For 50 years the Inter-American Development Bank has been partnering with the people of Barbados. Now, at a crucial time in its history, this relationship is stronger than ever. As Barbados’ leading multilateral partner our relationship with the island nation extends far beyond its present macro-economic reform agenda. We’re looking ahead to the next 50 years, taking it five … [Read more...] about A New Chapter of Engagement
Innovation & Change
Imagine a community without trending conversations around the new world of work, artificial intelligence, and disruptive technology? One word – Obsolete. In an effort to spark dialogue and new perspectives, Dr. Allan Wright, the Inter-American Development Bank’s (IDB) economist in Nassau, recently gave a presentation at The University of The Bahamas (UB) on the economic … [Read more...] about Will automation undermine or enhance human development?
The Caribbean continues to be be generally perceived as a region of predominantly young people, but, just like in the rest of the Americas, it is rapidly aging. Due to demographic changes, adults aged 65 and over will comprise one fifth of the Caribbean region's population by the year 2050. This transition will take place in a very short period, as shown in the following graph. … [Read more...] about Are Caribbean Countries prepared to address their need for pension systems reform?
Within an international context, distance education for many decades was considered as the mode of learning devoted exclusively to the so-called non-traditional student. This was part of a group seen as a minority, which for various reasons — geographical distances, financial barriers or lack of time — was not able to attain what was considered ‘normal’ education. Through … [Read more...] about Online learning: the next frontier for education in the Caribbean?
We are often reminded that climate change is not a phenomenon to be taken lightly. However, too often we only come to grips with this important issue when an event has severely wounded an island-neighbor for the fear that our island may be the next to suffer similar consequences. And there is no telling just when that might be. In recent years, Barbados has experienced more … [Read more...] about Resilience Starts At Home: How can Barbadians take the fight to climate change?