By Jasneth Mullings and Rainford Wilks The United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goal 11 focuses on making cities and communities safe and sustainable, especially against the background of rapid increases in urban populations globally. Through the Emerging and Sustainable Cities Program (ESC) the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) provides technical assistance to … [Read more...] about Sustainable Cities: Gateway to Health and Development in Jamaica
On a mission to empower rural women in Suriname By Mirjam Gommers On September 12, 2015, Anna Nantawi (52) and Ketoera Aparaka (45) left their village in the southern interior of Suriname to attend a six-month training program in India provided by the NGO Barefoot College to become solar engineers. The women speak no English or Hindi, and one had never left her village … [Read more...] about How can we empower rural women in Suriname?
By Camilo Gomez Osorio To say that small island developing states in the Caribbean are vulnerable to natural disasters is an under-statement. The devastation we have seen over the past few months is humbling and overwhelming. As the Hurricane Season is a yearly endeavor for the region, the IDB’s recently launched report, Together for Prosperity, explores the impact of … [Read more...] about Together for Prosperity in the Caribbean?
Since 2015 and up to two weeks ago, Exxon Mobil announced three successful oil and gas discoveries offshore Guyana. Since then, there’s been mounting interests particularly because of the nature of the finds. Both Exxon Mobil and Hess Corporation have since pointed out that Guyana’s discovery is one of the richest oil and natural gas finds in decades. And as you heard by the … [Read more...] about Is the Discovery of Oil and Gas in Guyana a Blessing or a Curse?
Are you frustrated by the lack of data to support policy interventions? Do you want to acquire the skills to define a problem, develop a hypothesis, analyze data and provide evidence-based recommendations? Do you have the skills to identify how to use data analysis to propose solutions to public policy problems, to explain the assessment of a policy, and to carry out policy … [Read more...] about Revolutionizing decision making with data