Overview The 35-square-mile island of Anguilla is a British Overseas Territory home to 16,187 people. The country has a separate constitution with an elected government, headed by a Chief Minister that is responsible for daily administration. The Chief Minister is appointed by the Governor of Anguilla on behalf of the Monarchy of the United Kingdom. The Governor, appointed by Her Majesty the Queen, maintains oversight for external affairs, defence, internal security and international financial services.
Climate change hazards threaten this tourism-dependent territory and as such UNDP’s work has focused primarily on building capacity to prepare for, and respond to, extreme weather events and other disasters.
Main Initiatives Currently, UNDP is supporting the COVID-19 emergency response in Anguilla partnering with the Government in the production of an Economic and Human Development Impact Assessment, with the collaboration of UNICEF and UN Women. The support package of UNDP will include assistance to MSMEs in order to support their transition to digital business models.
UNDP has also been supporting the government of Anguilla in building the capacity of local stakeholders to conduct Post-Disaster Needs Assessments (PDNAs). This forms part of a regional programme geared toward improving recovery planning and capacities for resilience in the Caribbean. Through a partnership with the World Bank Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery (GFDRR) and the EU Commission, and using a “Train the Trainers” approach, the online and in-person training enhanced Anguilla’s capacity to assess the full costs of hazard impacts and the costs and benefits of disaster risk reduction (DRR) strategies.
Additionally, UNDP has partnered with Anguilla’s own Department of Disaster Management, leveraging the island’s expertise to support the deployment of early warning systems in Dominica and Antigua and Barbuda.
Did you know? With an average life expectancy of 81 years, Anguillans live the longest among populations within the Caribbean!
Contact us Mr. Larry Franklin, Permanent Secretary, Economic Development, Investment, Commerce and Tourism is UNDP’s Focal Point in the Government. For information on our work, write to Miguel Guirao firstname.lastname@example.org, UNDP’s Focal Point for the Eastern Caribbean Member States and Territories.