A project must also be proposed by a community-based group, either on its own or in partnership with NGOs, service clubs, private sector or local government entities (JSIF 2006: 20).
The in-kind contribution of 25 percent of total cost has been encouraged and adopted as best practice among the funding agencies (normally the IDP), the JSIF which is the government's representative agency of poverty reduction that coordinates the entire financing and implementation on behalf of government, and the community, (normally through a community-based organisation, which has been transformed into a benevolent society or association).
Community Based Contracting where the intermediating central agency--the JSIF, the IPD and the Community sign a formal agreement of cooperation to use the assets and skills of the hybridised legal entity--the Benevolent Society to achieve project objectives.
Much of the poverty in the rural areas have been due to the lack of infrastructural services, hence the majority of the European Union's Poverty Reduction Programme One, which was implemented through the instrumentalities of JSIF, were directed at resolving some of the infrastructural gaps.
The entire list of projects has been periodically published by JSIF on their website (www.jsif.org).
In analyzing the benevolent societies based on information garnered, especially the JSIF's Group Status Report of 2005, it was noted that 56 projects, built around community groups and benevolent societies had been attempted between 2004 and 2005.
The Government of Jamaica has secured financial assistance from the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) to strengthen the capacity of the Jamaica Social Investment Fund (JSIF
), to improve the living conditions in poor communities.
The Jamaican Government has signed a US$14 million loan agreement with the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) to help fund Jamaica Social Investment Fund (JSIF
) projects over a three-year period, reports CANA (April 8, 2000).