JSIF Lauded for Implementation of Community Projects

Photo: Dave Reid Managing Director of the Jamaica Social Investment Fund (JSIF), Omar Sweeny (right), presents Member of Parliament for North East St. Catherine, Leslie Campbell, with a plaque marking the completion of the $30-million Bottom Bonnet Road Project in the parish. Occasion was the recent handover ceremony for the road project in North East St. Catherine.

Story Highlights

  • International Consultant, Alison Kerry, is lauding the Jamaica Social Investment Fund (JSIF) for its effective implementation of community projects.
  • “The JSIF is an excellent organisation for implementation. It is so gratifying to see this kind of work, and to see the difference they make in small communities. It is very rewarding work, and we are happy to be working with them,” she told JIS News at the handover of the over $30-million Bottom Bonnet Road Project, in North East St. Catherine.
  • Ms. Kerry also had high praise for the JSIF’s Rural Economic Development Initiative (REDI), which was executed between 2010 and 2017, with a US$15-million loan from the World Bank. It provided funding for micro and small-scale rural agricultural producers, and tourism projects.

International Consultant, Alison Kerry, is lauding the Jamaica Social Investment Fund (JSIF) for its effective implementation of community projects.

According to Ms. Kerry, who has been hired by the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) to evaluate the agency’s Basic Needs Trust Fund and other community development projects undertaken by JSIF, the initiatives are “excellently” managed.

“The JSIF is an excellent organisation for implementation. It is so gratifying to see this kind of work, and to see the difference they make in small communities. It is very rewarding work, and we are happy to be working with them,” she told JIS News at the handover of the over $30-million Bottom Bonnet Road Project, in North East St. Catherine.

The Canadian national is on the island getting a first-hand account of the projects recently implemented by the agency.

Ms. Kerry also had high praise for the JSIF’s Rural Economic Development Initiative (REDI), which was executed between 2010 and 2017, with a US$15-million loan from the World Bank. It provided funding for micro and small-scale rural agricultural producers, and tourism projects.

“It was a positive programme that we would like to see continue. We would like to see the World Bank and other donors continue to fund a lot of those projects,” she added, noting that her report could result in more funding for Jamaica through JSIF.

Meanwhile, Managing Director of JSIF, Omar Sweeny, said the $30-million investment in the Bonnet community will enable more buyers to do business with farmers in the area as well as facilitate the growth of other enterprises.

“We need to maintain these important linkages, so, an investment of $30 million on this roadway is critical. This investment will redound to the benefit of the residents and the (agricultural) sector,” Mr. Sweeny said, adding that it will also give opportunities to young people in the area, and help to cut the drift to urban communities.

For his part, Member of Parliament for North East St. Catherine, Leslie Campbell, expressed appreciation for the improved road, and pledged to work with the residents in setting up a maintenance programme for the road.

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