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  • Several social and human development activities are to be completed this year under the Basic Needs Trust Fund project (BNTF7), for which $305 million has been allotted in the 2015/16 Estimates of Expenditure.
  • The project, which began in February 2013, is being implemented by the Jamaica Social Investment Fund (JSIF), with funding from the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB).
  • The objective of the project is to reduce poverty and vulnerability through enhanced access to basic and social infrastructure and human resources development services.

Several social and human development activities are to be completed this year under the Basic Needs Trust Fund project (BNTF7), for which $305 million has been allotted in the 2015/16 Estimates of Expenditure.

The project, which began in February 2013, is being implemented by the Jamaica Social Investment Fund (JSIF), with funding from the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB).

The objective of the project is to reduce poverty and vulnerability through enhanced access to basic and social infrastructure and human resources development services.

This will be achieved in three main sectors: Basic Community Access and Drainage Enhancement; Education and Human Resource Development; and Water and Sanitation Systems Enhancement.

Up to December 2014 under the project, a stakeholders’ conference was held; the draft Poverty Reduction Action Plan (PRAP) was finalised; and approval was received for all designs of sub-projects to be implemented under the project.

In addition, the approval of the project’s country project profile was received; preparation of the education sector portfolio commenced; and preparation of access and drainage sector portfolio commenced.

It is anticipated that for the 2015/16 period, classroom blocks in one all-age, and four primary schools will be expanded.

The institutions are:

  • Christiana Primary School ($46.254 million)
  • Mandeville Primary School ($55.494 million )
  • Discovery Bay All Age School ($41.966 million)
  • Ocho Rios Primary School ($41.996 million)
  • Old Harbour Primary School ($55.494 million)

Additionally, $6.541million will go towards implementation support of the five schools. The existing structure of the schools will also be rehabilitated at a cost of $9 million.

Further, $16.692 million will be spent on rehabilitation and implementation support of the Trenail District water supply; and water, sanitation and hygiene sub-projects will be implemented using $3 million of the funds allocated.

The project is slated to end in December 2016.