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  • Barrett Town, Granville benefiting from JSIF's 'Safe Route to School' initiative

    Parents and students, earlier this year, utilize the new sidewalk on the road leading to the Barrett Town All-Age School.
    Thursday, November 26, 2020
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    Thursday, November 26, 2020 - 12:00pm
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    MONTEGO BAY, St James -  Principals for the Barrett Town All-Age and Granville Primary and Infant schools in St James are ecstatic about the new infrastructure built under the 'Safe Passages: Safe Routes to School' initiative guided by the Complete Streets Policy, which forms part of the Integrated Community Development Project (ICDP).The project forms part of a US$42-million World Bank-funded initiative which is being implemented by the Jamaica Social Investment Fund (JSIF) over a five-year period. The Safer Route to Schools initiative is aimed at improving travel safety by making better conditions for bicycling, walking, and public transportation. Under the project, some eight school communities islandwide are expected to benefit. Principal of the Granville Primary and Infant School, Ann-Marie Brown, told the Jamaica Observer West that the project is welcomed and highly appreciated, even though her students have not started to use the newly implemented safe passage due to closure of school plant as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. “There was indeed a deep concern for our students' safety because this area is a busy thoroughfare for vehicular traffic. So on behalf of the board, the principal, the staff and students of the Granville Primary and Infant School, we want to extend a heartfelt thanks to JSIF as they continue their work in nation-building in seeking to ensure the safety of our students on the road,” said Brown. Anthony Murray, principal of Barrett Town All- Age, also in St James, where the first programme was completed earlier this year, stated that the initiative has enhanced the aesthetical value of the community.

  • Contracts Signed for Upgrading of Police Stations and Health Centres

    Chairman, Jamaica Social Investment Fund (JSIF), Dr. Wayne Henry (left), and Head of the European Union Delegation to Jamaica, Ambassador Marianne Van Steen (second left), at the ceremony where Managing Director, JSIF, Omar Sweeney (second right); and Director and Chief Executive Officer, Marshall Construction Company Limited, Alphanso Reynolds (right), sign a contract for the implementation of major infrastructural sub-projects, under the Jamaica Social Investment Fund – Poverty Reduction Programme (PRP) phase four initiative. The signing ceremony was held at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel on November 19. Witnessing (from left) are General Manager, Finance and Procurement, JSIF, Orville Hill; and Senior Manager, Standards & Procurement, JSIF, Dwight Ricketts.
    Friday, November 20, 2020
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    Friday, November 20, 2020 - 12:00pm
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    Four contracts valued at $416 million were signed Thursday (November 19), to commence work for the implementation of 10 major infrastructural sub-projects, under the Jamaica Social Investment Fund (JSIF) Poverty Reduction Programme (PRP) phase four initiative.Speaking at the contract-signing ceremony at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel, Chairman, JSIF, Dr. Wayne Henry, said the works will include the upgrade of five police stations across select parishes – two in Clarendon (Four Paths and Lionel Town); two in Kingston (Denham Town and Franklyn Town), and one in St. James (Adelphi).“We are also pleased to announce that we will be demolishing the old police station in the Mount Salem community and will be building a new police station for the community,” Dr. Henry said.He noted that the JSIF strives to place high emphasis on investing in community development through the implementation of impactful projects that will enable citizens to have a better quality of life.“We are [also] pleased to announce that under the JSIF-PRP phase four project, the Ministry of Health and Wellness, Western Regional Health Authority will benefit from three upgraded health centres in St. James (Barrett Town, Flanker and Granville) and a newly constructed health centre in the Adelphi community,” Dr. Henry informed.He said these facilities will boast modern amenities, including consultation rooms, dental offices, pharmacies, sterilisation and treatment rooms.Dr. Henry stressed that the roles of the contractors are critical to the delivery of a high-quality finished product.“In this regard, I am urging the contractors who have been successful in their bids to ensure that project completion is timely while reflecting adherence to standards and the highest quality, as it is very important for us to build sustainable infrastructure,” he said.In her remarks, Head of the European Union Delegation to Jamaica, Ambassador Marianne Van Steen, said the upgrade work on the health centres will expand the capacity of the health sector to deal with the regular health concerns and to allow a better response to increased traffic flow within the health sector, resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic.“We are particularly pleased that improvements in services will include the construction of a mental health office at the Flanker Health Centre; pharmacy services at the Adelphi and Granville Health Centres; dental offices at Flanker and Granville Health Centres and retrofitting of the entire Barrett Town Health Centre to facilitate disability access,” Ambassador Van Steen said.She noted that the renovation of the police stations will also provide much needed improvements to the security experience of both the police and residents, particularly for the police, whose role has been expanded as part of the national response to COVID-19.“Planned improvements include cell block and barrack room upgrades for all police stations, and resource/training rooms for the Four Paths, Franklyn Town and Adelphi Police Stations,” Ambassador Van Steen informed.She added that all these improvements will benefit the over 50,000 residents and workers of the seven communities in which they are located.The Planning Institute of Jamaica (PIOJ) has oversight to provide technical support for the successful implementation of the European Union’s Poverty Reduction Programme, which has been executed by the Jamaica Social Investment Fund over the past 19 years.The four contracting companies are SM Quality Construction, Modern Ricam Construction, C & D Construction and Engineering Limited and Marshall Construction Company Limited.

