JPS Plans for Heightened Effectiveness in Community Renewal Programme – Collaborating with Key Agencies to Impact Communities
Dr. Kadamawe Knife of the University of the West Indies, shares on community intervention and social enterprise at the recently held, "Best Practices for Community Renewal Symposium." The symposium was geared toward highlighting the most effective methodologies for community intervention, in situations where residents experience significant socio-economic challenges.
JPS is now planning for heightened effectiveness in its community renewal programme for 2017, as a result of collaboration with key agencies, which was facilitated at its recently held symposium on the “Best Practices for Community Renewal.” The Symposium was held in association with the Planning Institute of Jamaica, National Housing Trust and the Social Development Commission. Through the collective partnership of those agencies, JPS will seek to further empower residents in select urban centres, who experience ongoing challenges in maintaining regularized electricity supply.
A section of the audience at the recently held “Best Practices for Community Renewal Symposium,” at the Knutsford Court Hotel in Kingston. The symposium was a collaboration between JPS, the Planning Institute of Jamaica, the National Housing Trust and the Social Development Commission. The organizations came together to share on the best practices to effect long term empowerment for residents in some urban centres.
The Symposium was designed to assist team members across the collaborating organizations, to accurately assess community needs, involve the community in arriving at solutions and effect sustainable change.
The audience was addressed by a number of speakers and panellists, including the noted Dr. Kadamawe Knife of the University of the West Indies and Miguel Williams, Civil Society Specialist, who each spoke on social enterprise and its long term value for the community. The group was also addressed by Andre McCarthy of the Social Development Commission, who outlined the critical elements of community entry and mobilization. Karlene Buzzar of the Citizen Security and Justice Programme in the Ministry of National Security, also impacted the discussion with demonstrated evidence of effective techniques in community intervention.
Dr. Kadamawe Knife of the University of the West Indies, shares on community intervention and social enterprise at the recently held, “Best Practices for Community Renewal Symposium.” The symposium was geared toward highlighting the most effective methodologies for community intervention, in situations where residents experience significant socio-economic challenges.
Of particular importance, was the emphasis on sustainable intervention, which creates lasting and meaningful change, as opposed to surface approaches and quick fixes which have temporary impact.
JPS has undertaken community renewal as a significant part of its programme to expand the regularization of electricity usage- and has created and operated a Department solely for this purpose, over the last two years. During the period, the Company has used this arm to stage Community Wellness Fairs, a Career Expo, and undertake house wiring, among other initiatives.