Poverty Reduction

Jamaica still struggles with a significant poverty problem, especially concentrated in rural areas where residents still have significantly less access to services such as running water and electricity, and unemployment is high. Although the island has made notable progress in poverty reduction and is ranked an upper middle-income country, recent global food, fuel and financial crises, and the high levels of national debt threaten to exacerbate Jamaica's economic difficulties and reverse the progress made thus far.

Our Goals

UNDP’s technical assistance includes strengthening fiscal and other public policies, such as developing processes towards more equitable and effective tax policy. UNDP has made significant contributions toward the development of a national statistical system and the development of indicators and targets for the National Development Plan, Vision 2030.more

A crowd passes by a vendor at a market in rural Jamaica. Higgling is a common profession among communities, where self-employment is often the only opportunity to earn a living. PHOTO CREDIT: Asrah Mohammed / UNDP Jamaica. more

Our Stories

PHOTO CREDIT: UNDP Jamaica.
"Getting a Start in Life.":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 themore 

PHOTO CREDIT: Laura Raccio/UNDP Jamaica [Mr. Howard Simpson, farmer from Lititz community, describing the function and the problems of the catchment tanks in Lititz, St. Elizabeth Parish, Jamaica. March 15, 2012.]
Water is Life : Empowering St. Elizabeth Farmers

The Lititz community in the south eastern plains of St. Elizabeth, Jamaica has a historical pattern of relatively low rainfall with an annual average of 1285mm.more 

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Projects and Initiatives

  • Support to the Metcalfe Project

    The Rural Youth Poverty Reduction Project will contribute to the reduction of rural youth unemploymen t by increasing the ability of youths to access sustainable livelihood options.more 

  • Support to the Metcalfe Project

    The Support to the Metcalfe Project works to provide at-risk youth with opportunities for education and empowerment through the Metcalfe Correctional Facility.more 

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