  • Westmoreland Municipal Corporation receives technical equipment valued at $7.8 million from JSIF

    Managing Director of the Jamaica Social Investment Fund (JSIF), Omar Sweeney, addresses a ceremony for the handing over of technical equipment valued at $7.8 million to the Westmoreland Municipal Corporation on Friday, at the Corporation's building in Savanna-La-Mar.
    Sunday, November 22, 2020
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    Sunday, November 22, 2020 - 12:00pm
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    ST JAMES, Jamaica— The Westmoreland Municipal Corporation has received equipment valued at $7.8 million from the Jamaica Social Investment Fund (JSIF), to assist the technical work carried out by various departments for the development of the parish.The items include geo-information systems (GIS) tools including four handheld tablets, eight desktop computers, a laptop, a 42-inch plotter for printing plans and blueprints, a heavy duty printer, and a drone. Managing Director of JSIF, Omar Sweeney, in his address at the handing over ceremony held at the municipal corporation building in Savanna-La-Mar on Friday, said that the devices will enhance the work of the local authority in sustaining community development. He noted that the employees will receive the requisite training to effectively utilise the tools. Sweeny said that the pieces of equipment are being provided under the Integrated Community Development Project (ICDP), which is being implemented by JSIF through a US$42 million loan from the World Bank.   “We will be supporting six parish councils with the necessary tools, which we believe are essential for you to sustain and carry out the necessary work to support the development of communities in the parish,” he said. Mayor of Savanna-La-Mar, Bertel Moore, in expressing gratitude to JSIF, said the equipment will improve service delivery at the municipal corporation.

  • The power of partnership - Clarendon the first of seven municipal corporations to benefit from ICDP initiative

    Councillor Winston Maragh (second left), mayor of May Pen, accepts the keys to a 4X4 Double Cab Pickup from Omar Sweeney (centre), managing director of the Jamaica Social Investment Fund (JSIF), during the handover ceremony of equipment and a motor vechile at the Clarendon Municipal Corporation on November 13 under the Integrated Community Development Project. Also in photograph are Homer Davis (left), state minister in the Ministry of Local Government and Rurual Development; Shunelle Nevers, senior development officer, JSIF; and Ven Winston Thomas, archdeacon, Mandville Region of Anglican Church.
    Monday, November 16, 2020
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    Monday, November 16, 2020 - 12:00pm
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    The Clarendon Municipal Corporation on Friday received a vehicle and equipment valued at $11.7 million under the Integrated Community Development Project (ICDP), implemented by the Jamaica Social Investment Fund (JSIF). The project, under component 3 of the ICDP, is geared at commmunity development and institutional strengthening of government agencies.JSIF’s Managing Director Omar Sweeney noted that Clarendon is the first of seven municipal corporations to benefit under the initiative. Addressing the gathering at the handover ceremony on the Clarendon Municipal Corporation’s grounds, Sweeney said, “As we seek to develop the country and communities, we also have to seek to provide strengthening to government services, by providing various services.”Speaking with The Gleaner, Sweeney noted that four Clarendon communities, namely York Town, Bucknor, Canaan Heights and Treadlight, have also benefited in the areas of infrastructural development, utility regularisation and skills training under the ICDP.“We call these communities the ‘knife-edge’ communities because depending on what happens, they either fall forward or backward, so we identify these communities on the basis that investment was necessary that they fall forward. From what we saw, if government or state resources were not applied, they would have gone in the wrong direction.”The ICDP, which was launched in 2014, is expected to end in May 2021.Sustainability goalShunelle Nevers, senior social development officer at JSIF, told The Gleaner that, “JSIF does not stay in the communities. We come, do an intervention and then we leave. It’s very important that the parish council is adequately supported so they can take care of the infrastructure we’ve given. It’s really about sustainability.“In Clarendon alone, we have done a lot of infrastructural development so we need the parish council to be able to take on the infrastructure. This is about technical assistance and building their capacity, “ said Nevers.Homer Davis, minister of state in the Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development, described the initiatives as a successful partnership. He added that the investment will enhance the work of local authorities.“Today is a great reminder of the power of partnership in making good things possible. The project is a profound manifestation of partnership,” he said.Mayor of May Pen Winston Maragh said, “JSIF has been helping the parish of Clarendon for a number of years. We have gotten buildings and other infrastructure from the Jamaica Social Investment Fund and we continue to partner with them. “Maragh, also the councillor for the Rocky Point division, lauded JSIF for the construction of a market in the renowned fishing community.Donated equipment include desktop computers, drones, GIS handheld tablets and plotter for scanning and blueprints. 


