USAID to Launch New Strategy in Jamaica

Fiscal 2009 funding will support programs and activities for the new country assistance strategy of the U.S. Agency for International Development in Jamaica, a USAID officer told Devex. The agency expects the funds to be available in May or June of this year.

The officer explained that in order to achieve greater impact, USAID intends to adopt a narrower and more focused approach in supporting selected priorities of the Jamaican government. The new strategy aims to address social and economic issues that contribute to the high level of violent crimes and vulnerability to transnational criminal activity.

USAID funding will support programs in health and education as well as economic growth and civil society. New partners are expected to be acquired in almost all procurements for these initiatives.

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