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Fifty-four (54) projects from sixteen (16) countries were selected for funding with Jamaica being selected for funding for three (3) such projects. UNDP Jamaica Country Office is monitoring them. The three EC-UN JM&DI projects address the following:
1. Mitigating the negative impact of migration on families in Jamaica. It has been identified that many children are left without a main provider due to migration, hence lacking the appropriate care and supervision needed. The project focuses on assisting households with this problem in inner city communities.
2. Building the capacities of deported migrants to contribute to their socio-economic development through skills training, as well as the protection of the children of deported migrants and those incarcerated overseas.
3. Connecting Jamaica and its Diaspora. This project is being implemented by Mona School of Business (MSB), UWI, Mona through the Jamaica Diaspora Institute (Jamaica) in partnership with the Jamaican Diaspora UK through KAJANS Women's Enterprise.
As part of the latter project, the Web Portal which was launched in London, 22 September 2010 at the Jamaican High Commission, received the endorsement and support of Jamaica's High Commissioner for the UK, His Excellency Anthony Johnson. Professor Neville Ying, Executive Director of the Jamaica Diaspora Institute at the The Mona School of Business (MSB), University of the West Indies and Project Coordinator of "Knowledge Networks for Connecting Jamaica and its Diaspora", opened the launch by highlighting the model character of the project, saying: "The activities of the project focus on the Jamaican Diaspora in the United Kingdom (U.K.). However, the aim is to develop models and methodologies that can be replicated in other Diaspora locations, such as the United States of America (U.S.A.) and Canada. The web portal being will provide a model for web portals for other Diaspora locations. This project and in particular the web portal is expected to perform an important role in Creating Sustainable People Networks and interest groups in the Diaspora and promoting sustained engagement between Jamaica and its Diaspora."
(Jamaican Diaspora Web Portal Launch 22/09/2010)
Information Source: http://www.migration4development.org/newsletters/copnews.dec10.html
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