Jamaica Social Investment Fund
The Jamaica Social Investment Fund (JSIF) is a limited liability company incorporated under The Company’s Act of Jamaica. It was established in 1996 as a component of the Government of Jamaica’s (GoJ's) national poverty alleviation strategy. The Fund was designed primarily to channel resources to small-scale community based projects. This is done with the use of an Operations Manual that acts as a guide to ensure transparency, accountability and efficiency in project implementation.
The operations of JSIF were initially funded by a loan negotiated between the GoJ and the World Bank. Though the Fund was initially established as a temporary organization with a initial lifespan of four (4) years, it has been in operation for over 14 years.
JSIF mobilizes resources and channels these to community-based socio-economic projects including infrastructure development and social services . Critical infrastructure which benefits entire communities such as roads, basic schools, health and community centres are pursued.
Through a national partnership between central and local government, communities and private and public organizations, JSIF addresses the immediate demands of communities in a manner that aims to be quick, efficient, effective, transparent and non-partisan.