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Frequently Asked Questions
Click to View   What is the Basic Needs Trust Fund?
What are the BNTF cycles and what types of sub-projects will the BNTF Programme finance?
What is the Country Poverty Assessment?
Who can prepare and submit sub-projects to the BNTF?
What must happen before project approval?
What is a Community Needs Assessment and who participates?

What happens after the Community Needs Assessment?
Where do you send the completed sub-project application?
What happens to the sub-project application once it is received by BNTF?
What is the sub-project preparation?
What happens after the sub-project preparation?
Who executes the sub-project?
Who supervises the sub-project and how often?
Who can the community contact in case of questions or problems?

1.

What is the Basic Needs Trust Fund?

  The BNTF is a regional social development programme funded jointly by the Caribbean Development Bank and the Borrowing Member Countries to provide technical services to poor communities. Please visit www.caribank.org for more information about other regional BNTF offices.
2.

What are the BNTF cycles and what types of sub-projects will the BNTF Programme finance?

 

Every 5 years, BNTF receives a replenishment of funds from the Caribbean Development Bank.  Since its inception, BNTF has completed 5 replenishment cycles and is currently approaching its 6th.  Each cycle of BNTF is informed by a Poverty Reduction Action Plan (PRAP).  The PRAP informs BNTF priorities in poverty reduction and spending for each 5 year cycle.  To learn more about the Poverty Reduction Action Plan for BNTF 6, please contact the BNTF office. [ return to top ^ ]

3.

What is the Country Poverty Assessment?

  The Country Poverty Assessment (CPA) provides a quantitative and qualitative analysis of the living conditions in a country.  The overall objective is:
  • to assess the current conditions affecting the welfare of residents
  • to assess the effectiveness of existing responses of institutions in the country in addressing the poverty situation
  • to identify policies, strategies and programs that would reduce the extent and severity of poverty and vulnerability in the country and improve the overall quality of life.

A Country Poverty Assessment (CPA) of St Kitts and Nevis funded by the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) was conducted between 2007-2008.  The Draft report assesses qualitative and quantitative data.

A combined Survey of Living Conditions (SLC) and Household Budgetary Survey based on quantitative statistics was the basis for determining the poor.

The Participatory Poverty Assessment (PPA) and the Institutional Analysis (IA) produced a significant amount of qualitative data to strengthen the understanding of poverty and include the perspective of the poor. For more information, please contact the BNTF office.

  4.

Who can prepare and submit sub-projects to the BNTF?

   
  • A community or community group, a community-based organisation (CBO), or a grassroots organisation (GRO).
  • Non-government organisations (NGO) ( in conjunction with a community or community group)
  • Line ministries and other government entities in conjunction with a community group, NGO or GRO. [ return to top ^ ]
  5.

What must happen before project approval?

   

The community should first participate in a Community Meeting conducted by a BNTF Community Liaison Officer (CLO). In such meetings, information is gathered on the community itself and the needs outlined and prioritized by community members.
The following documents must be submitted to the CDB by BNTF before project approval: Needs Assessment; Community Profile; MIS Sub-project Profile Infrastructure.

  6.

What is a Community Needs Assessment and who participates?

   

A Community Needs Assessment is a diagnostic tool to help the community identify and prioritize its problems and its desired solutions. Community leaders, women, youth, men and the elderly should participate in the assessment.

  7.

What happens after the Community Needs Assessment?

   

After the Community Needs Assessment is completed and the community agrees with the results, a sub-project is identified in response to the prioritized need of the community. Community members organize and complete an application form with the help of community leaders, and/or other interested parties. Community members should sign the Petition of Participation Form and attach it to the completed application form. [ return to top ^ ]

  8.

Where do you send the completed sub-project application?

   

Sub-projects should be submitted to the BNTF Office.

  9.

What happens to the sub-project application once it is received by BNTF?

   

The completed application form is screened to verify if it is eligible, complete and within the maximum established sub-project cost of US$500,000. After screening, a Preparation exercise is done to review information to be collected or confirmed during Field Preparation, including technical, economic, financial and environmental aspects.

  10.

What is the sub-project preparation?

   

Sub-project preparation is an exercise to evaluate sub-projects for viability in the following areas: technical feasibility, environmental impact, financial/economic feasibility, institutional/social assessment, and maintenance and project sustainability. [ return to top ^ ]

  11.

What happens after the sub-project preparation?

   

The sub-project preparation report is submitted to the Project Steering Committee (PSC) for its approval. After approval the sub-projects are submitted to CDB for their appraisal and no-objection (small sub-projects) or approval (large sub-projects). After notification by CDB, the applicant is invited to the BNTF Office to discuss contracts and procurement procedures with Project Staff. This information is passed on to the community through community meetings with BNTF and the Contractor/Consultant.

  12.

Who executes the sub-project?

   

Skills training projects can be executed by a community group after a satisfactory institutional assessment of the group.

Infrastructural sub-projects are executed by Ministries or departments via award of contracts to successful bidders. 

  13.

Who supervises the sub-project and how often?

   

The sub-project is supervised by consultants engaged by CDB.  It is expected that the beneficiary community will be involved in monitoring implementation. BNTF staff visit sub-project sites on a weekly basis and prepare a Progress Report once monthly.

  14. Who can the community contact in case of questions or problems?
   

The community can contact the BNTF Office St Kitts 869-466-4364 or 869-466-1315 or 869-466-1312.[ return to top ^ ]

CONTACT US
Still have questions?  We are glad to be of service.
BNTF Office
Ministry of Social Development, Community and Gender Affairs
Community Affairs Building
Victoria Road
Basseterre, St. Kitts and Nevis

St. Kitts - Tel: 869-466-4364, Fax: 869-465-9273
Nevis - Tel:869-469-0173, Fax: 869-469-7214