In addition to the twin-island Republic of Trinidad and Tobago,
the Trinidad and Tobago Country Office also covers
Aruba, Curacao, and
Sint Maarten. The UNDP focus is help these countries
achieve solutions to the challenges of:
UNDP has been present in Trinidad and Tobago for over fifty (50)
years and is governed by a
Standard Basic Assistance Agreement of 1976.
While a Standard Basic Assistance Agreement has also
been signed for Suriname, there is none for Aruba, Curacao, and Sint Maarten.
Country Programme Document (CPD) 2012 - 2015, outlines the
proposed programme for UNDP's support
to Trinidad and Tobago along with development
objectives. This cycle aims to emphasise collaboration with the
Government, the United Nations system, civil society
organisations, and the private sector in order to achieve
effective and sustainable programmes, with national ownership of
the results, and capacity development as well as gender equity
as the cross-cutting criteria of the programme. UNDP will
continue to work with the Ministry of Planning as its main
partner and with key line ministries.
UNDP's five areas of focus provide specific
entry points to support Trinidad and Tobago’s development
agenda. Concentration of efforts in these areas has been
mandated by the
United Nations Development Assistance Framework
for Trinidad and Tobago and is consistent with the national
development priorities as outlined by the
Government’s 7 Pillars for Development.
Included in all UNDP support is the transfer of knowledge and
skills to nationals to ensure that national capacity is
developed to prevent a reversal of gains achieved on conclusion
of a development programme.
Trinidad and Tobago’s rich natural resources and high per capita
income have positioned the country as an economic powerhouse in
the Caribbean region. The country's rapid economic development
needs to be supported by sound policy and programme design to
reduce inequality and ensure sustainable human development.
Trinidad and Tobago as Net
Contributor Country (NCC)
Trinidad and Tobago has achieved NCC status.
By decision 85/40 of the UNDP Executive Board, countries with a
per capita Gross National Product (GNP) of USD 4,700 or higher
are categorized as NCCs. Trinidad and Tobago became an NCC
office on 1 January 2008, following a 3 year grace period
(2005-2007). This achievement recognizes that such countries are
financially capable of funding their development process.
Under this arrangement limited grant funding is available to
countries for programming.
During the last five years, 2006 - 2011, UNDP has implemented
projects with a total value of approximately USD 16,376 million:
USD 1,025 million
USD 1,499 million
2009 - USD 2,286
2008 - USD 3,342
2007 - USD 3,882
2006 - USD 4,342