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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Migration

    In discourse about migration, the emphasis is normally placed on the receiving country. All countries who accept refugees or those seeking economic advancement have heated rhetoric about competing for jobs and resources with foreigners. Yet migration impacts the sending countries as well, in profound social and economic ways.

  • 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

  • Replicating Cuba's Model System

    Cuba’s system is efficient, with entire cities being evacuated in minutes in the face of impending disaster. Finding out how the Cubans accomplished this was simultaneously inspiring and intimidating. Their presentation demonstrated how much work is behind an effective risk management programme.

  • 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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