Did you know that oceans contribute nearly $21 billion to the GDP of Latin America and the Caribbean? Oceans also provide services that are not yet quantifiable, such as carbon sequestration, coastal protection, and the provision of critical habitat for biodiversity. The Worldwide Fund for Nature estimates that these services could be worth $2.5 billion every year. It is … [Read more...] about ‘Blue- Tech’ Challenge could help Caribbean solve pressing coastal problems
Central to our strategy of improving lives in the Caribbean is changing the way we share our messages with and listen to the citizens of the region. This is where storytelling matters. To help us do it right, we have recruited one of the most gifted storytellers from the Caribbean region, Golda Lee Bruce. Golda becomes the first Development Storyteller at the Inter-American … [Read more...] about The IDB Group welcomes Caribbean Storyteller Golda Lee Bruce and a new strategy for communicating with the people of the Caribbean
We live in a unique moment in history where the pace of technological change is evolving at an exponential rate and the speed of digital transformation has no precedence. Twenty years ago, the rate of digital traffic per day was approximately 20 gigabytes. Today, digital traffic has grown to two exabytes (EB) per day (1 EB is equal to 1billion gigabytes). Internet usage by … [Read more...] about Welcome to the first issue of The Next Wave Magazine!
By Benjamin Roseth Think of the last time you needed to conduct some official business with your government. Maybe it was to get a copy of a birth certificate, pay taxes, or sign up for a social benefit. How was your experience? Good, bad or ugly? If it was the latter – you are not alone. Millions of citizens region-wide are suffering from inefficient, paper-based and … [Read more...] about Can we cut red tape with digital scissors?
By the Caribbean Climate-Smart Coalition Many of us are still reeling from the devastation caused by Hurricanes Irma and Maria. Our Caribbean countries have experienced deep pain; we lost everything – our homes, our livelihoods, but we certainly did not lose our spirit. Too often we treat our problems with a Band-Aid solution hoping that the next hurricane will not hit. But … [Read more...] about Time for Resilience: Announcing the Caribbean Climate-Smart Accelerator