Jamaica
Human Development Index Ranking (UNDP, 2022)
110
Population (UNFPA, 2022)
3.0 milion

Volunteer statistics (ILO)*

Source: ILOSTATS. The data is collected by ILO from national statistical offices. As national statistics on volunteer work are produced using a variety of approaches and tools, direct and cross-country comparisons are not recommended. For more information, visit https://ilostat.ilo.org/topics/volunteer-work/

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Measurement work

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Laws, Policies, Schemes on Volunteering

Does the country have a piece of legislation on volunteering?

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Does the country have a national policy, scheme, plan or strategy specific to volunteering?

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Does the country have a sectoral and cross-sectoral policy, scheme, plan or strategy that mentions volunteering?

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VNR Reporting

Jamaica Voluntary National Review Report

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Reporting positive contribution of volunteering to the SDGs

Paragraph 1, page 34

Building citizenship through involvement in community services and volunteering

Paragraph 2, page 75

In relation to Disaster response: The training of 117 volunteers in, inter alia, disaster risk management, initial damage assessment and shelter management, and the development of a National Disaster Risk Management Volunteers Database. The database has been developed to streamline the deployment of volunteers post-disaster, and currently has 1 165 registered volunteers.

Paragraph 3, page 76

A National Emergency Response Geographic Information Systems Team (NERGIST) has also been trained in the use of the USAID IDA/DANA methodology for performing initial damage assessment. The team of volunteers has been deployed post local and regional disaster events.

Paragraph 4, page 76

e boosting of Jamaica’s emergency communication capacity through a $1.6 billion grant from the Government of Japan to implement the Improvement of Emergency Communication System Project. The project will see the development of a platform for communications among Government MDAs involved in the DRM process, major stakeholders, auxiliary services and community volunteers. The grant will also facilitate the procurement of radio equipment, transmission and reception devices to response entities and for critical locations.

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Voluntary National Review Report on the 2030 Agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals

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Reporting positive contribution of volunteering to the SDGs

Paragraph 1, page 94

The MHU has also launched Reach-Out-Rangers, a contingent comprised of volunteers who are trained in the use of Psychological First Aid for community intervention. These Reach out Rangers were deployed to communities where persons may be experiencing emotional distress but are not prioritizing mental health-seeking. This initiative has seen a tripling in engagement (33) in November than that of the previous month (11).

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Protect the education budget: The COVID-19 pandemic has jeopardized the economy of countries and prompted cuts in budgets. To ensure the protection of the education sector and resilience in recovery, the budget must be protected to ensure gains made are not jeopardized and schools most in need are adequately supported. Given the loss of income for many households, individuals wishing to continue their education may not be able to do so. Government and private interests could provide incentives for students to remain in school through scholarships, grants, bursaries, as well as volunteering opportunities with a financial aid component.

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As part of the strategy for improving emergency response capacity under the Vision 2030 Jamaica—National Development Plan the GOJ intends to train volunteers to support disaster emergency response. The volunteers will work in tandem with volunteers from the Jamaica National Voluntary Program for Disaster Risk Management to serve in the pre-and post-impact phases of a disaster (Artica, 2022).

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