Phase III of CSJP gets US$55m

Monday, December 15, 2014

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THE loan contract and non-reimbursable financing agreements for Phase Three of the Citizen Security and Justice Programme (CSJP), valued at US$55 million, was recently signed.


This phase will promote a culture change that facilitates community governance and a more peaceful co-existence, through activities that build knowledge and opportunities.


Speaking at the signing ceremony, held at the Ministry of Finance and Planning last Thursday, Minister of National Security Peter Bunting said crime control efforts alone are not sufficient to address crime and violence.


"Although Jamaica has pioneered citizen security and justice programmes in the hemisphere, there is a deeper understanding for multiple causal crimes, as a result, a multi-disciplinary and sectoral approach is required," the minister said.


He highlighted the Unite for Change campaign, launched over a year ago, which also forms part of the thrust to utilise a multi-sectoral and disciplinary approach to crime fighting.


Also speaking at the signing ceremony was High Commissioner of Canada in Jamaica Robert Ready who informed that the Canadian government will provide a total of CAD$20 million in grant, over the five-year period for CSJP III.


"This investment in CSJP III complements Canada's ongoing Justice Undertakings for Social Transformation project, which is helping Jamaica to implement its ambitious Justice Sector Reform programme, aimed at helping the country with its national goal of achieving a more secure and just society," Ready said.


He noted that his country is very pleased to be working with other partners such as the Inter-American Development Bank and the United Kingdom (UK).


Grants from the British Government amount to £10 million for the duration of CSJP III.


British High Commissioner David Fitton praised the performance of CSJP and affirmed his government's commitment to work with Jamaica to tackle crime.


"This phase will have challenges, but we want to work with you... to tackle those challenges and finding ways to overcome them and making the programme more productive," the High Commissioner said.


The documents were signed by the Government and the IDB in its capacity as administrator of a contribution by the Government of the UK and Northern Ireland, represented by the Department for International Development (DFID) and the Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development of Canada.


The funding of CSJP III will provide community members, including schoolchildren and at-risk youth, with critical training in conflict resolution, healthy parenting, and more appropriate social skills. It will support communities to implement safety plans, promote positive citizen-police relations, and ensure government services are better coordinated at the local level.


CSJP III will make job skills and entrepreneurship training more accessible for vulnerable groups, particularly at-risk youth and women. It will also provide citizens with better access to justice through victim support services, dispute resolution, child diversion and public education on justice-related rights and services.


The CSJP sought to contribute to the reduction in serious crimes and violence initially in nine high-crime communities in the Kingston Metropolitan Region by financing strategic preventive interventions, in order to address individual, family and community risk factors which had been identified.


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