On April 12, 2019, Inter-American Foundation (IAF) President and CEO Paloma Adams-Allen attended the launch of the U.S.-Caribbean Resilience Partnership in Miami, Florida. This partnership between the United States and Caribbean nations is a new initiative under the U.S.-Caribbean 2020 framework to strengthen the region’s capacities to thrive in the face of natural disasters.
The IAF is committed to strengthening community-led disaster mitigation and resiliency in the Caribbean through grants, peer-learning exchanges, cooperative agreements, and public-private partnerships. As part of the U.S.-Caribbean Resilience Partnership, the IAF is:
- Restarting funding in the Eastern Caribbean, beginning with $650,000 in small grants to community organizations focused on disaster mitigation and resilience.
- Signing a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) that will enhance cooperation between the two organizations in strengthening the capacity of Eastern Caribbean grassroots organizations to improve governance, sustainable smallholder agriculture, small business growth, and more.
This new funding for the Eastern Caribbean is in addition to the IAF’s active portfolio of grants in Belize, Jamaica, Dominican Republic, and Haiti that totals $16 million, which includes $7.8 in direct IAF investment and $8.2 million leveraged in counterpart resources from local partners. The IAF is exploring additional partnerships with other organizations to complement and expand its portfolio.
About the IAF
The Inter-American Foundation is a small, nimble, and effective U.S. development agency that powers the best ideas from grassroots communities across Latin America and the Caribbean. Created by Congress in 1969, the IAF works directly with community based organizations, making targeted investments in community-led development solutions. IAF small grants are highly competitive, cost-effective catalysts that leverage on average $1.31 their value in local, private, and philanthropic support for every dollar the IAF invests. The IAF’s active project portfolio includes more than 300 projects across 20 countries.
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