Our Projects

Democratic Governance

  • In line with the UNDAF Outcome 3 and the CPAP Outcome 2, this project aims to strengthen the efforts towards deepening democratic practice and sustainable peace in Guyana through the capacity building support of key governance institutions. In particular the project will focus support on the institutional capacity building, including developing strategic and operational plans for three of Guyana’s five Human Rights Commissions. It will also support parliament’s capacity, including that of its committees to carry out its legislative, oversight and representation roles.

  • The Youth Development and Empowerment Report Guyana and the CARICOM Commission on Youth Development Report suggest that effective institutional, community based and regional responses are needed to reinsert youth into the main portals of governance. The reports recognized that crime, violence (in particular domestic violence) and the threat of illicit drugs impose added challenges for youth and state. They are also key constraints to MDG achievement at the sub- national level.

Environment and Energy

  • Guyana’s Low Carbon Development Strategy (LCDS) emphasizes the importance of protecting Indigenous land rights and opening windows of opportunities for Amerindians, especially those who depend on forest resources as a means of livelihood. The objective of this project is to facilitate the Amerindian Land Titling process.

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  • The GEF Small Grants Programme (SGP) provides grants directly to Civil Society Organizations (CSOs), including Community-Based Organizations (CBOs) and Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) to design and implement projects that will bring environmental and livelihood benefits to communities.

  • The Guiana Shield is an eco-region of regional and global significance. It covers an area of 270 million ha, which is made up of varied and various ecosystems that house keystone species of biodiversity, store globally significant amounts of carbon and water, and provide livelihoods for many human cultures. All or parts of six countries namely in alphabetical order, Brazil, Colombia, French Guiana, Guyana, Suriname and Venezuela, share the unique geographic area of the Guiana Shield.

  • Gold mining is a key sector in Guyana's economy and plays an important role in the country's socio-economic development. However, at the same time it is the main driver of deforestation and forest degradation and associated biodiversity loss. Inadequate management of tailings, little rehabilitation of mined-out areas, and various other practices are posing increasing threats to the extremely high levels of biodiversity and species endemism found in Guyana.

  • This project, supported by both the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), represents the first stage of Guyana’s HCFC Phase-Out Management Plan. HCFCs, or hydrochlorofluorocarbons, are ozone-depleting substances which contribute strongly to climate change. As a signatory to the Montreal Protocol, the Government of Guyana has committed to a staged approach to achieving the complete phase-out of HCFCs by 2030.

  • This project aims to support the alignment of Guyana’s National Action Plan on land degradation to the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification’s 10-Year (2008-2018) Strategic Plan. Guyana has been Party to the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) since 24 September 1997, and the alignment exercise will address Guyana’s need to continue to fulfil its obligations under the Convention.

  • The development goal of the project is to strengthen national capacity to mainstream DRM/DRR in the agriculture sector and to build resilience for sustainable livelihoods in the sector against disasters.

Poverty Reduction

  • The Amerindian Development Fund (ADF) is established to provide support for the socio-economic and environmental development of Amerindian communities and villages.

  • Consequent to discussions initiated by the UNDP and the Tackling Child Labor Through Education (Tackle) Project, for the latter to facilitate a process under the Social protection Support Program, it was agreed that UNDP will collaborate with the Ministry of Labor, Human Services and Social Security (MLHSSS) in strengthen the Ministry’s intervention with regards to its response to Trafficking in Persons in Guyana. There is increasing concern that young women particularly from hinterland and vulnerable coastal communities can be exploited.

  • The Amerindian Development Fund (ADF) has been established to provide support for the socio-economic and environmental development of Amerindian communities and villages, through the implementation of Community Development Plans (CDPs). The proposed projects cover agricultural production and processing, village infrastructure, tourism, manufacturing, village business enterprise, and transportation, among others.

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