ARI Abstracts Paper A.

Paper A. - Enterprise Development Strategies in Urban Poverty Reduction… Exploring the Possibilities and Unlocking the Opportunities

Rapid urbanisation, inadequate infrastructure, and limited employment opportunities are features of developing countries that influence the expansion of the informal economy and the proliferation of small and micro enterprises (SMEs). These tiny businesses are important coping mechanisms for poor people.

This paper reviews efforts to support SMEs in Kingston’s inner city communities. It considers practices and experiences from Bangladesh and Jordan. We find that a detailed understanding of local context and realities is necessary for designing appropriate interventions and developing the right partnerships to make them work.

The evidence suggests that helping to strengthen people’s knowledge and capacities by providing skills and business training, product development, marketing support, and access to tools and credit are important components for strengthening SMEs. The results and impact of these inputs can be substantial: increased employment, higher incomes, increased resilience to economic shocks and risks, and reduced levels of poverty.

Success however, is not automatic. Good results may take some time to happen, and SMEs' performance is often sensitive to the varying social, economic, and cultural characteristics of inner city communities.

KRC’s presentation (internal) to Cornwall Metropolitan Centre

KRC’s presentation (internal) to Cornwall Metropolitan Centre – Rutgers Newark Campus on “Alleviating Urban Poverty – the Jamaican Urban Po

Putting Policy into Practice

Putting Policy into Practice - Innovative Action to Address Poverty n Complex Urban Areas (2003)

Jamaica Urban Poverty Project

Jamaica Urban Poverty Project – Preparation of Strategic Plan Supporting the Revitalization of Jones Town Contract No. CNTR 955133

The Denham Town and Neighbouring Innercity Communities Renewal Project

The Denham Town and Neighbouring Innercity Communities Renewal Project – A joint venture of the Ministry of National Security and Justice and KRC

Implementing Habitat Agenda

Implementing Habitat Agenda – Jamaica Urban Poverty Project in Kingston Jamaica

Carib Explorer September 2010 issue

Carib Explorer September 2010 issue – Social Inclusion and Trust for Innercity Redevelopment

Department for International Development

Department for International Development, Kingston Restoration Company and Neighbourhood Iniatives Foundation 2001, Community Action Kit

KRC’S PUBLICATIONS

Publication references showcasing KRC’s work. Access to abstracts and full documents will be made available shortly.

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ARI Abstracts Paper A.

Paper A. - Enterprise Development Strategies in Urban Poverty Reduction… Exploring the Possibilities and Unlocking the Opportunities

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ARI Abstracts Paper B.

Paper B. - Social Capital in the Alleviation of Urban Poverty…Methods for its Formation and use in the Inner City Context

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ARI Abstracts Paper C.

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