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US$42m social project approved by World Bank

Published:Tuesday | March 18, 2014 | 1:26 PM

The World Bank has approved a US$42 million project aimed at improving services, basic infrastructure and targeted crime and violence interventions in 18 vulnerable inner-city communities in Jamaica.



The financial institutions says more than 80,000 Jamaicans will benefit from the integrated community development project.



It says the new project is a continuation of the partnership between the Jamaican government and the World Bank on upgrading some of the country’s most vulnerable and volatile communities.



World Bank country director for the Caribbean Sophie Sirtaine says the project aims to foster a more inclusive society in Jamaica by improving the quality of life of marginalised city dwellers.



She says it also aims to prevent crime and violence by engaging youth in public safety initiatives and providing them with job skills training.



As a result of the funding, Sirtaine says more than 50,000 people will benefit from improved solid waste management services, street lighting, paved roads and drainage.



She says residents in the 18 communities would feel safer and that 1,200 families will have their piped water connection repaired and 4,500 residents receiving educational and skills training.



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