The Planning Institute of Jamaica (PIOJ) and the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation (MEGJC) today (March 21) launched the National Poverty Reduction Programme (NPRP) in Kingston with the objective of providing an accountability framework for national efforts to reduce poverty in Jamaica.
While addressing extreme poverty and basic needs, the NPRP will seek to empower persons through the strengthening of economic livelihoods, human capital development, and addressing psychosocial, cultural and normative factors that influence poverty. The national programme will also seek to strengthen basic rural and urban community infrastructure and accelerate coordination and capacity building among service providers.
The Poverty Reduction Coordinating Unit in the PIOJ will provide an accountability framework to the government, demonstrating where poverty reduction efforts can be more effectively harmonized across ministries, departments and agencies, and partners in NGOs, the private sector and with international development partners.
The PIOJ has convened a multi-sectoral committee — National Poverty Reduction Programme Committee (NPRPC) whose membership includes government and non-government entities that are implementing key programmes. Guided by the strategies in the National Policy on Poverty, and also the medium-term National Poverty Reduction Programme document, it is anticipated that the NPRPC will drive the implementation, monitoring and evaluation of this national programme.
Director General of the PIOJ, Dr Wayne Henry, said that the actions under the NPRP are also being monitored under Vision 2030 Jamaica Medium Term Socio-Economic Framework and will contribute to Jamaica’s overall advancements towards the global 2030 Agenda and Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Dr Henry further noted that the PIOJ will continue to monitor external factors, such as the global economic environment and climate change, which could have a real impact on the economy and may affect the outcomes of the National Poverty Reduction Programme.
The National Policy on Poverty and National Poverty Reduction Programme (NPP/NPRP) were approved and tabled in Parliament in September 2017. They were developed using data and research; insights from stakeholders on lessons learned locally; and also regional and international best practices on poverty reduction and socio-economic development.
The NPP/NPRP are linked to existing policies and strategies of the government and aligned to overarching policy frameworks including:
• Vision 2030 Jamaica – National Development Plan
• The Jamaica Social Protection Strategy, 2014
• The United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
Contact: Gwyneth Davidson (Communication Specialist)
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