    The Second Rural Economic Development Initiative (REDI II), a project of the Government of Jamaica being implemented by the Jamaica Social Investment Fund (JSIF), mandate is to enhance market access and climate resilience of micro, small and medium-sized agriculture and community tourism enterprises. The project will have a countrywide approach in areas with good potential growth.  REDI II seeks to enhance the production, service capacity and access to market of operators in agriculture and tourism. In the case of agriculture, it involves increasing vegetable crop production and productivity, livestock production, marketing, agro-processing and value-added production.  In the case of community tourism, it involves increasing the number of visitors to community tourism enterprises and diversifying the tourism product by adding more experiential offerings. Key Responsibilities

    • Provide information in the project areas on the modalities through which community tourism enterprises and local institutions can participate in the REDI II project. 
    • Participate in local workshops and liaise with agricultural organizations and local authorities to stimulate participation and the presentation of viable subprojects to the REDI II project. 
    • Conduct field visit appraisal of selected subproject Applications to develop the scope of sub-project interventions.
    • Assist with the mobilization of subproject applicants for the preparation of business plans by external entities. 
    • Assist the rural enterprises/subproject management financed by the REDI II project in the implementation of their subproject
      • Provide feedback to the Project Manager and/or Agribusiness/Tourism Business Consultant on subproject implementation progress, constraints and possibilities for subproject implementation improvements. 
      • Participate in the data collection for monitoring purposes.
      • Remain informed of the main tourism policy issues in his/her professional field through liaison with the local TPDCo officers, the private sector and academia.
      • Represent JSIF at workshops and events.
      • Prepare reports which include but not limited to appraisal reports and/or monthly reports.
  • JSIF-REDI ll ready to roll

    Friday, October 16, 2020
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    Friday, October 16, 2020 - 12:00pm
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    Following a successful launch and stakeholders’ sensitisation public forum of the Jamaica Social Investment Fund’s-Rural Economic Development Initiative 11 (JSIF-REDI ll) project, key partners have now joined forces to endorse the initiative as well as to encourage potential agricultural and tourism enterprises islandwide to respond to the Call For Business Proposals which is now open until Wednesday, November 25 at 4 p.m.The Call For Business Proposals will enable prospective applicants to be eligible for matching grant support to enhance the growth and development of their businesses.The Tourism Product Develop-ment Company (TPDCo), an agency of the Ministry of Tourism, is among the key partners which will be facilitating the distribution of application forms from their offices. According to Acting Executive Director Stephen Edwards, “The TPDCo welcomes the REDI II project and is prepared to assist community tourism enterprises in enhancing their offerings and building resilient businesses.APPLICATION FORMS“This will help to improve livelihoods and diversify our tourism product with authentic and sustainable enterprises. Interested community tourism enterprises are encouraged to capitalise on this lucrative opportunity. The REDI II application forms can be obtained from the TPDCo offices, at our head office in Kingston or our regional offices in Ocho Rios, Falmouth, Montego Bay, Negril and Mandeville.”The project is also targeting the agriculture sector, and the Rural Agricultural Development Authority will be the lead agency of the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries, which will be partnering with the JSIF to support potential groups within the various rural communities.“The Rural Agricultural Development Authority endorses the initiative for the Call For Business Proposals to all potential agricultural enterprises across Jamaica. This project is quite viable, as it provides a great opportunity for farmers to expand their production by building sustainable agro-businesses infrastructure. We therefore urge our farmers, including those practising climate-smart agriculture technologies, to take advantage of this venture,” Executive Director Peter Thompson urged.In clarifying the eligibility for targeted groups, the JSIF-REDI II Project Manager Kemeisha Batchan underscored the importance of the key criteria for applicants.“Some of the main criteria are as follows: applications must be submitted by an agriculture or tourism group that is organised with its management and governance structure, including having the requisite legal registration in place. Additionally, applications from private companies may be eligible for matching grant support under the project, if the project demonstrates strong collaboration between communities and the private company, such as value-added enterprises, aggregators (large purveyors) and tour operators.“Proof of five to 60 per cent counterpart cash contribution by way of bank statement, market demand is clearly identified and evidenced by a letter of intent and/or contracts, and group experience engaged in similar businesses; the project should also have the potential to enhance climate resilience and sufficient youth and women composition at 3o per cent and 40 per cent, respectively. Most important, if the project involves infrastructure development, the group should submit a copy of the land title or lease agreement.”The second JSIF-REDI II project is an initiative of the Government of Jamaica being implemented by JSIF and funded through a loan agreement by the World Bank for a period of five years.

