In 2015, Fight for Peace began running the Safer Communities Programme in Kingston, Jamaica, using collective impact methodology to integrate multiple services and actors in urban violence hotspots where capacity and resources are scarce. Via a local team on the ground, Fight for Peace acts as a backbone organisation working alongside local stakeholders to collaborate on youth violence reduction programming.
Over three years a series of projects will be designed based on the Fight for Peace Five Pillars, and involving more partners from across sectors over time. The Fight for Peace team in Jamaica will act as the backbone organisation.
The programme is open to all young people, aged 7-29, living in communities affected by violence, but includes a focus on those young people who are the most entrenched and involved in violence.
All partnerships and activities developed within the Fight for Peace programme in Jamaica are aligned to a shared agenda, employ shared metrics and are based on a shared Theory of Change.
Fight for Peace in Jamaica
Fight for Peace has been active in Jamaica since 2014 when eleven partners were selected to take part in the Global Alumni Programme (GAP). These partners were selected based on their access to young people involved in or affected by violence, their commitment to adapt Fight for Peace’s sport for development model for the Jamaican context and their willingness to collaborate to increase their effectiveness and sustainability. All partners were trained Fight for Peace’s Methodology at the Rio Academy and have undergone a year of capacity building consultancy. These organisations have maintained contact as The Fight for Peace Jamaica Alliance and have piloted collaborative activities across their programmes.