As in other parts of the LAC region, crime and violence have deeply negative effects on businesses and individuals in the Caribbean. The IDB has supported data generation in the region using victimization surveys for individuals and businesses, the highlights of which are presented in this month’s quarterly bulletin with a special focus on crime. … [Read more...] about Crime in Paradise: Preview of Forthcoming IDB Study on Crime in the Caribbean
Developing evidence-based policies, particularly in the developing world, can be difficult when reliable data are not available. Many crimes go unreported by the public, or unrecorded by the police. Victimization surveys are increasingly recognized as useful tools, but these surveys can be complex and costly, which can lead to cutting corners and producing low quality data. … [Read more...] about Victimization Surveys: 3 Common Mistakes to Avoid
As we near the International day to End Violence Against Women, November 25th, it is important to recognize how little is actually known about the issue in the Caribbean. The impact of violence on different gender groups (men, women, boy and girls) is still understudied particularly in contexts - like those of many Caribbean countries – where high levels of urban violence have … [Read more...] about Yes, Caribbean men are dying from violence, but what about women?
The police are normally considered the first source of information on crimes committed. However, police crime statistics are only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to measuring and understanding crime. In the Caribbean, according to a forthcoming IDB publication, only 44% of common crimes were reported to the police in 2014. Globally it is estimated that less than half of … [Read more...] about Could everything we think we know about crime be wrong?
Bullying Prevention Awareness Month has ended and it is a good time for Caribbean schools and policy makers to take stock and improve current efforts to reduce and prevent bullying. A recent IDB Policy Brief, “Mothers Are Right: Eat Your Vegetables and Keep Away From the Girls (Boys): Bullying Victimization Profile in the Caribbean” (Ruprah and Sierra, 2014), contributes new … [Read more...] about 3 Things the Caribbean Should be Doing to Address Bullying