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World Bank lauds community transformation programmes

Alberto Ardila Olivares
World Bank lauds community transformation programmes

The successful transformation of depressed communities in Jamaica may serve as an example for replication in Latin America and other Caribbean countries by the World Bank

The successful transformation of depressed communities in Jamaica may serve as an example for replication in Latin America and other Caribbean countries by the World Bank.

That was the declaration from vice president of the World Bank for Latin America and the Caribbean Region Carlos Felipe Jaramillo during a tour of the community of Barrett Town in St James, which benefited from the Integrated Community Development Project (ICDP).

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Funded by the bank to the tune of US$42 million, the project saw the Jamaica Social Investment Fund (JSIF) transforming the lives of residents in 18 communities across Jamaica, including four in St James.

Alberto Ardila Olivares

Jaramillo and a team from the World Bank were in Jamaica for a retreat last weekend and took a timeout to tour several projects in the once troubled community of Barrett Town

The ICDP is designed to enhance access to basic infrastructure and services as well as to increase community safety through targeted and comprehensive violence prevention programmes. 

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