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Last Sundays The National Gallery of Jamaica’s Last Sundays programme for the month of November will feature a musical performance by Alex Gallimore, more popularly known as Alexx A-Game. November 26 will also be the last opportunity to see the Annabella and Peter Proudlock Collection and the We Have Met Before exhibitions, which had both been extended. […]
NIDS - A Community Development Perspective. In August this year, I completed an enumeration of the entire Naggo Head, in Portmore, St. Catherine, Jamaica. I had been working in the community for about two years, implementing an urban disaster risk reduction project on behalf of Habitat for Humanity and funded by USAID. The Building Resilience And Capacities against Emerging Disasters(BRACED) project focused on behaviour changes at the community and policy level. We embraced a participatory methodology of learning and teaching and involvement. 470+ of the 500 households participated in the recently concluded enumeration. Some were unable to participate because work schedule didn't allow. Few refused to participate. We collected biographic, demographic data on the household, and data on medical history, health seeking behaviours, sources of income; income brackets; sanitation etc. There was very personal information that people were prepared to give because they understood the WHY!!!!
Two Community Enumerators Collecting Data From Respondent

What made this possible? We engaged in robust sensitisation. We had a plan. It was quite participatory:
1. We began with a visioning exercise, "Re-imagine Naggo Head." Members of the community shared what for them were the changes they'll like to see in the people, the place and in governance and what needs to change for those changes to take place. Those were documented. Then we did the problem tree, where citizens discussed the root causes, the problems resulting, and the solutions for those problems.

Problem/Solution Tree

2. We trained Community Advocates. These advocates were from the community and were trained to advocate for the redevelopment of the community. They would be the ambassadors of change and would communicate it in the language of their friends. They got the word out that the enumeration was coming and the implications for redevelopment.

3. We trained the advocates to collect the data with tablets. They became the enumerators. The training helped us with being able to tweak the framing of questions and placement of questions.

Community people work with you when they understand what you are trying to do. They are not political puppets. In fact, in my experience the political puppets are the ones in suit and tie, speaking Queen's English & turning up their noses at those who can't understand their pompous verbiage. People voicing concerns about provisions in the regulations for NIDS is not an opposition to the principle of same. Community development and any Development for that matter requires data. Data must inform policy, government spending and development priorities etc. It will be folly to oppose a data driven economy. It is disrespectful of electors to treat them as if their voice doesn't matter. You may not believe that but HOW WE DO THINGS EFFECTIVELY COMMUNICATE THAT MESSAGE!!!!

Therefore, we must have safeguards that protect people's privacy, which is a right; ensure that there is wide consultation that encourages participation and fosters democracy; engage in accessible public education (that is education that is tailored to suit the community and is equitable) and guard against criminalising people.
There are approaches that those pushing the implementation of NIDS to meet aggressive timelines of lender can learn to gain trust and buy in. Lenders and Donors are generally concerned about their agenda in a very neo-imperialist way. Governments must learn how to be sophisticated in approach and balance lender's agenda with the people's best interests and doing so in a way that shows respect to the voice of the people. There are benefits that the government can realise by embracing a participatory methodology for NIDS. It not only get them the data they want but it leaves communities more empowered to make decisions towards their own redevelopment.
Last Sundays on 24, 2017 to Feature Quilt The National Gallery of Jamaica’s Last Sundays programme for September 24, 2017 will feature the Quilt Performing Arts Company. Visitors will also be able to view the We Have Met Before and the Annabella and Peter Proudlock Collection exhibitions. The Quilt Performing Arts Company was born out of a need for a fresh, new, innovative […]
Last Sundays The National Gallery of Jamaica’s Last Sundays programme for August 27, 2017, will feature the Annabella and Peter Proudlock Collection exhibition as well as a musical performance by Janine Jkuhl. The Annabella and Peter Proudlock Collection exhibition features selections from the collection of Annabella and Peter Proudlock, who were the principals of Harmony Hall gallery […]
Last Sundays The National Gallery of Jamaica’s Last Sundays programme for June 25, 2017, will feature a special exhibition of Selections from the National Collection and music by EarthKry. The EarthKry band was born and nurtured within the halls of the Edna Manley College of The Visual & Performing Arts in Kingston Jamaica. Their journey began in […]
Last Sundays The National Gallery of Jamaica’s Last Sundays programme for June 25, 2017, will feature a special exhibition of Selections from the National Collection and music by EarthKry. The EarthKry band was born and nurtured within the halls of the Edna Manley College of The Visual & Performing Arts in Kingston Jamaica. Their journey began in […]
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Last Sundays, May 28, 2017 The National Gallery of Jamaica is pleased to present a special edition of its Last Sundays programme for May 28, 2017, which features Tsunami Scarecrow, a short film on David Marchand, which starts at 1:00 pm, followed by a musical performance by Wayne McGregor and Friends, which starts at 1:30 pm. Visitors will also have […]
Last Sundays, April 30, 2017 The National Gallery of Jamaica’s Last Sundays programme for April 30, 2017 will feature the Jamaica Biennial 2017 exhibition and a screening of the film documentary, Shashamane, On the Trail of The Promised Land. The film explores the narratives of a number of settlers of African-descent from across the world, who have been living in […]
Last Sundays The National Gallery of Jamaica’s Last Sundays programme for March 26, 2017, will feature the Jamaica Biennial 2017 and a special musical performance by BLACKasCOLE. Fronted by songstress Cecile Black, BLACKasCOLE’s performance style is a fusion of different genres: Alternative, Blues, Gospel, R&B, Reggae/Dub-Rock which they have integrated into a base component of Reggae and […]
Last Sundays, January 29, 2017, feat. Spiritual Yards and Javada The National Gallery of Jamaica’s Last Sundays programme for January 29, 2017, will be the last chance to see the Spiritual Yards Home Ground of Jamaica’s Intuitives Selections from the Wayne and Myrene Cox exhibition, which closes on that day.  There will also be a musical performance by emerging artiste Javada. Consisting entirely of works […]