This is the second work plan of the Canada Caribbean Resilience Facility and runs for the period July 1, 2020 to March 31, 2021, also referred to as fiscal year 2021 (FY21). As agreed in the Steering Committee held on December 17, 2019, this 9-month interim work plan is being prepared in order to ensure close communication on the plans given that the program is in its initial years. The timeline for this workplan is also designed to help facilitate a shift that will allow subsequent work plans to be aligned to the Canadian fiscal year (1 April to 31 March of each year). The work plan builds on the previous work plan and ongoing dialogue with the governments from CRF eligible countries, and also reflects actions that consider the compounded risks for the Caribbean derived from COVID-19 and an active hurricane season.
In line with the objectives of the CRF, activities in this work plan respond to governments’ requests for support, reflecting the anticipated bottlenecks hindering the implementation of lending operations: (i) shortage of technical personnel in crucial line ministries; (ii) limited project planning and management capabilities; (iii) inadequate monitoring and evaluation systems; and (iv) lack of coordination between implementing agencies and ministries.
The work plan is based on assumptions mentioned in the previous work plan:
- The teams are working to identify country priorities and select activities strategically, mindful of the scope of the trust fund, as well as the funds available.
- The focus of support under this trust fund is to enhance country capacity for the implementation of preparedness and recovery activities and other resilience building projects by addressing bottlenecks and improving local capacity to implement and manage projects.
- The World Bank provides implementation support and technical assistance but does not replace the role of government in the implementation of investments.
The initial approach to focus CRF activities on the large World Bank DRM portfolio in the Caribbean region helped the CRF to engage in an ongoing dialogue with the governments allowing the CRF to start supporting governments’ portfolios, such as in Grenada and Saint Lucia, independently from their source of funding. This approach is allowing the Facility to expand its support beyond World Bank lending operations.