An independent audit on relief distribution since the hurricanes is to be carried in the British Virgin Islands.
Disaster coordinator and Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA) representative, Superintendent Sylvan McIntyre will be in the BVI for the next two weeks to conduct the audit.
“It is important that the BVI fully documents the steps taken in its relief distribution programmes launched following the impacts from three unprecedented events. A significant amount of aid was provided and must be accounted for,” said McIntyre.
He explained: “We will examine how the needs were identified, the pledges made, the relationship with local, regional, and international organisations in addressing the needs of the impacted communities, systems in place for tracking the receipt, storage, delivery and distribution of aid, and how the government prioritized the aid distribution.”
The methodology to be used in the audit will involve the application of a survey tool, focus group discussions, interviews, and documentation review.
A full report on the findings will be presented to Cabinet. The report will include the findings, recommendations, and lessons learned.
CDEMA will be offering financial support to the audit.
Meanwhile, a government release today described McIntyre as a key member of the Regional Response team and Regional Needs Assessment team who has been with CDEMA for more than 15 years.
Following the hurricanes, tonnes of aid was provided to the people of the BVI through various mechanisms and organisations.
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