Programme Design

The purpose of the CRP is to contribute to the rejuvenation and further development of the most vulnerable and volatile communities in Jamaica and the reintegration of marginalized citizens in these communities into mainstream society. The Programme places emphasis on inclusive growth and equitable development by promoting economic and social well-being and enhanced quality of life for residents of these communities.

At the policy level, the intervention acts as a global strategic framework aimed at rationalizing strategies and social interventions in favour of vulnerable and volatile communities. The CRP relies on renewed strong political commitment, clear objectives, and committed stakeholders for its success. 

At the operational level, CRP is a platform for coordinating and enhancing the delivery of services in the 100 most volatile and vulnerable communities in five parishes (Kingston, St. Andrew, St. Catherine, Clarendon and St. James) that have experienced the highest murder rates over the last ten (10) years [1].

The Programme, which is based on the principle of harmonization through strong coordination, comprises the following six pillars:

  • Governance
  • Social Transformation
  • Safety and Justice
  • Physical Transformation
  • Socio-economic Development
  • Youth Development

The goal of the CRP is to ensure that “Citizens are empowered to live full and satisfied lives and have transformed their volatile and vulnerable communities into secure, cohesive, just, prosperous and healthy environments” (in accordance with the four Goals of Vision 2030 Jamaica – National Development Plan).

The attainment of this goal will be contingent on the realization of the following outcomes:

  • Communities are capacitated and participating in democratic processes
  • Improved social inclusion and cohesion  
  • Reduced vulnerability to abuse/victimization
  • Improved safety and justice within communities
  • Economic self-sufficiency among community members
  • Improved quality of the natural and built environment
  • Holistic development of children and youth

The programme utilizes empirical data to determine necessary interventions, promote social inclusion, identify best practices that can be scaled up for greater impact, enhance legitimate and participatory governance, and reduce crime and violence.