About UNDP in Jamaica

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UNDP started its operations in Jamaica in January 1976 with the signing of the UNDP-Government of Jamaica Standard Basic Assistance Agreement. Since then, UNDP has worked with local partners to support various projects in the island. These projects have been a part of UNDP's multi-year Country Programmes which have assisted Jamaica in a number of areas including: the Environment and Natural Resources Management, Energy, Disaster Risk Reduction and Management, Democratic Governance, Security and Justice, Poverty Reduction and Youth Employment.

Our Work

Sustainable Development: UNDP helps Jamaica to simultaneously reduce poverty and achieve sustainable development that leads to transformational change, bringing about real improvements in people’s lives. This includes supporting countries' efforts to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals

Democratic Governance: UNDP seeks to deepen democracy by strengthening national and local capacity for increasing community safety and access to justice with due regard for the human rights of vulnerable groups. National security will be strengthened to ensure citizens’ security and protect their human rights. Effective, responsive, accessible and fair justice systems will promote the rule of law, with due regard for the rights of the poor, women and vulnerable groups.

Climate and Disaster Resilience: By creating an enabling environment for better management of natural resources, disaster risk preparedness and climate change adaptation, as well as improving energy security. UNDP is working with key state and non-state actors to strengthen the policy and institutional framework with the aim of better managing resources, including parks and protected areas, and building resilience to reduce vulnerability to natural disasters and climate change impacts. The programme also works towards enhancing energy conservation and efficiency.

Gender as a Cross Cutting Issue: Gender and human rights are cross cutting issues in UNDP's work. UNDP focuses on gender equality and women's empowerment not only as human rights but also because they are a pathway to achieving sustainable development. As such, UNDP coordinates efforts to integrate gender equality and women's empowerment into sustainable development, democratic governance, and climate and disaster resilience Our goal is to ensure that women have a real voice in all governance institutions, as well as in the private sector and civil society, so they can participate equally with men in public dialogue and decision making.


Our Services

UNDP empowers countries to develop policies, leadership skills, partnering abilities, institutional capabilities and build resilience in order to sustain development results. UNDP supports countries' efforts to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals, which will guide global development priorities until 2030.

UNDP has identified key areas of support that may be provided within the framework of UNDP's mandate and its strategic plan to produce transformative results, accelerate delivery of social services and improve efficiencies in delivery and implementation. Our services include:

I.     Support to delivery:

  • Task based capacity diagnostics
  • Strategic planning
  • Strategic sourcing and procurement support
  • Tailored support for improved fiduciary management


II.    Advocacy and expert advice:

  • Facilitation of stakeholders’ engagement
  • Local-National link and synergies
  • Support to national policies and project implementation
  • Technical support
  • Public-private partnerships (PPP)


III.    Capacity Development and Knowledge Management:

  • Leadership development
  • South-south cooperation and knowledge management
  • Training (formal / on the job)
  • Incentives systems

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