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The North Rupununi District Development Board (NRDDB).

The North Rupununi District Development Board (NRDDB) is a registered Trust and an established non-governmental, non-profit, community-based organisation currently representing 16 communities. It is an autonomous body, initially comprising of representatives from 12 indigenous communities in the North Rupununi.  In 1996, it was legally established to link the 12 communities with the Iwokrama International Centre for Rain Forest Conservation and Development, government agencies, and other institutions, on issues relating to community development in the North Rupununi.


Rondey Davis
Executive Director




The NRDDB provides a mechanism for community leaders to meet, discuss, and make decisions relating to the NRDDB operation for their respective communities. The NRDDB is recognised as one of the leading community based organisations in Guyana. Since the formation of the NRDDB, membership has increased from 12 to 16 communities.


The NRDDB meetings are open to Government, NGOs and other agencies and relevant organisations would usually be invited to attend the monthly meetings based upon the specific issues to be addressed. Membership representation of the Board has been changed to 16 community leaders, one other elected community member from each village, a youth group leader, Toshao for Annai District, an elder and one woman leader.

This type of decision-making structure is new and innovative for communities in the North Rupununi. This model allows for the sharing of ideas and experiences, problem-solving, decision-making, highlighting problems and issues to find solutions relating to their respective communities. The NRDDB is recognised locally, nationally and internationally as a legitimate body that serves the purpose of consultation and collaboration for social and economic development in the North Rupununi.


Tourism Revolving fund; Women Revolving Loan Scheme; North Rupununi Credit and Development Trust (NRCDT); Makashi Yemekum Cooperation (MYC); Community-based Natural Resource Management Projects; other socio-economic projects.


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