Antigua and Barbuda
Overview Antigua and Barbuda consists of two major islands and a number of smaller islands, which include Great Bird, Green, Guiana, Long, Maiden and York Islands and further south, Redonda. The country with a population of 97,929 people, remains a member of the Commonwealth. Queen Elizabeth II is represented by an appointed Governor-General as the head of state, following the island's independence on November 1, 1981. The head of Government is the Prime Minister.
After Hurricane Irma’s landfall and devastation on the island of Barbuda in 2017, UNDP strengthened its presence in Antigua and Barbuda by creating a project office in the capital city of St. Johns, to support the Government in its recovery efforts.
Under the leadership of the Government and in close collaboration with the Barbuda Council and national partners, UNDP’s support has been concentrated on Reconstruction, Recovery and Rebuilding in Barbuda. This has included a roof restoration initiative, funded by the People's Republic of China, a debris management project, funded by the United Nations Central Emergency Relief Fund (CERF), and a rehabilitation of public infrastructure project, funded by the Government of India, which also saw the reconstruction of the General Post Office and the Hanna Thomas Hospital (the only hospital in Barbuda). Additionally, a Housing Support project funded by the European Union was initiated in February 2019, aimed at rehabilitating 150 homes by 2021.
In addition to the many efforts on reconstruction, UNDP also implemented its CariSECURE project in Antigua and Barbuda. CariSECURE works to strengthen the integrity and accessibility of citizen security data in eight (8) Eastern and Southern Caribbean countries and is funded by the United States Agency for International Development Mission for Eastern and Southern Caribbean (USAID/ESC).
The Global Environmental Facility Small Grants Programme (GEF-SGP) has been operational in Antigua and Barbuda since 1994 and works to provide financial and technical support to projects that conserve and restore the environment while enhancing people's well-being and livelihoods. The GEF-SGP demonstrates that community action can maintain the fine balance between human needs and environmental imperatives. The key focal areas for the programme include biodiversity, climate change mitigation, land degradation, chemicals and waste, international waters, and sustainable forest management.
Currently, UNDP is supporting the COVID-19 emergency response in Antigua and Barbuda 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 SMEs who wish to reinvent themselves through online, digital and HomeSafe delivery business lines.
For more information on Antigua and Barbuda, please view the Human Development Report Briefing Note.
Did you know?
Antigua and Barbuda’s nickname is “Land of 365 Beaches”. With “one beach for every day of the year”, the country annually attracts more than 700,000 visitors!
To contact the UNDP office in Antigua and Barbuda, write to Mellissa Johnson, Office Coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org