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Monday, January 17, 2005 - The Government of St. Lucia through the Ministry of Social Transformation will sign an agreement with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) on Tuesday, January 18, 2005 to mark the commencement of a special project dubbed “Institutional and Capacity Building for Poverty Reduction in St. Lucia.”

Tuesday’s signing ceremony will take place at the Conference Room of the Cultural Development Foundation (CDF) at Barnard Hill. The 15-month project will be funded through a UNDP grant of over US$240,000.

The project will assist the Government in advancing its poverty reduction programmes, with specific emphasis on strengthening the capacity of the Ministry of Social Transformation and allied agencies to enhance data collection and research, allowing for more timely and reliable statistical data for monitoring national poverty reduction and social sector development programmes.

It will also provide disadvantaged communities and individuals with tools and facilities to broaden access to information through education and training, information technology, and skills development at the community level, as a means of supporting income generating activities, while fostering greater self-reliance.

Selected pilot communities to benefit under the project are Belair, Mon Repos, La Maze and Faux-a-Chaux.

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