Project Components
- Community Development Plans

A central feature of the Canada-Guyana Partnership for Community Planning Project is the design and delivery of community development plans (CDPs). Community Development Planning is meant to result in two principal outputs. The first is improved stakeholder access to strategic and accurate information enhanced by means of a Community Information System. The second output is the identification of development priorities at the community level in the form of a completed and approved CDP. The outcome of this cluster of activities is a series of CDPs prepared with the participation of civil society, government and the private sector.

The Canada-Guyana Partnership for Community Planning Project provided support to the Central Housing & Planning Authority in the efficient delivery of Community Development Plans. Relying on the full range of activities to be delivered through the partnership, CIP served as a responsive professional and technical resource at various points in the life-cycle of a CDP:

  • Senior professional intervention to address specific and practical obstacles or issues or provide support for specific steps in the methodology;
  • Hands-on training to develop skills around particular methods or tools
  • Young professionals to provide extensive full time support to a CDP
  • Demonstrating innovations in a CDP context

CIP support took the form of a series of quarterly Community Planning Workshops which would relate to any one of the 8 steps included in the following planning methodology:

  1. Identify the Community

    • The process of community selection will also involve finding local community champions.
  2. Engage the Community

    • Identify groups presently working in the community and community leaders
    • Initial community meeting – introduce project
    • Community meetings – get views of residents regarding their issues and concerns
  3. Develop a Community Profile and Information System

    • A comprehensive geographic information system and database accessible to CH&PA and community leaders for a range of purposes.
    • Draft Community Profiles–Baseline Information System, by age and sex
    • Design and undertake a land use survey, to be administered in each of the two communities
    • Present Draft Community Profile and Information System Intervention & Priorities
  4. Define a Community Vision

    • Work with residents to develop a Vision statement for their community
  5. Engage Key Government Stakeholders

    • Make contact with the relevant ministries and agencies to find out what programmes are currently being undertaken in the community or being planned
    • Invite stakeholder agencies based on the issue to make presentations to the community and answer any queries.
  6. Establish Issue-based Working Group to Identify Priorities

    • Divide issues in groups and have community meeting to discuss residents' concerns as it relates to each issue.
    • Have residents form sub-committees for each issue identified
    • Meet with sub-committees to further discuss issues and come up with recommendations
    • Hold community meetings to get the consensus of the wider population on recommendations put forward
  7. Prepare a Community Development Plan

    • Prepare a plan based on information gathered from each step of the process
    • CDP will outline priorities, direction and strategic interventions for each community.
  8. Collect feedback and Secure Approval

    • Circulate draft plan to all stakeholders for their input
    • Prepare and Present Final Community Development Plans for Communities

The CDP process is building on the results of the recently completed Municipal Governance & Management Programme (MGMP), the Urban Development Programme (UDP) and the EU-funded Community Development program. These include municipal development agendas/plans for 6 municipalities undertaken as part of the MGMP, business plans produced for each of the 6 Municipalities under the UDP, and community engagement methods used by the EU program.

Status of Community Development Plans:

During the Project timeframe, 14 CDPs were created in the following areas as per the IDB Phase II Project. As of the project closure date, the CDPs and implementation were in varying stages of completion. Interventions lead by CH&PA staff will continue in these 14 housing schemes beyond the closure of the C-GPCP Project.

  1. 7 Miles Bartica, Region 7
  2. La Parfaite Harmony, Region 3
  3. Parcel 1 Block XXX Non Pariel, Region 4
  4. Ordnance Fortlands, Region 6
  5. No. 76 Village, Corentyne, Region 6
  6. Belle West, Region 3
  7. Tuschen, Region 3
  8. Area “B” Lusignan, Region 4
  9. Tabatinga, Lethem, Region 9
  10. Block “D” Bath, Region 5
  11. Section “D” Sophia, Region 4
  12. Lusignan (Binkey Alley), Region 4
  13. Block 5 & Area "R" Ankerville, Region 6
  14. Amelia’s Ward, Linden, Region 10

Community Development Micro-Projects:

The Community Development Micro-Projects are community-based projects in two of the housing schemes where CDPs are pending approval. The purpose of the Community Development Micro-Projects is to provide a way for members of the community to get more involved in the planning process and to promote the development of a vision for the community.

It is critical to note the high levels of community participation, engagement and the leadership shown by the newly formed community groups in Area ‘B’ Lusignan and Belle West. The projects are also a great exercise in group formation and local community development, which can be replicated by other Guyanese communities.

Area 'B' Lusignan

Following an extensive community consultation process, community leaders from Area ‘B’ Lusignan chose to create a clearly defined public open space that can be accessed and utilized by all residents of the community. Land space in the community was identified and allocated for upgrades. The community will be erecting stands, a play structure, a cricket patch, signage, security lights and many other components which they have deemed necessary.

As of October 2011, the fence was complete and the space was being prepared for levelling using dirt provided by the local NDC. A sign has been prepared to identify the playground space and acknowledge CIP / CIDA sponsorship. All other works are part of the project’s second phase, which will be directed and completed entirely by the community group.

The Area 'B' Lusignan Community Development Micro-Project was featured in the Stabroek News. Click here to see the full article.

Belle West

Belle West conceived a different project: the community group decided to provide select skills training and development to community members, with a focus on youth and single-parent development. They believe that this project will help to build the capacity, resilience and strength of the community through the empowerment of its members. To this end, fifteen community members participated in a catering course offered at Guyana’s Carnegie School of Home Economics. In addition, the C-GPCP is funding furniture for the Belle West Multi-Purpose Building. As of October 2011 a local contractor from within the community was contracted to make the furniture and the community is ensuring that the Multi-Purpose Building is secure before the furniture is moved in.

Templates for the CDP process:

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Planning Participation Tracking Form
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