Jamaica: Preparation Grant for Squatter Management and Low-Income Housing Policy Development and Program Implementation



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Proposal Focus
Core Focus
Secondary Cities
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Lesson Learned for Cities Alliance Members and Partners
Operational Intensive technical assistance is required to develop analytical and information systems for land and housing issues. The information and analytical systems currently in place (including housing surveys and inventory) are lacking; more analytical tools are needed. In the absence of the necessary analytical information, it is difficult to generate the information and formulate an accurate picture of the existing situation. Significant investment is needed in these systems. Institutional Institutional coordination and consensus building, among various actors with differing perspectives and goals is challenging.


The Government of Jamaica has prioritized issues of inner-city and urban upgrading as these pockets of dense urban and peri-urban settlements have become the flashpoints in the escalation of crime and violence, extreme poverty and social exclusion. This project will provide assistance for a preparation grant to design and develop a broader technical assistance program proposal for submission to the Cities Alliance.
The objectives of this preparation grant would be to undertake a rapid stocktaking of available information on informal settlements in Jamaica and to support the Government of Jamaica in conceptualizing and designing a process by which a comprehensive Squatter Policy and Program can be developed. The proposed preparation grant would support the first stage of a four-stage process outlined by the Government of Jamaica that involves: (i) stock-taking and proposal development;  (ii) detailed analytical work;  (iii) policy and program design;  (iv) program implementation.
1) Analysis of available data on squatter management and low-income housing issues (including scope of the squatting situation;  2) The policy, the legal and the fiscal challenges;  3) The housing demand and supply situation;  4) Assessment of the legal, regulatory and institutional frameworks governing squatter management, land management and the low-income housing sectors in Jamaica;  5) Assessment of public expenditure patterns on inner-city improvement, regularization and low-income housing;  6) Prepare TORs, a detailed Work Program and Action Plan for Stages 2-4.
Expected Impacts and Results
As a preparatory grant, the proposed activity does not aim to have broader impacts. The key measurable outcomes from the assignment will include an integrated analysis of the squatter situation, identification of key analytical gaps, TORs for subsequent phases of work and a comprehensive action plan for the development of the policy and program.