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Association Of Development Agencies

ADA exists to promote sustainable development and social change, creating a framework for debate, policy, advocacy, analysis and systematic study of global and macro issues which build the capacity of the collective to undertake the development education and research.

The goals of the organization are to:

  1. Strengthen the capacity of member agencies and other organizations to execute development work at the local level.

  2. Create and respond to opportunities for learning and exchange, especially among non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and community based organizations (CBOs), particularly in Jamaica and the wider Caribbean.

  3. Enlist support for and understanding of the work of development NGOs from wider society.

  4. Build ADA as an effective organization.

  5. Undertake research and analysis into, and demonstrate alternative approaches to development.

  6. Shape policies affecting the lives of people in Jamaica and the Caribbean region.

  7. Bring community organizations more actively into the work of the Association.

  8. Diversify ADA’s funding options and build a more independent financial base.

Contact Information

Address: 12 Easton Avenue, Kingston 5
Phone: (876) 927-8568
Fax: (876) 927-4580
Open: Monday - Friday 8:30 am - 4:30 pm

Contact: Chairperson
Phone: (876) 927- 8568; 315-7335 (C)
Fax: (876) 927-4580

The Association of Development Agencies is a Jamaican forum for collective analysis, discussion, planning, advocacy and collaboration among a number of national and international non-government organizations. It supports indigenous development initiatives and links with similar regional and international efforts aimed at effective social change, which increases the participation, power and control of ordinary people over decisions affecting their lives.


  1. To promote community and public education programmes in order to increase the civic consciousness, as well as representational and problem solving capabilities of social organizations at local and national levels.

  2. To enhance the performance of NGOs in the areas of governance, programming and financial and personnel management.

  3. To provide an ongoing, systematic analysis of global and macro issues in order to strengthen awareness.

  4. To collaborate with others in lobbying for alternative strategies and mechanisms that will address threats and exploit opportunities for sustainable development.

  5. To promote advocacy and representational work on selected aspects of social, cultural and economic policy.

  6. To improve the diversification of ADA’s funding options and build an independent financial base for the Association.

  7. To maintain the support for regional and international efforts in order to build a sustainable development paradigm and use these efforts to enrich ADA’s own work in Jamaica.

Open to civil society, the certified seminars and training sessions are done through the University of the West Indies



  1. Complete an application form.
  2. Complete bio-data intake form. 

The main aim of the Association of Development Agencies (ADA) as National Coordinator is to gather relevant information on Jamaica as it relates to five (5) subject areas.

  1. Access to Information 

  2. Freedom of Expression  

  3. Local Government and Decentralization 

  4. Strengthening of Civil Society  

  5. Access to Justice

The information gathered will form the basis for the national consultation and feed public education and awareness.