The Constituency Development Fund (CDF) seeks to improve the effectiveness of Members of Parliament as a designated funding mechanism for constituency projects.
The main thrust of the Fund is to promote human and infrastructure development at the community and constituency levels through the establishment of sustainable development projects.
This will be done by streamlining economic activities at the Constituency level; fostering local governance, including good environmental stewardship; improving service delivery and bring government and the public closer together; and increasing the effectiveness of the elected representative.
To date the Fund has been used to rehabilitate houses for indigents, fix roads, undertake agricultural projects, repair basic schools and community centres, provide back-to-school assistance, and assist with sports and healthy lifestyle projects.
These programmes, combined with the Jamaica Social Investment Fund (JSIF) and other social initiatives, represent a meaningful effort on the part of Government to strengthen the social safety net.