Our Stories

  • Powered By The Sun
    Dec 22, 2017

    Challenged by high electricity light bills caused by illegal connections to their power supply, the St Andrew Settlement in an innercity Kingston neighbourhood sought help from the UNDP-implemented GEF Small Grants Programme. They turned to the sun for their supply, implementing a solar energy system and training programme which has reduced their carbon footprint, lessened their bills and changed lives.

  • New life flows into Northern Clarendon communities
    May 23, 2017

    For 50 years, residents of communities near Crooked River in the hills of Clarendon could only collect water with buckets. Today, a water harvesting system has resuscitated ailing farms and businesses and brought in new construction as well as new neighbours.

  • Gender Equality Seal gaining support among private sector companies in Jamaica
    Nov 29, 2016

    Jamaica is on target to become the first country in the English speaking Caribbean to pilot the globally recognized Gender Equality Seal certification programme, following positive feedback from several local enterprises at a special introductory session on November 29.

  • Alternative Energy Lights the Way in Majesty Gardens
    Apr 14, 2016

    Residents of Majesty Gardens in Kingston applauded as a group of young people from the community put on a humorous dramatic piece about the need for energy conservation and the benefits of becoming legally registered with the electricity supply company at a special community function on 13 April 2016.

  • Coping with Climate Change

    Jamaica suffers huge economic losses as a result of the environmental effects of climate change. More severe hurricanes, increased flooding, harsher periods of drought have left many agricultural workers unable to cope, and each year the cost in lives and infrastructural damage rises.

  • Start Those Preparations Now!! - Seismic Forum 2014

    The forum saw experts from Haiti, Japan, Dominican Republic, Mexico, Chile, and several government and non-government agencies in Jamaica, as well as the private sector, sharing experiences, challenges and best practices for seismic risk reduction and building national resilience.

  • Climate Change Learning Conference - July 2014

    The Climate Change Learning Conference scheduled for July 2014 at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel focuses on the Business Case for Climate Change.

  • The Rural Youth Employment Program

    Williams is one of a group of youngsters benefitting from the Rural Youth Employment Project (RUYE), an initiative launched by the Scientific Research Council and the Planning Institute of Jamaica, backed by USAID and the UNDP. The island’s poverty rates are particularly high in rural areas; around 71% of the nation’s poor live and work outside urban centres.

  • The Boys of Metcalfe Street Centre

    The UNDP and USAID agreed to fund a multimillion dollar intervention programme designed to provide the boys of Metcalfe Street Centre with emotional and educational support, conflict resolution, psychological support, education up to CSEC level and training in basic skills

  • Rebuilding Better: Recovering from Hurricane Sandy

    In an effort to guide early recovery from Hurricane Sandy, UNDP launched the Hurricane Sandy Recovery Project, which is built around the need to provide coordinated and evidence based recovery to the hardest hit areas in the eastern parishes (administrative regions).

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