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Puente in Jamaica. Progress Report. Introduction & Background. Jamaica is active member of REDLAC Honourary Member of Coordinating Committee since 2005 Fifth Annual Conference hosted in 1998 Regional workshop hosted in 2003 Formal introduction to Chile’s Puente Programme.

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puente in jamaica

Puente in Jamaica

Progress Report

introduction background
Introduction & Background
  • Jamaica is active member of REDLAC
  • Honourary Member of Coordinating Committee since 2005
  • Fifth Annual Conference hosted in 1998
  • Regional workshop hosted in 2003
  • Formal introduction to Chile’s Puente Programme
introduction background3
Introduction & Background
  • OAS informed in 2007 that Jamaica was one of 3 English-speaking Caribbean countries to pilot the transfer of Puente methodologies
  • Jamaica Regional launch and workshop in June 2007
  • Jamaica participated in 2-week internship in Chile in November 2007
introduction background4
Introduction & Background
  • OAS invaluable partner to REDLAC
  • Funding secured from CIDA to facilitate transfer of social protection mechanism
  • Jamaica fully committed to the programme and grateful for its inclusion
status of puente in jamaica
Status of Puente in Jamaica
  • Renamed Bridge Jamaica Programme, in keeping with cultural context
  • Potential for inter institutional cooperation
objectives of bridge jamaica
Objectives of Bridge Jamaica
  • To provide integral psychosocial support to 96 families
  • To ensure that families live in dignity
programme design
Programme Design
  • Sub component of Inner City Basic Services Project public safety component
    • US$29.3 intervention to improve lives of inner city dwellers
    • World Bank funded
    • Improvements to physical infrastructure, public safety complemented by social interventions
programme design8
Programme Design
  • Two phases: 50 then 46 households
  • Ratio: 1 family support counsellor to 32 households
  • 24 months for implementation
collaboration jsif and the state
Collaboration JSIF and the State
  • Ministry of Labour & Social Security responsiblities:
    • Supplying contact information for beneficiaries
    • Assessing potential beneficiaries for enrolment
    • Supervising social workers
    • Providing administrative support to social workers
    • Monthly reporting
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Collaboration JSIF and the State
  • JSIF responsible for:
    • Signing family contracts
    • Identifying prospective beneficiary households
    • Establish and maintain link with government and non government agencies
    • Coordinate and conduct training for beneficiaries
    • Contract social workers
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Collaboration JSIF and the State
  • Both JSIF and the MLSS responsible for:
    • Delineating the pillars of the bridge as outlined project documents
    • Integrating resources
    • Develop operations manual
    • Develop materials and products
    • Coordination of requirements of both programmes
    • Monitoring and evaluation of outputs
social protection network
Social Protection Network
  • Access the most vulnerable
  • Lessen effects of targeting errors
  • Reduce cost of implementation
  • More integrated approach to social programming
  • Wider social support and impact
role of pioj
Role of PIOJ
  • Planning Institute of Jamaica will supervise implementation of the project
staff assignment training
Staff Assignment & Training
  • May 2008 technical visit and supervision:
    • 20 persons trained in the specifics of the programme
    • 6 prospective family support counsellors trained
project materials tools
Project Materials & Tools
  • Operations Manual drafted
  • Family Workbooks drafted
  • Family Support Counsellor Workbook drafted
  • Family contracts translated
  • Monitoring and evaluation framework drafted
  • Major challenge is to avoid duplication with other similar programmes
next steps
Next Steps
  • Staff assignment
  • Contract family counsellors
  • Identify project coordinator
  • Follow up training for staff
  • Communication/Visibility campaign
  • Formalize agreement for social protection network
  • Finalize project material
  • Interview and registration of families
  • Official launch
  • Contract social anthropologist