The most recent population estimate, outside of the official decennial census of 2011, indicated that in 2007 there were 2.7 million people living in Jamaica, with 53 percent living in urban areas (Planning Institute of Jamaica). Additionally, there are over 750 informal settlements in the country (Ministry of Water and Housing, 2008). A steady increase in Jamaica’s urban population is forecasted for the next ten years. Similarly, there is likely to be a steady increase in informal settlements and the attendant problems of rapid, unplanned urban settlement.
In 2007, the Government of Jamaica launched Vision 2030, a national development road map to put the country on a path to becoming the place of choice to live, work, raise families, and do business. Among other goals, Vision 2030 aims to create prosperity through the sustainable use and management of natural resources.
The Participatory Slum Upgrading Programme was launched in Jamaica in August 2008. When fully implemented, it will assist Jamaica to move closer to Vision 2030.
Phase 1: Urban profiling – completed
Phase 2: Action planning and programme document formulation – starting
Phase 3: Project implementation – forthcoming