Cooperatives Rapid Response to COVID19 and 2020 Floods in Belize
Cooperatives Rapid Response to COVID19 and 2020 Floods in Belize
This project will assist 11 cooperative organizations through direct investments enabling their members to adapt to the changes in climate that have caused recurring floods which have decimated their agricultural production. It will enable them to establish the health protocols and safety equipment required to operate in the Covid 19 environment. The approach to be used will have cooperative members directly involved in securing estimates for the purchase of the equipment and the services to be acquired for their sub-projects. This will transform the project into a capacity building action.
All the participating cooperatives are located in low-income rural communities in the six districts across Belize.
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Project Snapshot

Belize Enterprise for Sustainable Technology
Area Of Work:
Grant Amount:
US$ 100,000.00
Co-Financing Cash:
Co-Financing in-Kind:
US$ 182,000.00
Project Number:
Currently under execution
Project Characteristics and Results
Capacity - Building Component
BEST, an NGO established in March 1985, promotes the development of micro enterprises and the promotion of sustainable development for rural and marginalized communities and groups. Over the period of its existence, BEST has successfully implemented scores of projects including five [5] financed by the Global Environmental Facility - Small Grants Programme [GEF-SGP].
Inovative Financial Mechanisms
Between BEST and the Cooperative Department, participating cooperatives will be provided with standardized formats for reporting to their members and the Cooperative Department as is required by law. The Information gathered from the reports, the lessons learned from the activities and the best practice models developed will be shared in periodic meetings between and among the participating cooperatives. This information generated from these reports will also be used in cross group discussions which will be held at least twice during the implementation of the project. These meetings will be organized either in person or virtually as is appropriate.
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SGP Country office contact

Mr. Leonel Requena
(501) 822-2462


UNDP Belize,3rd Floor, Lawrence Nicholas Building Complex ,P.O. Box 53,South Ring Road,
Belmopan, Central America