Mission Statement

To bring about meaningful social change within the economy through participatory and sustainable action programs in sports, community development, social services and to identify and implement projects to alleviate poverty through the Basic Need Trust Fund (BNTF).


  • To coordinate the implementation of programs and activities to be executed by the various departments within the Ministry.
  • To establish appropriate policies to guide the operations of the Ministry.
  • To identify and facilitate training opportunities geared towards people empowerment.
  • To provide financial and technical assistance to sporting and other community based organizations, along with the less fortunate in our communities.
  • To create greater awareness in the communities of Nevis, to enhance their social well being.
  • To construct, upgrade and maintain community centres and recreational facilities with the view of transforming them into a hub of activities.
  • Raise the level of awareness of gender related issues.
  • To coordinate community projects through BNTF.


To promote meaningful social change through community development, sports, social services and BNTF Projects.

Sustainable Priorities

  • Manage projects related to the alleviation of poverty.
  • Create and promote awareness for the ongoing improvement of the social well being of the community.
  • Implement and monitor preventative and corrective measures to help alleviate problems experienced by children, youth and the family as a unit.
  • Provide care and recreational activities to elderly persons in the community.
  • Provide programs that focus on gender relations issues to provide men and women with empowerment opportunities.
  • Provide support to community development, sports and social assistance.

Nevis Social Development Minister marks World Social Work Day

The following is an address by Hon. Eric Evelyn, Minister of Community Development in the Nevis Island Administration (NIA) in observance of World Social Work Day on March 20, 2018.

Celian “Martin” Powell of Zion Village in Nevis; oldest in SKN celebrates her 106th birthday

Ms. Celian “Martin” Powell of Zion Village in Nevis, the oldest living person in St. Kitts and Nevis celebrated her 106th birthday among family, friends, government officials, care givers and well-wishers at a ceremony also celebrating her Ghanaian ancestry at the Flamboyant Nursing Home on January 19, 2018.

Min. of Social Development invites Nevis public to Charlestown Christmas tree lighting

Members of the Nevis community are encouraged to attend the first in a series of annual tree lighting ceremonies throughout the island, hosted by the Ministry of Social Development through the Department of Community Development.

Dept. of Social Services Seniors Division honours five senior men for cultural preservation

The focus shifted to male seniors, as the Social Services Department, Seniors Division in the Ministry of Social Development singled out five men for their contribution to cultural preservation. The gesture also serves to bring greater awareness to the Seniors Programme.

Nevis community urged to embrace seniors; learn from their wisdom

Hon. Hazel Brandy-Williams, Junior Minister in the Ministry of Social Development on Nevis, called on the community to appreciate the seniors and to learn their wisdom and life experiences.

NIA continues to demonstrate seniors matter, Social Development Minister Brantley says

Hon. Mark Brantley, Deputy Premier of Nevis and Senior Minister in the Ministry of Social Development, says the Nevis Island Administration (NIA) continues to demonstrate that the seniors on Nevis matter.

Min. of Social Development to host Regional Women’s Forum

NIA CHARLESTOWN NEVIS (March 17 2017) – In keeping with its continued commitment to women’s empowerment within the context of the new Sustainable Development Agenda, the Ministry of Social Development in collaboration with the Organization of American States (OAS) and the Commonwealth Women Parliamentarians (CWP) will on March 22-23  2017, convene a two-day Regional Women’s […]

Nevis Min. of Social Development to host Women’s Forum on Sustainable Development Goals

NIA CHARLESTOWN NEVIS (November 28, 2016) — The following is a press release from Sustainable Development in the Ministry of Social Development, Nevis Island Administration (NIA).   The Nevis Island Administration through its Ministry of Social Development in collaboration with the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), will on Wednesday 30th November, 2016, convene a one […]

Caregivers training course concludes

  Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Social Development Mr. Alstead Pemberton CHARLESTOWN NEVIS (July 21, 2010) — Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Social Development Mr. Alstead Pemberton, urged eight new caregivers who successfully completed training in the care of the island’s seniors, to utilize their new knowledge to enhance their performance and delivery […]

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