press Release) – The Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) and the Pan American Health Organisation (PAHO) has launched the virtual course in psychological first aid in disaster management in the Caribbean. The course aims to equip volunteers, first responders and persons in the community with the skills to provide the…October 8, 2019In “Associate Member States”CDB to provide US$3M for equipment in response to the COVID-19 pandemic“With the disruption of supply chains, increased demand, and soaring prices, the Caribbean Development Bank will purchase personal protective equipment in bulk to achieve greater value for money and certainty of supply to frontline helpers who are fighting the COVID-19 pandemic.” CDB Vice-President (Operations), Monica La Bennett. (Caribbean Development Bank…April 7, 2020In “CARICOM”CDB makes US$140M available to counter COVID-19 pandemic, other disasters“The US$140 million allocation is the first of a package of assistance that CDB is developing to assist our Borrowing Member Countries to cope with COVID-19. Our financing and technical assistance, during this period, will be directed mainly towards the most vulnerable within our societies and give the highest priority…April 3, 2020In “Business”Share this on WhatsApp CMO says Saint Lucia at critical stage of COVID-19 outbreak As part of its wider response to COVID-19 in the region, the UK is also supporting a range of other partners such as the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA) with COVID-19 modelling and surveillance. And globally, the UK Government has committed £774 million to support efforts to stop the spread of COVID-19, find a vaccine and save lives around the world. More deaths from COVID-19 recorded in CARICOM countries,… The £330 million UK Caribbean Infrastructure Fund (UKCIF), implemented through the Caribbean Development Bank, is supporting 15 major infrastructure projects in the region. In light of COVID-19, UKCIF projects are becoming vitally important as a source for employment, supporting sector developments and facilitating medium-term economic recovery in the region. Oct 16, 2020 the SDF1 to address the most significant development challenges in the region. These challenges included the region’s particular vulnerability to the impacts of climate change, and the SDF played a key role in building countries’ resilience to this, reflected in 2017 when the majority of SDF loans were used to assist recovery efforts following damage caused by extreme rainfall events and Hurricanes Irma and Maria2. · The UK has pledged £200 million to help global organisations and charities tackle coronavirus in vulnerable countries. This includes £130 million for UN appeals, including £65 million for the World Health Organization (WHO); £50 million for International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement appeals; and £20 million for international NGOs, including UK charities, to tackle the virus. Share this:PrintTwitterFacebookLinkedInLike this:Like Loading… Oct 15, 2020 · The UK is leading international efforts to develop a coronavirus vaccine. We provided £250 million of UK aid to the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (CEPI) to rapidly develop a coronavirus vaccine, the biggest donation of any country.