Activities under the Citizen Security and Justice Programme II (CSJP) should be significantly enhanced this year through a $1.1 billion provision in the 2013/14 Estimates of Expenditure, which is now before the House of Representatives.
With funding support from the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and the Department for International Development (DFID), the project aims to contribute to the reduction of crime and violence in 50 volatile communities through the financing of prevention and strategic interventions that will address identified individual, family and community risk factors.
For this fiscal year, the Government intends to deliver vocational and pre-vocational skills training to 1,315 and 800 persons, respectively; continue implementation of skills training and educational programmes; develop 25 community profiles and 15 plans; implement three Rapid Impact Projects; design and implement five small infrastructure projects; deliver capacity building training for 44 community action committees; and provide on-the-job training for 470 persons.
The money will also go towards providing summer employment for 390 students; provide tuition support for 900 students; assist community members to develop business proposals and support 25 such ventures; construct two new multi-purpose centres; and continue the implementation of skills training and educational programmes in 50 communities.
Achievements up to March 2013 include: tuition support provided to over 3,900 students in the Kingston Metropolitan Area (KMA) and the Western Region; 600 persons placed in Employment Internship Programmes; vocational and pre-vocational skills training delivered to residents in 50 communities in the KMA and the Western Region; and the provision of job training for beneficiaries.
Other achievements include: renovating and expanding multi-purpose centres; administrative support provided to 11 Community Action Committees; continuing support for the seven social marketing and public education campaign programmes; and commencing the Restorative Justice Programme in seven communities.
Initial targets originally envisaged include: the implementation of an inter-agency integrated management system by 2011; furnishing and equipping of six rehabilitated multi-purpose centres; implementation of 15 community situational crime prevention support programmes; helping 6,800 youth to build social skills and strengthen their employability; and conducting anti-violence and parent training programmes for 10,500 persons.
Other targets are: the implementation of 15 small infrastructure development projects; execution of seven marketing and public education campaign programmes to foster peace; and the development of 28 safety plans, one per target community.
The CSJP, which is being implemented by the Ministry of National Security, is scheduled to end in September 2014.
By Chris Patterson, JIS Reporter