To strengthen the capacity of St. Vincent and the Grenadines’ civil society organizations to address environmental challenges and to replicate GEF projects
To strengthen the capacity of St. Vincent and the Grenadines’ civil society organizations to address environmental challenges and to replicate GEF projects
Many Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) including Non-governmental Organisation (NGO) and Community Based Organisation (CBO) in St. Vincent and the Grenadines are not formally registered and lack capacity to develop and implement projects. Most of these are small and emerging and their existence is based on project related activities. Although there is increasing competition among CBOs and NGOs for grant funding, especially by those that are small or emerging. Few donor agencies are willing to provide funding to Organizations that are less organized and have limited experience in project management and implementation.

These CSOs range from developmental, environmental, social and emergency response agencies that are generally set up as non-profit organization to meet a particular need. In the general sense the NGOs, and CBOs in SVG, is only moderately effective in dealing with environmental conservation, poverty alleviation and addressing sustainable livelihoods issues. Hence the reason, the more established groups, such as, JEMS, Projects Promotion and the Sustainable Grenadines Inc. (SusGren) have had positive impact. Nonetheless, most communities lack such agencies, or have not been reached by those with a developmental orientation.

With the current economic situation in Saint Vincent and the Grenadines which is exacerbated by the global recession, CSOs are further constraint by limited opportunities to address global environmental problems, as well as poverty and capacity development issues at the community level.

In addition to lack of funding to CSOs to implement community activities there are also tremendous challenges and constraints faced by all the NGOs in order to have longevity and success. The NGOs and CBOs of SVG are at varying stages in their development and have an appreciable range of needs. Despite some groups receiving considerable capacity development inputs, the shift to having stronger functional groups in the St. Vincent and the Grenadines have had limited success. This is further compounded by NGOs, CBOs and other grass roots organizations in St. Vincent and the Grenadines often having a high rate of staff turn-over and lack the training and skills for project development and management.
Albeit, St. Vincent and the Grenadines has made significant progress in responding to climate change and environmental issues, especially in formulating policies and plans. However, like other emerging small island states, implementation and enforcement are still lacking to a large extent caused primarily by lack of resources (financial and human), inadequate integrated sectoral policies and poor coordination at the ministry/agency level.

These challenges results in limited or untimely support from government which propels NGOs and communities to take action in protecting their resources and livelihoods. Despite these national efforts by NGOs no form of financial support is given by government to NGOs leaving them to find every bit of resources needed for its programs.

The challenges are further compounded by unplanned development and unregulated use of resources (overfishing, near shore habitat destruction and degradation, terrestrial deforestation and overgrazing, sedimentation, solid waste disposal from land and boat sources, sewage disposal from land and boat sources and recreational abuse of coral reefs).

As a result the goal for strengthening the capacity of CSOs project is to enhance and strengthen capacity of communities and civil society organizations to address poverty, food security and livelihoods challenges through the implementation of environmental and climate change programmes. The hope is that this effort will complement and aid the initiatives of the Government, and those already in effect by NGOs and the communities of St. Vincent and the Grenadines.
In order for NGOs to continue to sustain their organisation, protect their livelihoods and to replicate GEF projects it’s imperative that they get support for their capacity development. Only in that way they can continue in an effective way to address environmental threat and sustainable development issues facing their community and country.

As such, the GEF SGP for St. Vincent and the Grenadines in its promise to support community-based environmental projects for marginalized CBOs and NGOs through capacity building and trainer of trainers in leadership, communication, fund raising, project development and management, monitoring and evaluation could not come in a timelier manner.

The Sustainable Grenadines Inc., (SusGren) through this project will used the capacity building approach it has been using for the last 10 years which aims to strengthen and empower local communities in protecting their environment and developing sustainable livelihoods.

SusGren evolved precisely from local concerns that non-governmental organizations and community groups in St. Vincent and the Grenadines were the least able to participate in bringing about change that is equitable and lasting (this emphasis on civil society is underlined by Principle 4 of the St. Georges Declaration of Principles for Environmental Sustainability in the OECS countries). They are also least able to access the benefits of development.

Each year SusGren seeks to assist community groups through a capacity building programme which includes training workshops and institutional self-assessments for non-governmental organisations, mini-projects and attachments/exchanges to other organisations to gain experience in managing their organisations for greater effectiveness.

