About us


In 1979, the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB), in collaboration with the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) launched the Caribbean Education Development and Basic Human Needs/Employment Sector Programme to reduce poverty in select CDB Borrowing Member Countries (BMCs). In subsequent years the Programme was renamed the Basic Needs Trust Fund (BNTF). The BNTF programme is financed by grant financing from the CDB, and counterpart funds from the local government, each cycle of the BNTF programme extends over a period of four years. Currently, the Programme is in its 10th cycle.


The BNTF Programme targets the poor and vulnerable, through a community development modality that aims to improve the lives and livelihoods of beneficiaries by improving basic economic and social infrastructure and services, and increasing opportunities for economic activity through skills training, capacity building and institutional development support.

BNTF sub-projects typically include:

Development, extension and repair of water treatment plants, and public toilets/bathrooms.

Building, renovation, refurbishment of education, special needs, school feeding and resource center facilities.

Skills training and capacity building.

Construction, renovation, and upgrade of health facilities.

Construction of roads, drainage, footpaths, bridges, and retaining walls.

Residential accommodation and care for children, the aged, infirmed, and homeless, victims of genderbased violence, youth at risk, and counselling and referral centers.

Construction, renovation, or extension of day care centers.

Today, the programme focuses on three key sectors: Education and Human Resource Development; Basic Community Access and Drainage Improvement; and Water and Sanitation Systems Enhancement.

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