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Jamaica to benefit from Inter-American Development Bank loan

Published:Friday | June 21, 2013 | 12:40 PM

Jamaica and five other CARICOM countries are to benefit from a US$1.1 million loan from the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) to bolster the gathering and processing of data on crime.



The Washington-based financial institution said the other beneficiaries are Barbados, The Bahamas, Trinidad and Tobago, Guyana and Suriname.



The IDB says the CARICOM countries will conduct victimisation surveys in an effort to improve the scope and depth of their crime statistics with the aim of securing better information to implement evidence-based policies that combat violence.



It said the programme will also determine where the data gaps are and, if needed, conduct additional surveys to fill these gaps.



The announcement came as top officials from the ministries of security and health, gathered for a two-day seminar in Washington, to discuss using data to design, implement and evaluate public policies on crime prevention.



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