The First European Union Poverty Reduction Programme (PRP I)
The Poverty Reduction Programme (PRP) is a project of the
European Union, which was financed by a 6 million Euro grant to the Government of
Jamaica and implemented by the Jamaica Social Investment Fund (JSIF). On November 20, 2000
and December 11, 2000 European Commission (EC) and the Government of Jamaica (GoJ), respectively the signed
Financing Agreement No. 6349/JM. The PRP I had an initial Closing Date of December 31, 2005
but was extended to June 30, 2006.
The project was designed to improve living conditions in
underserved communities by providing access to quality basic infrastructure and
services such as, sanitation, water and health. The Programme ensured that participating
communities were involved in all stages of the project. The Community Based
(CBO), which initiated the project, had full responsibility for its implementation.
The PRP I projects utilized the Community Driven Development (CDD) methodology that seeks
to allow communities greater control over their own development. The mechanism that was
used for this was Community Based Contracting (CBC) where the community groups were trained
to undertake the procurement of goods and services and implement the project while JSIF
played the role of facilitator.