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-scaled 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 the 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 an initial lifespan of four (4) years,
it has been in operation for over 10
years and presently has agreements that will continue until 2013.
JSIF is governed by an eleven-member Board of Directors drawn from
a wide cross-section of the Jamaican society. Directors are appointed for a renewable two-year term.
The Board meets once per month and has overall responsibility for approving annual budgets,
sub-projects and related contracts. The Board is chaired by the Director General of the Planning
Institute of Jamaica (PIOJ) Dr. Wesley Hughes, C.D., and the Managing Director of JSIF, Mrs. Scarlette Gillings,
C.D., is an ex-officio member.
The work of the Board is facilitated by sub-committees that meet regularly to review specific
portfolios and make recommendations to the Board. These sub-committees are: Projects; Finance and Audit; and
Procurement and Contracts.