India-UN Development Partnership Fund to Support Human Development, Health, and Sports

(L-R) UNDP Deputy Resident Representative, Karen Bernard; Hon. Omar Figueroa, Minister of State, Sustainable Development; Hon. Anthony Martinez, Minister of Human Development, Social Transformation and Poverty Alleviation; Hon. Patrick Faber, Minister of Education, Youth, & Sports

The India-UN Development Partnership Fund has granted over USD 600,000 for the Support to Infrastructure for Human Development, Health, and Sports Project in Belize. UNDP’s support to the project consists in ensuring efficient procurement for the infrastructure needs outlined. In order to address poverty in Belize, and ensuing issues such as young male vulnerability to crime and violence, young female vulnerability to early pregnancy, and poor nutrition and lack of fitness opportunities for all ages, infrastructural improvements are sought to facilitate various innovative approaches.

The infrastructure improvements under this project will support two outcomes. The first is the upgrading of facilities for the Youth Challenge Programme (YCP) and other similar future programmes. Infrastructure improvements to an existing campus location twenty-one (21) miles west of Belize City will facilitate the implementation of the YCP and other programs for at-risk youth. This will provide youths with an opportunity to get out of the streets (and away from gang influences), go back to school, learn a trade, and make better life decisions, thereby contributing to the social transformation of country. The second is the construction of a multi-purpose facility in San Ignacio Town. The Get Active and Stay Healthy Programme is proposed to be housed in a new San Ignacio Community Exercise, Social Sports, and Women’s Group Feeding Programme Complex.

This project aims to transform the lives of over 4,000 community members between the ages of 10 to 40 by providing a multi-purpose sporting and health facility to give them the chance to play with their peers, be involved in their communities, and improve their health and well-being while simultaneously creating opportunities for income generation for the local community. The complex will provide a safe space for recreation to residents of all ages, will allow for residents to improve their health via health and fitness activities, will contribute to reducing poverty and hunger by serving as a centre for a food pantry program targeting the most needy, will create employment through self-financed direct hiring staff that will administer the pantry program and kiosks built to house small vendors using the facilities and improving climate change mitigation and awareness through the use of renewable energy to power the facility.

This project contributes to fulfilment of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), specifically SDGs 1) No Poverty, 2) No Hunger, 3) Good Health, 5) Gender Equality, 10) Reduced Inequalities, and 12) Responsible Consumption.

The India-UN Development Partnership Fund is a dedicated facility within the United Nations Fund for South-South Cooperation (UNFSSC). It is supported and lead by the Government of the Republic of India, and implemented in collaboration with the United Nations system. Projects supported by this facility advance the implementation of the UNDP Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) through concrete initiatives in response to cooperation requests made by other developing countries. Projects benefiting small island developing states (SIDS) are favored.

Belize is listed by UNESCO as a SIDS. Small island developing states are particularly vulnerable developing countries, which face specific social, economic and environmental challenges.