Building resilience to climate change and disasters in a Small Island Developing State: lessons from Dominica

This case study examines the experience of Dominica’s Disaster Vulnerability Reduction Project (DVRP) — the country’s largest World Bank-associated climate resilience program — from project approval in May 2014 through its near-completion in 2022. This case study focuses on the project’s delivery challenges and solutions. It aims to provide lessons from the project on how the teams addressed delivery challenges — that is, the kinds of problems that hinder development interventions and prevent practitioners from translating technical solutions into results on the ground. It thus explores the major challenges during implementation, the solutions put in place by the government in response to challenges, how the solutions were developed and deployed, and key lessons.