• This year USAID is celebrating 60 years of partnership with the Government and people of Jamaica as the leading premier international development agency in the country.

  • USAID delivers critical and tangible assistance, to help strengthen health systems so that partner countries like Jamaica will be better prepared to respond to global health crises.

  • USAID is working with targeted communities and stakeholders to address issues of common concern, including the prevention of youth crime and violence and to promote safety and security for all.

  • Assisting Jamaica in responding to hurricanes is not enough. USAID is also helping to strengthen the capacity of the Jamaican people so they are more resilient and prepared for the impacts of natural disasters and reduce the risks associated with them.

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Since Jamaica gained independence from the British in 1962, the country enjoyed significant development progress in its social, economic, and political history. The country attracts over one million travelers from the U.S. each year and is the U.S.’s third largest trading partner in the Caribbean.

Despite being a destination for tourists, Jamaica struggles with high levels of crime. Frequent natural disasters impact key sectors (such as tourism and agriculture) and threaten the development gains Jamaica has achieved since independence. HIV/AIDS remains at epidemic levels in Jamaica and is an obstacle to the region’s overall effort to achieve epidemic control. The global COVID-19 pandemic has affected Jamaicans health, strained the country’s health system, and battered its economy. 

USAID/Jamaica remains committed to supporting the country and people of Jamaica. USAID helps Jamaica capitalize upon its advanced levels of commitment and capacity to address outstanding development challenges that impede further progress.  Areas of focus include: Citizen Security, Disaster Risk Reduction, HIV/AIDS and the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).

USAID has strategically chosen to invest in these sectors based on their potential compound effects. To achieve its goal, USAID will employ new models of partnership with Jamaica that leverage greater private sector and Government of Jamaica (GoJ) engagement, mobilize domestic resources, and build upon locally led initiatives. USAID will also identify and support opportunities for Jamaica to share its best practices with other Caribbean countries–thereby furthering Jamaica’s ability to play a greater leadership role within the region.

Contact Information

Mission Contact

Jason Fraser, Country Representative
142 Old Hope Road
Kingston 6

USAID Contact

Janiere Pereira
, DC 

Last updated: September 20, 2022

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