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Prime Minister, Hon. Bruce Golding has welcomed a proposal by the Peace Management Initiative (PMI) to increase their role in the social recovery and transformation of marginalized communities across the country.
Representatives of the PMI met with the Prime Minister and National Security Minister, Hon. Dwight Nelson recently at Jamaica House, where they outlined their plans to extend their approach to addressing community violence, which they contend, accounts for many of the growing number of homicides. Mr. Golding told the group that in order to develop an effective long-term social recovery and transformation programme, there is the need to synchronize the various initiatives being undertaken by both government and non-government organizations.
He informed that the Planning Institute of Jamaica (PIOJ) is in the process of developing a programme that would provide a comprehensive, sustainable approach to transforming marginalized and garrison communities and invited the PMI to add their input.
He said the multi-lateral agencies have already committed their support for social recovery programmes some of which, he noted, will have to be aligned with law enforcement activities.
The PMI was established in 2002 and comprises representatives from the church, the University of the West Indies (UWI), the Dispute Resolution Foundation and civil society.
The group’s role is to defuse, through dialogue, community violence.
The PMI representatives noted that they have experienced some success but required increased funding to extend their approach.