The Department for International Development (DFID) recently concluded its support of the Rose Town Foundation for the Built Environment’s (RTFBE) project to help hundreds of households formalize their tenure on lands they currently occupy. The initiative supported the acquisition of proof of ownership (land titles) by residents by over 80 residents. This has enabled them to regulate their connection to utility services as well as providing access home improvement resources.
Head of DFID Jamaica, Dr Daniel Arghiros said “UKAID is very pleased to work in partnership with the Prince of Wales Foundation and the Rose Town Foundation for the Built Environment on this project. It deals with one very important aspect of community development and reinvigoration; the acquisition of property titles. DFID has long had an interest in the regeneration of violent and volatile communities. We make the largest contribution to the government’s Citizen Security and Justice Programme, which tackles several issues such as community governance, crime prevention measures and socio economic opportunities.The Rose town project has been different in that it focused on one specific area,the lessons learned manual will be a useful tool for future programmes in the area of community renewal. As project funder, we know it has not been easy and it is clear that systems can be streamlined” .
The project was funding by a grant of over £90,000.