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USAID rolls out phase 2 of citizen security project

March 31, 2014

Project Title: 
Community-based Micro-enterprise Development

Project Overview:
Country: Jamaica
Duration: 42 Months

Contractor(s)/Grantee(s):
Local Initiative Facility for the Environment (LIFE)

Objective:
The overall purpose of the project is to facilitate the development of agricultural-based micro-enterprises in rural communities to improve standards of living and promote economic diversification.
The Objective is the development or expansion of 169 agriculturally/environmentally based Micro-enterprises in 30 communities through the application of beekeeping, protected farming, agro-processing, renewable energy technologies and community tourism activities over a 42 month period.

Program Targets:
The total direct beneficiaries

  • 262 persons

The project will also indirectly impact on 1048 persons

Program Status:

March 20, 2014

Project Title: 
Parenting (pilot) Initiative to strengthen the Parent-School partnership in 60 Schools located within Regions 1, 4 and 6 in order to improve Literacy outcomes

Project Overview:
Country: Jamaica
Duration: December 7, 2012 – March 31, 2014

Contractor(s)/Grantee(s):
World Learning

March 20, 2014

Project Title: 
Enrichment Initiative to Increase Literacy at the Primary School Level

Project Overview:
Country: Jamaica
Duration: April 2013 – March 2016

Contractor(s)/Grantee(s):
Digicel Foundation

March 20, 2014

Project Title: 
Rose Town Micro-enterprise Development Project

Project Overview:
Country: Jamaica
Duration: February 2013 – February 2015

Contractor(s)/Grantee(s):
Rose Town Foundation for the Built Environment (RTFBE)

March 19, 2014

Project Title: 
Jamaica Rural Economy and Ecosystems Adapting to Climate Change (JA REEACH) formerly Marketing Agriculture for Jamaican Improved Competitiveness (MAJIC)

Project Overview:
Country: Jamaica
Duration: 2010 - 2014

Contractor(s)/Grantee(s):
ACDI/VOCA

March 19, 2014

Project Title: 
USAID/MOE Education Partnership for Improved Reading Outcomes

Project Overview:
Country: Jamaica
Duration: 2013 – 2015

Contractor(s)/Grantee(s):
Ministry of Education

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THE United States Agency for International Development (USAID) has launched phase two of its Community Empowerment and Transformation Project (COMET II), a five-year program aimed at assisting the Government of Jamaica (GoJ) to strengthen citizen security and community-police relationships.

The project, which is spearheaded by the international team TETRA Tech/DPK in collaboration with the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) and the GoJ, will seek to empower local leaders and community organisations; enhance relationships and build confidence among key stakeholders, including police, community groups, and key governmental institutions; and support the JCF's Community Based Policing Program.

"The overall approach of COMET II is to capitalize on the gains of COMET I, improving the relationship between community and police and enabling them to work together to build safer communities and reduce crime and violence. In addition, we hope that this activity will strengthen social cohesion and promote a sense of belonging, inclusion, participation, recognition and legitimacy among communities and community members," explains USAID Mission Director Denise A Herbol.

COMET I was USAID/Jamaica's first large flagship citizen security program, and was implemented from 2006 through 2012 with these objectives: to reduce crime and violence and strengthen economic competitiveness in Jamaica's inner-city communities. COMET I was embraced at both the parish and governmental levels and helped to strengthen Community Based Policing across the country.

Community safety and security and anti-corruption efforts at the national level also improved within the JCF, Independent Commission of Investigations, National Integrity Association, and Financial Investigations Division, as well as across the region through the Association of Caribbean Commissioners of Police.

COMET II will look to add to the successes of COMET I with a more concentrated focus on communities and community-driven activities contributing to improved crime prevention, intervention, and enforcement. It will address underlying causes of crime and promote improved communications and interactions between the citizens and the police. The initiative will also continue to support the JCF's Community Based Policing Program.

Last updated: March 19, 2014

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