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  • A sum of $22.4 million has been allotted to the Office of the Prime Minister in the 2014/15 budget, to complete works under the Basic Needs Trust Fund project.
  • Its overall objectives involved improvements in the human resource base of at risk out-of-school youths.
  • Since implementation, the programme has seen the execution of 19 sub-projects in the areas of vulnerable groups.

A sum of $22.4 million has been allotted to the Office of the Prime Minister in the 2014/15 budget, to complete works under the Basic Needs Trust Fund project (BNTF6).

The programme, which ran from June 2009 to December 2013, was implemented by the Jamaica Social Investment Fund (JSIF), with financing from the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB).

Its overall objectives involved improvements in the human resource base of at risk out-of-school youths; the promotion and strengthening of community organisations; and improvements in the responsiveness and efficiency of development strategies.

Since implementation, the programme has seen the execution of 19 sub-projects in the areas of vulnerable groups; health; education; water and sanitation; and the construction of production-related infrastructure.

This year’s allotment will go towards implementing consultancies under Local Institutional Strengthening (LIS).