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Jamaica

  • Peace and Justice - USAID/Jamaica Is Supporting Safer Communities.

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  • Gender Equality - USAID Jamaica Is Promoting Equal Opportunities For All Jamaicans

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  • Reduced Inequalities - USAID/Jamaica Is Promoting The Abilities Of All Jamaicans.

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  • Good Health and Safe Practices - USAID/Jamaica Supports Enabling Environments For Jamaican's To Access HIV/AIDS Health Care.

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  • Workforce Development - USAID/Jamaica Supports Training In Technical And Life-Skills.

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  • Climate Change - USAID/Jamaica Is Working To Boost Climate Smart Activities In Jamaica.

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  • Quality Education - USAID/Jamaica Has Impacted More Than One Million Jamaican Youth.

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About Jamaica

Since Jamaica gained independence from the British in 1962, the country enjoyed significant development progress in its social, economic, and political history. However over the years the country has been challenged by a persistent fiscal deficit and heavy indebtedness. These challenges are also exacerbated by the current global economic crisis.

Jamaica also battles with high rates of unemployment, crime, and corruption which are some of the key factors impeding the country’s competitiveness in the international market. Frequent natural disasters impact key sectors such as tourism and agriculture; Jamaica attracts over one million travelers from the U.S. each year and is the U.S.’s third largest trading partner in the Caribbean.

Over the last five years, the U.S. has also accounted for the largest share of foreign direct investment in the country. Hence, the country’s political, economic, and social conditions directly affect U.S. national interests.

In an effort to address these challenges in 2009 Jamaica embarked on its first long-term strategic plan, Vision 2030 Jamaica. This National Development Plan is a multi-sectoral approach to making Jamaica “the place of choice to live, work, do business, and raise families” (Vision 2030 Jamaica).

USAID/Jamaica remains committed to supporting the country and people of Jamaica since its establishment in 1962. The Mission has established a track record for promoting community safety and security; widening access to quality basic education; and increasing resiliency of targeted sectors to global climate change.

USAID/Jamaica will continue to serve as a leader in development initiatives within the Caribbean region and help address Jamaica's main challenges. Emphasis will be placed on an integrated approach and will focus on three areas where there is a comparative advantage and will have a strong developmental impact:

  1. Improving resilience and sustainability of targeted livelihoods and ecosystems;
  2. Reducing violence in target communities and;
  3. Reducing the prevalence of HIV in target populations.

Last updated: April 25, 2016

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Contact Information

Mission Contact

Denise Herbol, Mission Director
USAID/Jamaica
142 Old Hope Road
Kingston 6
Jamaica
Phone 
876-702-6444
Fax 
876-702-6385

USAID Contact

Jayanthi Narain
Washington
, DC