When I arrived in Malta with a delegation from the Government of The Bahamas on May 14th, I already knew that this small “Island Lab” is punching above its weight when it comes to blockchain technology. That is what brought us to Malta: to learn from its experience and to better understand how countries with similar Commonwealth histories can leverage technology to “jump up” … [Read more...] about Caribbean Resilience: Lessons from Malta and the Blockchain
Featuring Therese Turner-Jones, Caribbean Countries General Manager, interviewed by Musheer Kamau, Senior Operations Officer. … [Read more...] about The Caribbean in the next 30 years: Hope or Despair?
By Michael G. Donovan and Therese Turner-Jones This article first appeared as a Web Exclusive on April 20, 2017 for policy journal Americas Quarterly. Read the original piece here. The Caribbean is caught in a housing trap. The cost of living is high: building a house in Kingston is three times more expensive than in a typical Latin American city. This has left ten … [Read more...] about Caribbean Housing Is Expensive and Scarce. Here’s How to Change That
Caribbean countries have one of the world’s highest dependency rates on fossil fuels for energy. The IDB is helping the development and funding of programmes to improve domestic energy efficiency and support diversification towards renewables (Liquefied Natural Gas, wind, solar, geothermal, and wave power). By introducing newer and more efficient sources of energy, a more … [Read more...] about The Big, Little Neighbours: A Step forward to deepening the relations between the Caribbean and the United States
Growing up in The Bahamas, I remember my grandmother’s asue. There weren’t any banks where she lived on the island of Inagua, and even if there had been, it wasn’t customary for women to frequent them. To adapt, women (and sometimes men) formed their own informal savings groups, known as asues. As her group’s custodian, my grandmother collected a weekly contribution from … [Read more...] about Three ways the Caribbean can strengthen financing for private companies