Our Story

Who are we?

The Recovery and Development Agency (the Agency) is a statutory agency established by the Government of the Virgin Islands on 23 April 2018 by the Virgin Islands Recovery and Development Agency Act 2018, with the purpose of ensuring the timely and proper implementation and execution of the Recovery to Development Plan of the Virgin Islands.

The RDA operates in partnership with the Government, to implement the programmes and projects set out in the Recovery to Development Plan that will return the Territory to normality in the short term, and lay the foundations for greater resilience and sustainability in the future.

The RDA therefore works closely with the government ministries, to provide the support and advice that relevant ministries require for the successful execution of their projects.

This includes providing technical advice and research; presenting different options to evaluate cost versus benefit; acquiring funding for individual projects; developing business cases to identify the most suitable course of action; assisting with procurement of goods and services, and managing the tendering process.

The process follows established international governmental practices, to ensure transparency and accountability, and to promote an open dialogue between the Government and the RDA.

Every aspect of the RDA’s work is informed and guided by a commitment to capacity building. Through education and skills development of students and young people, support for local entrepreneurs and business training, and improving government services, the RDA will equip the people and institutions of the BVI with the tools and ability to flourish long after their five-year mandate concludes.

About the Virgin Islands Recovery

Mission and Vision

Working with the Government of the Virgin Islands, the Recovery and Development Agency will raise investment to implement the recovery and development of the Virgin Islands, delivering value for money and developing national capacity, in order to realise the vision of the RDP.

This vision is for the BVI to become a model for building stronger, smarter, greener and better, fostering a vibrant and innovative economy, cohesive and empowered society, nurtured and sustainable environment, resilient infrastructure, good governance and a high quality of life for all.

The Disasters

Hurricane Irma is the most powerful storm ever recorded in Atlantic hurricane history. The BVI bore the brunt of Irma’s devastation with its eye passing over the Territory on September 6th, 2017 with sustained winds of 185 miles per hour gusting to 215 miles per hour.

The hurricane and flood disasters of 2017 caused more than $2.6bn of damage and loss to the Virgin Islands.

Following the immediate response to the disasters, the Government of the Virgin Islands established the Recovery and Development Agency as a tailor-made capability to support the Government to deliver the longer-term recovery and development of the Virgin Islands. The Agency was established by the government in order to guide an effective, efficient, transparent recovery process, and to implement the Recovery and Development Plan. This site is the official source of information for all matters related to the BVI’s recovery.