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  • The Jamaica Social Investment Fund (JSIF) will continue its implementation of the Jamaica Integrated Community Development Project to enhance access to basic urban infrastructure and services, through a further allotment of $305 million.
  • Several major activities are expected to be carried out under the project for the 2016/17 period.
  • The project, which is being funded by the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development, is slated to run from October 2014 to October 2020.

The Jamaica Social Investment Fund (JSIF) will continue its implementation of the Jamaica Integrated Community Development Project to enhance access to basic urban infrastructure and services, through a further allotment of $305 million.

This is contained in the 2016/17 Estimates of Expenditure, now before the House of Representatives.

The project is also to contribute to increased community safety in selected economically vulnerable and socially volatile inner city communities.

Up to December 2015, achievements through the initiative included: clean-up activity in 30 communities; the initiation of an environmental programme in 20 primary schools; and the training and engagement of 164 environmental wardens.

Several major activities are expected to be carried out under the project for the 2016/17 period. These include: the rehabilitation of roads and improved access to water supply and sanitation in four communities; the rehabilitation of some primary and all-age schools; zinc fence removal and substitution in one community; and the procurement of two compactor trucks and Baler Wood Chipper Machines.

Other targets also include: further clean-up activities in 30 communities; the initiation of the environmental programme in 20 more primary schools; and training of an additional 164 environmental wardens.

Under the project this year, Grade Six Achievement Test (GSAT) clinics and summer camps targeting 2,940 children in 26 schools and 24 camps will be conducted; 130 persons will be enrolled in vocational skills training with HEART Trust/NTA; and 24 Grade 10 and 13 students will be engaged in a Saturday Academy programme.

Eighteen community-based organisations will also receive training in community-based contracting and several stakeholder sensitisation meetings conducted to inform on the progress of sub-projects activities.

The project, which is being funded by the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development, is slated to run from October 2014 to October 2020.

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