Fight for Peace in Jamaica 

Background and summary

The Fight for Peace programme in Jamaica 2016 – 2018 will bring together a network of community based organisations and multi-sector stakeholders to collaborate on youth violence reduction programming in key hot spot communities. The programme will use a collective impact approach to deliver at scale the Fight For Peace (FFP) Five Pillar Methodology.

FFP has been active in Jamaica since 2014 when 11 partners were selected to take part in the Global Alumni Programme (GAP). The partners were selected based on their access to young people involved in or affected by violence, their commitment to adapt the FFP sport for development model for the Jamaican context, and their willingness to collaborate to increase their effectiveness and sustainability. All partners were trained in the FFP methodology at the FFP Academy in Rio and have undergone a year of capacity building consultancy. These organisations have maintained contact as The FFP Jamaica Alliance and piloted collaborative activities across their programmes.

The 11 Alliance partners are: The Jamaica Defence Force, the Jamaica Boxing Board of Control, RISE Life Management, YUTE, Children First, the Peace Management Initiative, Boys Town, Joy Town, Fletchers Land, Capoeira Alafia and Breds Treasure Beach Foundation.

With the opening of the Fight for Peace office in Kingston, the Alliance partners now represent the inaugural members of the collective impact approach. All work going forward will be designed around the five core elements of the Collective Impact model: 1) A Shared Agenda, 2) Shared Theory of Change, 3) Shared Metrics, 4) Continuous Communication, 5) A Backbone Organisation.

Over the next three years a series of projects will designed using this framework, based on the FFP Five Pillars, and involving more partners from across sectors over time. Each new project and partner will be integrated into the overall programme, and serve to extend the scale, depth and variety of activities offered to young people.

Shared Agenda

All partnerships and activities developed within the FFP programme in Jamaica are aligned to a shared agenda: Progress and Peace: better outcomes for young people; reduced youth violence in highly disadvantaged neighbourhoods.

Shared Theory of Change

All partnerships and activities developed within this programme will be based on the theory that changes in a young person’s behaviour, choices and situation are dependent on how they see themselves, how they relate to others, and how they see their future.

Shared Metrics

Five metrics have been selected to align all activities and partners within the programme with the Shared Agenda. These metrics will be tracked over the life of the programme, to help all partners and stakeholders understand whether the activities are achieving better outcomes for young people and reduced youth violence in highly disadvantaged neighbourhoods. Individual projects and partners will provide data that helps FFP to understand the collective impact of the programme against these metrics. Where possible and / or necessary partners will all receive access to and training in a shared MEL system (Upshot) provided by FFP. The shared metrics are:

  1. of participants who demonstrate positive personal development
  2. participants who successfully complete primary, secondary and post school certificates
  3. participants in full time employment
  4. participants arrested
  5. participants hospitalised/killed due to violent injury

Mutually Reinforcing Activities – the FFP Five Pillar Methodology

The programme will design, integrate and help to coordinate the delivery of mutually reinforcing activities within the FFP Five Pillar Methodology; Boxing and Martial Arts training and completion; Education; Employability; Support Services and Youth Leadership.

Activities will be delivered initially by the FFP Alliance partners. Over time new partners from diverse sectors who can offer additional mutually reinforcing activities will be engaged and supported to integrate their activities through the course of the programme. All new activities will primarily fall within the Five Pillars framework and serve to extend the scale, depth and variety of activities offered to young people.

Continuous Communication

Fight for Peace, the Alliance partners, and all new partners who join or support the collective impact approach commit to maintaining continuous communication throughout the programme so as to ensure activities are successfully integrated and coordinated for participants. Fight for Peace will also facilitate communication across a wider network of stakeholders to help engage future partners, and share best practices more broadly. Communication will:

  • Open and candid exchanges
  • Share credit and responsibility
  • Include communication with government, donor agencies, the private sector, sports agencies and the media
  • Contribute content for communication campaigns

Backbone Organisation – Fight for Peace

The Fight for Peace team in Jamaica will act as the backbone organization of the programme for three years, 2016-2018. In this role they will:

  • Provide access to and training in the FFP Five Pillar methodology.
  • Facilitate the current and future network of partners to co-design activities and collaborations.
  • Engage additional partners from across sectors to join the network as delivery partners and/ or supporters of the work being carried out.
  • Support the coordination activities being carried out across multi-agency partnerships.
  • Seed-funding activities where this could lead to more substantial and sustained future funding.
  • Support partners to fundraise for activities within Jamaica and internationally.
  • Provide strengthening inputs to delivery partners to help increase the effectiveness and sustainability of activities, based on an internationally recognised organisational health check framework.
  • Provide access to and training in a shared MEL system (Upshot)
  • Record and codify learnings so that the programme approach can be sustained locally and replicated in Jamaica and in other countries.

Beneficiaries

This programme will be open to all young people, aged 7-29, living in communities affected by violence, but will include a focus on those young people who are the most entrenched and involved in violence. This dual strategy is informed by a belief that to successfully reduce youth violence you need to create a peer culture that can inspire, support and inform long-term change, as well as target those who are currently perpetrating the violence.  The programme will include a balance of male and female participants, and violence against woman and girls will be a constant transversal theme.

Alliance Member Commitments

Alliance members, and other partners that join the programme moving forward, commit to work together under the following guiding principles:

  • Commitment to and pursuit of the shared agenda, theory of change, and shared metrics.
  • Delivery of the Five Pillars via joint programming, activities, and mutual referrals
  • Continuous communication
  • Collaboration with the FFP as the Backbone Organisation
  • Ongoing contribution of content for the communication campaign including participation in interviews, contribution of case studies, photos, social media posts.

Programme Expansion and Sustainability

Sustainability will be considered throughout this programme, on four levels:

  • Continuation of activities for young people at a local level
  • Expansion of services via new partnerships
  • Accessing funding for partner organisations and activities
  • Replication of the CI model in other locations.