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The Jamaica Social Investment Fund (JSIF) will be spending some $1.05 billion this fiscal year to implement infrastructure development projects and provide basic social services in a number of communities.
The money has been provided in the 2009/10 Estimates of Expenditure, which is now before the House of Representatives.
As stated in the document, the financing will go towards the completion of nine projects under the Poverty Reduction Programme and the renovation of 12 basic and primary schools under the Basic Needs Trust Fund.
In addition, there will be the implementation of infrastructure for water, sanitation, drainage, secondary and tertiary roads in Federal Gardens, Jones/Craig Town, Central Village, Bucknor and Flanker; construction of community centres in Bucknor, Federal Gardens, Knollis and Flanker; and the provision of street lighting and regularising of illegal electricity connections in the communities of Bucknor, Flanker, Central Village and Lauriston.
JSIF was set up in 1996 to respond to the most vulnerable population groups in Jamaica, by establishing an efficient and demand-driven mechanism to deliver basic services and to provide infrastructure.
It also seeks to expand the Government’s institutional capacity to identify, implement, manage and sustain community-based initiatives.
To date, the agency has approved 1,167 projects valued at $5.1 billion and of this number, 782 have been completed.
The programme is being financed by the Government of Jamaica through funding from the Inter-American Development Bank, Caribbean Development Bank, European Union grants, among others.

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