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Osei, Philip; Darkwah, Hilda
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A Results-Based Assessment of the Coordinating Role of the Child Development Agency in Jamaica
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Promoting Child Rights Through Research : Caribbean Child Research Conference
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October 23-24, 2007
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Jamaica Conference Center, Kingston, Jamaica
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Purpose: This paper seeks to examine co-ordination in the work of the Child Development Agency in Jamaica using a results-based framework. Methodology: The author used elite interviews and interpretive analysis of policy documents to ascertain information. The case study method was adopted to achieve a better understanding of the agency. Findings: The CDA could co-ordinate its activities internally and collaborate with external agencies to ensure better service provision for children, but these roles have not been maximised. The agency seems uncomfortable with the concept of co-ordination, which is surprising, because coordination is a basic organisational role of every public agency. This attitude may be admissible taking the trying circumstances in which the agency has had to evolve and develop its role in the public service environment in the country. This notwithstanding, the immediate outcome is that the CDA has managed to forge strong working relationships, where possible, with key service providers, both public and non-state. The CDA has been decentralised to ensure effective administration. The CDA has, however, been unable to achieve its main objective of ensuring the holistic development of the child due to organisational and financial constraints. Its internal arrangement seems to perpetuate the separation of its constituent units. Key Lesson: The evolution of the CDA is still a work in progress and requires strong leadership and ministerial support to position the agency to achieve the objectives of the Child Development Act.....
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