J&A’s first government project was for the Department of Housing and Urban Development: developing a registry of minority building contractors and subcontractors as a resource to assist the Office of Equal Opportunity for recruiting purposes in federally-funded projects. On the private sector side, we signed on with one of the largest advertising agencies, McCann Erickson, and the Ford Motor Company, to market Ford’s products to the expanding Latino population. Next up? Strawberries. J&A consulted with a California agro-business to provide services in the area of Spanish-language communications in strawberry growing. During this same period, funding for the Great Society Programs of the Johnson Administration was reduced or cut completely, offering opportunities for J&A to further our technical know-how internationally, particularly in the Latin American and Caribbean region. In addition, J&A was able to promote our mission of helping populations access relevant and sustainable development through improved health services and education. The firm’s initial projects in family planning and nutrition quickly expanded to include reforming educational systems and, ultimately, to technical assistance in all aspects of sustainable development, with a special emphasis on gender integration.
J&A has provided over four decades of successful and uninterrupted services to the development community, working in over 60 countries and forging partnerships to build local capacity for sustainable development. Today, the firm is working on three continents. For example, J&A has been working in various capacities in Jamaica for the past 20 years and Guatemala for the past 35 years, and is now implementing the largest educational projects in these respective countries. Our work is built on relationships of mutual respect, trust and commitment. At J&A, we are proud of our continued partnership with USAID and other federal government agencies and are dedicated in helping to fulfill the U.S. government’s mandate to improve lives around the world.
Nicandro F. Juárez, Founder and President of J&A
Over the years, J&A has worked with numerous U.S.-based international development partners and local research facilities around the world to improve quality of life. Beginning in 1973, on behalf of USAID, J&A performed evaluations of social awareness campaigns supporting education and reproductive health in Latin America. In the 1980s, J&A led the expansion of a family planning program in Guatemala, and provided technical assistance in the operation and monitoring of a contraceptive social marketing project in Peru. Throughout the 1990s, J&A conducted evaluations of the basic education projects in Jamaica and Nicaragua, and provided technical assistance to improve educational quality in South Africa. Read Full Article »
The Jamaica National Building Society again underlined its reputation as one of Jamaica’s leading corporate supporters of education through its donation of books to be used by children at Camp Summer Plus 2012.
REAULA focuses on achieving a more democratic and prosperous Guatemala, building on successes from the 2004-2009 period of USAID support to Guatemalan education, and on the Government of Guatemala’s priorities. As a prime contractor for the USAID/Guatemala Educational Reform in the Classroom project, J&A provides technical assistance to improve access to the quality, equity and efficiency of basic education by increasing teacher effectiveness, improving classroom-learning environments, fostering effective first- and second-language acquisition and reading, extending access to under-served populations, women and indigenous groups, and expanding parent and stakeholder participation in student learning.
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1. The “Era of Development” could be said to have begun with a speech given by _________ on January 20, 1949.
2. According to the USAID, it is estimated that by 2016 there will be how many mobile phones in Africa? a) 10 million b) 500 million c) 1 billion
3. More mobile phones means: a) less poverty, b) more education, c) decreased corruption, d) better healthcare, e) all of the above.
4. The United Nation’s eight Millennium Development Goals are to be achieved by 20 __.
5. Wages rise a) 30% b) 10% c) 20% for every year beyond 4th grade a girl remains in school.
6. What percent of the U.S. Federal Budget is spent by USAID on Foreign Aid? a) 1% b) 4% c) 10%?