Strategic Programme Areas

Community Capacity Building

Capacity Building is an important element within the Community Development Programme. It concerns working with communities and people to enhance their skills and competences to enable them to define the type of development they want to take place within their communities. Another important aspect of this programme concerns the development of the competences of staff to enable them to deliver effective programmes/projects at the community level.

 Village Integrated Development

The Village Integrated Development Programme concerns the bringing together of all the various aspects of the Divisions’ programme to bear on the overall development of the village/community. It comprises the development and implementation of projects/programmes in Capacity Building, Participatory Development Approaches, Micro Infrastructure Development and Small Enterprise Development. It uses the Aided Self Help Approach as a strategy for empowering and developing residents to define and participate in shaping their own development.

 Community Enterprise Development

The Community Entrepreneurship Development programme is viewed as a strategy, which consist of the development of economic and social entrepreneurs. The Division intends to work in partnership with residents/communities/groups to develop their leadership abilities to enable them to implement small businesses and other innovative social development projects that have the potential to enhance their livelihoods. The Division will work with relevant agencies in order to bring critical resources to support the development of these projects.

Contact Information

Permanent Secretaries
Ms. Catherine Defreitas 
PS For Housing and Informal Human Settlement
Location: Granby Street, Kingstown
Tel : (PBX) :(784) 456-1111, Ext : 4681

Mrs. Merissa Finch-Burke 
PS For Social Development, Family, Gender Affairs, and Youth
Tel : (PBX) :(784) 456-1111, Ext : 3863


The Ministry of National Mobilisation, Social Development, Gender Affairs, Family Affairs, Housing and Informal Settlement

Halifax Street Kingstown St. Vincent

Office Hours

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