Mission Statement

To facilitate participatory community based, self-reliant and sustainable action programs in order to reduce isolation, strengthen the bonds between Government and people and bring about meaningful social change to all throughout the island.


  • To transform all community centres into vehicles for community action and development.
  • To provide education and skill training opportunities at the community level to enhance social wellbeing.
  • Conduct community audits to determine status and needs of communities.
  • Mobilization of communities to initiate community activities and the formulation of community groups.
  • Facilitate community projects through BNTF.
  • Upgrade, maintain and management of community centres.


To provide opportunities for individuals and communities to develop the concepts of self-reliance and community action to bring about social change.

Sustainable Priorities

  • Initiate homework assistance programs for students in all communities.
  • Provide computer and other skill training opportunities for both students and adults in all communities.
  • Provide the framework for the building/enhancement of good relationships among youth through training in leadership skills, life skills, conflict resolution etc.
  • Establish and develop community groups.
  • Mobilize communities into organizing festivals and competitions and provide logistic support for the same.
  • Upgrade and maintain existing community centres and construct new centres as necessary.
  • Establish neighbourhood watch to reduce incidences of crime and violence.
  • Encourage and support cultural development through dance, music, drama and other aspects of the arts for both children and adults.
  • Establish a community audit system to capture the demographics, human and physical resources, health and environment issues, employment, needs assessment etc. throughout the island.
  • Reduce the vulnerability, in a sustainable and gender sensitive manner of people living poverty through community projects.
  • Establishment of community libraries.


  • At the Community Development Department we are committed to the following:-
  • We strive to provide the highest quality service to the public.
  • We treat all individuals with respect, dignity and fairness.
  • We recognize fellow employees as caring human service professionals and the essential role that each of us has in helping the Department pursue its mission.
  • We foster communication and cooperation within our Department and with other community service agencies to establish and effective network of resources for people in need.
  • We recognize and accept changes as an essential requisite for ensuring that services are efficient, effective and equitable.
  • We encourage active leadership roles to make service improvements that better addresses our mission.
  • We hold ourselves personally and organizationally responsible for achieving outcomes that support our Department’s mission.

Address to open Community Development Month May 2018

The following is an address by Hon. Eric Evelyn, Minister of Community Development in the Nevis Island Administration on the observance of Community Development Month May 2018.

Community survey to be conducted to assist youth

The Department of Community Development in the Nevis Island Administration is seeking the assistance of the public as it conducts a community baseline survey.

Students receive Alexander Hamilton Scholarship Award

Four students are now the new recipients of the Alexander Hamilton Scholarship Award. The students were presented with their awards by Hon. Eric Evelyn, Minister of Youth and Community Development on Nevis, on Friday, January 12, 2018, at the Alexander Hamilton Museum Grounds, during the annual staging of the Alexander Hamilton Tea Party in commemoration of his indelible historical presence.

Dept. of Community Development seeks to keep traditional Christmas spirit alive

The month of December is an important time of year on the calendar of activities for the Department of Community Development in the Ministry of Social Development on Nevis as it endeavours to keep the spirit of Christmas alive.

Community Development Department on Nevis holds first Community Day Fair

NIA CHARLESTOWN (MAY 23, 2016) – The Community Development Department hosted its first Community Day Fair on Friday May 20, 2016, at the D. R Walywn Plaza. The event forms part of a month of activities hosted by the department as a part of Community Development Month. The theme is “Our community, our commitment, our […]

New vehicle to assist Nevis Community Development Dept. implement youth programmes

NIA CHARLESTOWN NEVIS (JUNE 09, 2015) — The Ministry of Social Development was the beneficiary of a new Suzuki bus donated by Director of Trust Services (Nevis) Ltd. Paul Mason. He handed the keys to Junior Minister responsible for Social Development Hon. Hazel Brandy-Williams, at a ceremony at the Nevis Island Administration’s offices in Charlestown […]

The Department of Community Development held its Annual Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony

NIA CHARLESTOWN NEVIS (DECEMBER 10, 2014) The Department of Community Development brought in the Christmas spirit with its annual Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony on Wednesday, 03 December, 2014 at the Memorial Square. The department patronized Pastor Eric Maynard at this year’s event.

Community Development is purposeful planned change from bottom up, says Nevis Minister Daniel

NIA-CHARLESTOWN NEVIS (September 26, 2011) — Community development is purposeful planned change from the bottom going upwards was how Minister of Social Development in the Nevis Island Administration Hon. Hensley Daniel described the construction of an Adult Education Centre recently commissioned in Barnes Ghaut Village  and number of other community centres in areas on the […]

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