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4.1.4.A major recommendation of the STFC, therefore, is for a coalition of interests - the Government of Jamaica in partnership with civil society and other important stakeholders - to launch an innovative process of social and economic renewal for those communities that were established as garrisons.

4.2The Strategy

4.2.1.The STFC proposes a National Council for Community Transformation (NCCT).  Properly conceived and implemented, such a body could effectively coordinate efforts toward addressing some of the vexing economic and social problems that give rise to crime and violence, reconstruct the fractured relationship between Government and civil society and strengthen national capacity towards meeting the country’s obligations under the United Nations Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

4.2.2. As noted earlier, the MDGs commit Jamaica to achieving a set of minimum targets by 2015. Of particular interest to this Committee are targets relating to the following goals:

Demonstrate commitment to good governance, development and poverty reduction.

Achieve significant improvement in lives of slum dwellers.

Develop decent and productive work for youth.

4.2.3. Jamaica’s commitment to the MDGs is on a country basis. The STFC is however making a case for special focus to be given to the eight political constituencies identified in the political tribalism report as having garrison features. They are: Kingston, West; St. Andrew, South; St. Andrew, South West; Kingston, East and Port Royal; St. Andrew, West; St. Andrew, East Central; St. Catherine, Central; St. Catherine, East Central.

4.2.4. Connecting the fight against crime and violence to the MDGs and the wider efforts to reduce poverty, youth unemployment and inequality ensures high priority among policy makers; allocation of the necessary resources; support of the international development and philanthropic communities.

4.3NCCT-Proposed Functions

4.3.1. Working through existing national and grassroots organizations (NGOs and CBOs), the NCCT could serve to empower the affected communities, providing them with the technical and research capabilities for social policy intervention and for measuring and tracking outcomes; integrating the actions of the social partners;

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