Our Projects

The objective being pursued by the "Poverty Reduction and Achievement of the MDGs" programme, is achieving MDGs and reducing human poverty, through support to MDG country reporting and poverty monitoring; and pro-poor policy reform to achieve MDG targets.

Under the "Democratic Governance" programme, UNDP Belize is working to foster democratic governance through justice and human rights; decentralization and local governance; and public administration reform.

Because of Belize's geographical location, climate change factors, and level of regulation, the country is prone to disasters, the impact of which can cause severe impact on poverty levels particularly on the vulnerable and excluded populations, so the UNDP "Crisis Prevention and Recovery" country programme is mainly, but not limited to natural Disaster Reduction.

Our work in the "Environment and Sustainable Development" area entails support for the establishment of frameworks and strategies for sustainable development, including effective water governance; access to sustainable energy services; sustainable land management to combat desertification and land degradation; conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity; national/sectoral policy and planning to control emissions of ozone-depleting substances and persistent organic pollutants, and promotion of climate change resilience and adaptation measures.

The planning and implementing of most of our projects have embedded cross-cutting concerns and initiatives contributing to Women's Empowerment and Human Development, including within the HIV and Development Programme area.

Poverty Reduction

  • Operationalize Actions for MDG Acceleration, Sanitation

    The MDG Acceleration Framework (MAF) identified several bottlenecks that preclude progress in this MDG indicator to improve access to improved sanitation facilities. Challenges identified include poverty within households preventing constructing of sanitation facilities; system for determining which households can qualify for sanitation assistance; communities not seeking out agencies' support for the construction of facilities; and lack of community capacity in conducting regular maintenance and monitoring of the systems. Furthermore, hygiene education and related sanitation communication and awareness messages are implemented in an ad hoc manner especially in rural areas. The concept note proposes to expand implementation of the MAF CAP to include implementation of some of the solutions specifically those relating to Mayan and other ecologically vulnerable communities.

Democratic Governance

  • Increased Prosecution Capacity, Community Leadership and Youth Engagement

    Access to justice and observance of the rule of law is critical security in Belize. This is particularly important given the high levels of violent crime in the country. Between 2000 - 2008 the homicide rate climbed from 19 to 32 per 100,000 with the perception that young people are increasingly becoming perpetrators of crime and violence. However, youth are significantly marginalized in the criminal justice system due to a lack of knowledge of their rights and overall inability to access legal services when in conflict with the law. This project aims at attaining improvement in this area.

Crisis Prevention and Recovery

HIV and Development

Women's Empowerment

  • Millennium Development Development Goals Assessment and Cost Prognosis

    The MDGs Acceleration Framework (MAF) consultations and research resulted in a “Country Action Plan” which lays out the framework for continued efforts for the achievement of the MDGs by 2015. The MDGs Needs Assessment and Cost Prognosis Project (MDG NACP) has propelled the Acceleration Framework on MDGs 3, 4 & 7. This project deals with the MDG NACP of Millennium Development Goal 3.

Environment and Energy

Human Development

  • Southside Youth Success: Pathways to Employment for Young Men at-risk of Joining Gangs

    This project is being implemented in the socio-economically deprived Southside of Belize City (SBC), the most violent area of the country where homicide rates "exploded" in 2002 and show little sign of falling today (Gayle, 2010:289). It aims to assist young men between the ages of 15 to 29, in obtaining increased opportunities, through mentoring, training and apprenticeship.