  • Agriculture ministry partners with JSIF to increase crop production

    The Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries is partnering with the Jamaica Social Investment Fund (JSIF) to increase the production and productivity of crops and livestock, processing, value addition and marketing.
    Monday, September 28, 2020
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    Monday, September 28, 2020 - 12:00pm
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    KINGSTON, Jamaica— The Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries is partnering with the Jamaica Social Investment Fund (JSIF) to increase the production and productivity of crops and livestock, processing, value addition and marketing. According to the ministry, the partnership is part of phase II of the Rural Economic Development Initiative (REDI). Speaking recently at a virtual stakeholders' sensitisation forum, Director of Project Management and Coordination in the ministry, Leitha Geddes, said the project aligns with the ministry's focus of strengthening value chains as well as strengthening the linkages in the tourism sector between producers/ service providers and buyers.  “Through these linkages, we anticipate improved economies of scale for small agricultural and tourism enterprises as well as increased emphasis on climate change,” she said. Geddes added that this is relevant especially in these unprecedented times when there is a need to strengthen food security and to shore up income generation. She also lauded the work done under the first phase of REDI, which began in 2010, and was concluded in 2017. She noted that some $1billion was spent on agricultural and agro-industrial projects under that phase. “The project was also successful in expanding irrigation in rural communities through the establishment of rainwater harvesting and drip irrigation systems, which resulted in increased crop production among farmers in those areas,” the ministry noted.

