Social Programmes in Jamaica Not Working


Social Programmes in Jamaica Not Working

A report by the Caribbean Policy Research Institute (CAPRI) has featured that Jamaica burned through J$387 billion on fluctuating social mediation programs over a 10-year time span with no huge change in viciousness markers and no proof to recommend that they worked.

The report named ‘Testing, Testing: Challenges to Measuring Social Programmes for At-Risk Youth’  makes the general case that such projects in the island have a powerless observing and assessment component and have no pattern concentrates against which their prosperity can be judged.

The examination took a special look at 10 social projects focusing on at-risk youth between monetary years 2007-2008 and 2017-2018.

Talking at the dispatch of the report on May eighteenth, security master Professor Anthony Clayton from the University of the West Indies, Mona grounds, says the absence of results from the billions of dollars spent is a double-crossing to individuals the projects were intended to help. He added that the examination is a prosecution of these projects and a double-crossing to citizens who account for them.

“If you don’t have baseline data, you have no idea as to whether your intervention has had any effect or not. And this is a terrible indictment; it’s a betrayal of the taxpayers who finance this. But even worse, it’s a betrayal of … all the people who are still in poverty, who are still suffering from lack of opportunity, who are still suffering from violence, who should have benefitted and did not do so because of the money being misallocated,” he asserted,” he affirmed.

Educator Clayton said a significant number of the people engaged with these projects are not slanted to concede that the drives have not worked on the grounds that they “simply want to believe that their work is not in vain”. Additionally, he said it is clear that financial benefits are being gained through corruption and those running the program “do not want the money tap to be tied off”.

He contended that it is long past due that Jamaica carries some appropriate examination to this interaction and that an autonomous body accused of assessing each friendly intercession program is set up.

He further expressed that the projects that are not working ought to be undermined quickly and the cash ought to be redistributed to the projects that can truly have an effect on the existence of poor Jamaicans.