As a result SusGren strategy for this project will be to utilize GEF SGP funding to do the following:

Objective A. SusGren will work with SVG GEF SGP coordinator, leading NGO experts and experience capacity development organisations and personnel to assess and map NGOs programs geographically. The output of this activity will show the areas and communities where capacity development efforts are needed. Variables such as poverty, environmental sensitivity, absence of NGOs and CBOs within certain areas of the country and limited environmental programmes will be given high priority for capacity development actions. Places such as Georgetown and Sandy Bay, the Bottle and Glass areas within the Barrouallie with significant levels of poverty, according to the census Divisions, will be targeted for capacity development.

Objective B. From the assessment above SusGren will work with the SVG GEF SGP coordinator, leading NGO experts and experience capacity development organisations and personnel as well as consult other relevant information such as the GEF SGP Country Programme Strategy (CPS), to:

1. Develop knowledge and capacity needs assessment for SVG communities,
2. Based on the needs assessment design and conduct three workshops that would include but not limited to the following topics:

• addressing biodiversity conservation, climate change mitigation, international waters protection, sustainable forest management, sustainable land
• Proposal writing (relevant to SGP);
• Project management and implementation,
• Budgeting and financial management;
• Monitoring and evaluation (especially participatory M&E, identification and use of indicators, and reporting);
• Communications and knowledge management (for sharing, policy advocacy and inputting into national development planning; this is related to the objective of strengthening the capacity to “engage in consultative processes”)

3. Identify priority stakeholders for the workshops above. Stakeholders to these workshops will include sectors that are often left out of consultative processes by virtue of distance, lack of awareness, and communication difficulties. Additionally, selected leaders will be invited from communities and local CSOs that are situated at the forefront of environmentally critical areas or involved in critical environmental challenges yet need capacity development in terms of understanding the GEF focal areas and how to access GEF and also non?GEF funding to pursue relevant projects and related action. New NGOs implementing GEF SGP will also be invited that are in need of capacity building to be able to properly initiate their projects and others who are having implementation problems.

Objective C. SusGren will work with the SVG GEF SGP coordinator, leading NGO experts and experience capacity development organisations and personnel to hold a GEG SGP experience sharing and lesson learned workshop.
This workshop is expected to involve select leaders of communities and local CSOs that are in the process of or interested in implementing GEF SGP. All aspects of GEF SGP programmatic and financial reporting will be addressed and participants will have an opportunity to discuss and formulate strategies for improved project management.
 
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Project Snapshot

Grantee:
Sustainable Grenadines Inc (SusGren)
Country:
Saint Vincent and Grenadines
Area Of Work:
CapDev
Grant Amount:
US$ 50,000.00
Co-Financing Cash:
Co-Financing in-Kind:
US$ 50,000.00
Project Number:
STV/SGP/OP5/Y3/CORE/CD/14/06
Status:
Satisfactorily Completed
Project Characteristics and Results
Capacity - Building Component
1. Conduct three workshops that would include but not limited to the following topics: • addressing biodiversity conservation, climate change mitigation, international waters protection, sustainable forest management, sustainable land • Proposal writing (relevant to SGP); • Project management and implementation, • Budgeting and financial management; • Monitoring and evaluation (especially participatory M&E, identification and use of indicators, and reporting); • Communications and knowledge management (for sharing, policy advocacy and inputting into national development planning; this is related to the objective of strengthening the capacity to “engage in consultative processes”) 2. Conduct 1 Experience and Best Practice Workshop
Emphasis on Sustainable Livelihoods
Many people depend on the environment (land, rivers, sea, etc.) for their livelihoods, throughout SVG. Capacity building gear at the protection of these vital resources will ensure sustained livelihood and improvement in the quality of life.
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Grantee Contact

Mr Martin Barriteau
Phone: 1 784 485 8779
Fax: 1 784 485 8779
Email: susgrenpm@vincysurf.com
 

Address

Front Street
Clifton, Union Island , Southern Grenadines , VC0470

SGP Country office contact

Ms. Tasheka Haynes
Email:

Address

P.O. Box 2338, SeaBreeze Bldg. Arnos Vale
KINGSTOWN, CARIBBEAN