  • Stakeholders take part in sensitization session for REDI II

    Agricultural Specialist at Jamaica Social Investment Fund (JSIF), Vincent Thompson (left), addresses the virtual stakeholder sensitisation session for the Rural Economic Development Initiative, Phase II (REDI II), held Wednesday (September 23). At right is Project Manager, REDI II, Kemeisha Batchan.
    Thursday, September 24, 2020
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    Thursday, September 24, 2020 - 12:00pm
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    The Jamaica Social Investment Fund (JSIF) hosted a virtual stakeholder sensitisation session for the Rural Economic Development Initiative, Phase II (REDI II) yesterday (September 23).REDI II, which aims to improve both the Agricultural and Tourism sectors, has as its overall objective to enhance access to markets and to build climate-resilient approaches for targeted beneficiaries.Building on the experience and results of the first phase of the project, this new phase of REDI will focus on strengthening value chains and developing tourism clusters, with an emphasis on the linkages between producers, service providers and buyers to improve economies for small agricultural and tourism enterprises.On November 14, 2019, the World Bank Board gave its approval for a US$40-million loan to fund the Second Phase of the REDI project.Subsequent to this approval, the Government of Jamaica and the World Bank signed the Project and Loan Agreements on March 3, 2020.In his address to the session, Managing Director at JSIF, Omar Sweeney, pointed to the effects that the coronavirus (COVID-19) has had on both the tourism and agricultural sectors.“These resources, as programmed by the Government of Jamaica, have been set aside and allowed to support the recovery and support the survival of critical micro, small and medium-sized enterprises at this critical moment,” he said.Some of the areas that REDI II will improve are agriculture and tourism linkages; it will optimise rural agricultural production; direct integration of youth into the sectors; enhance agricultural productivity; enhance business mentorship and coaching; public infrastructure investments; enhance marketing of community tourism enterprises; increase efficiency through the introduction of technology and innovation; increase employment specifically targeting youth (REDI I created 1,300 jobs); and diversify tourism offerings allowing for expenditure and earnings within rural communities.For his part, Agricultural Specialist at JSIF, Vincent Thompson, said the objective of REDI II is to enhance access to markets and to climate resilient approaches for targeted beneficiaries.He noted that REDI II will provide grants for eligible projects in two components, Climate Resilient Agricultural and Community Tourism Sub-projects/Enterprises – Matching grants; and Institutional Strengthening and Capacity Building of the Public Sector.Mr. Thompson explained that the objectives of component one include: finance competitively selected business plans for implementation via matching grants; promote the development of agriculture/community tourism enterprises that are better integrated in productive partnerships/alliance; operate more competitively in selected value chains, with more reliable linkages with buyers and markets; and increase capacity to manage climate risks.“Component one targets a total of 90 investment sub-projects … directly benefiting 200 rural enterprises with around 9,000 individual members, of which 40 per cent should be women and 30 per cent youth,” Mr. Thompson said.He informed that component one sub-projects are funded through matching grants for the implementation of competitively selected business plans; and five to 60 per cent counterpart cash contribution, depending on the total sub-project cost.Mr. Thompson said groups must be legally registered with the Department of Co-operatives and Friendly Societies (DCFS) or Companies Office of Jamaica, market demand must be identified and clearly defined, must have technical financial feasibility established, and have environment and social sustainability.To request funding for a project, applicants must complete the REDI II application form online or in hard copy and submit to JSIF.Application forms may be obtained at the JSIF office at 11 Oxford Road (Entrance on Norwood Avenue), Kingston 5; JSIF website at www.jsif.org; Rural Agricultural Development Authority (RADA) parish offices; Tourism Product Development Company (TPDCo) regional offices; and the Social Development Commission (SDC) parish offices.The call for proposal will be published on September 26 and 27 in both the Jamaica Observer and the Jamaica Gleaner.

  • JSIF to host virtual stakeholders sensitisation public forum

    Saturday, September 19, 2020
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    Saturday, September 19, 2020 - 12:00pm
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    KINGSTON, Jamaica — Stakeholders in the agriculture and tourism sectors are expected to participate in a virtual sensitisation forum to be hosted next week by the Jamaica Social Investment Fund (JSIF) under its Rural Economic Development Initiative II (REDI II).The forum is intended to expose entrepreneurs to the economic opportunities that exists in agriculture and tourism for entrepreneurs across Jamaica. It is scheduled for Wednesday, September 23 between 10:00 am and 12:00 noon.The main speakers will include representatives from JSIF, the Ministry of Tourism, and the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries.JSIF said live stream coverage will be facilitated on the Jamaica Information Service website as well as several social media platforms. In addition, excerpts of the forum will be aired live on Radio Jamaica 94 FM's Hotline programme between the hours of 10:10 am and 12:00 noon.The Rural Economic Development Initiative, phase II is funded by The World Bank under a loan agreement with the Government of Jamaica.

  • Application deadline extended for JSIF Enterprise Development Grant

    Tuesday, September 15, 2020
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    Tuesday, September 15, 2020 - 12:00pm
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    The deadline for submission of applications for the Jamaica Social Investment Fund (JSIF) Enterprise Development Grant has been extended to Friday, September 18, at 4:00 p.m.A grant of up to $400,000 is available to eligible entrepreneurs from the communities of Salt Spring and Anchovy in St. James; Treadlight in Clarendon, and August Town, Greenwich Town and Denham Town in Kingston and St. Andrew.The enterprise or business must be based in the community and be operational for at least two years prior to applying for the grant.Application forms and guidelines are available on JSIF’s website at www.jsif.org and should be submitted along with a proposal outlining how the grant will be used.Submissions may be made electronically to feedback@jsif.org or dropped off at JSIF’s office, located at 11 Oxford Road (Entrance on Norwood Avenue), Kingston 5.Hard-copy application forms and proposals are to be placed in a sealed envelope and labelled ‘ICDP II Enterprise Development Grant’.The grant programme is being implemented by JSIF under the second phase of the Integrated Community Development Project (ICDP), being funded by the Government of Jamaica.

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