The Jeffrey Town Model for Community Development


  • Ivy Veronica Gordon Jeffrey Town Farmers Association



ICT, integrated, training,



The Jeffrey Town model for community development has been effectively applied to the rural community of Jeffrey Town in Jamaica with ICT as a key element. The farmers association is the vehicle that has driven the change.

Included is  a brief outline of the community plus highlights of the tangible and intangible components of the model. Special attention is paid to the investment in the human capital to help build capacity of all locals without exploitation so that real empowerment could begin. 

Jeffrey Town is a success story validating the modern development assistance programmes whereby communities are empowered, allowed to select their own imperatives and in this case redressing some of those difficulties with superb results.

Author Biography

Ivy Veronica Gordon, Jeffrey Town Farmers Association

Ivy Veronica Gordon born 1957 in the UK, a graduate of Westminster College Hotel School migrated to Jamaica with her husband in 1994. She teaches food and nutrition and is the head of the home economics department at Guy's Hill High School.

 Her work with community development began in 1995 when she joined the Jeffrey Town Farmers Association. She became assistant secretary of that notable community group in 1999, and secretary/ financial controller in 2003 and is one of the two remaining original board members there.

Whist giving service to the group she honed her skills at project writing and project management and has proven to be a very apt and successful administrator. Her efforts have enabled the Jeffrey Town Group to maintain an impeccable financial record, to complete and report on a list of projects in exemplary fashion. Ivy is also the editor of the Jeffrey Town Bulletin, now published quarterly on their web site and the author of the Jeffrey Town Story.






How to Cite

Gordon, I. V. (2014). The Jeffrey Town Model for Community Development. Journal of Learning for Development, 1(2).



Research Articles
Received 2013-09-30
Accepted 2013-12-17
Published 2014-03-13