In the Caribbean, it is interesting to use the Geographic Information System (GIS) to explore and analyze unexploited data of the social sector. Using GIS data from the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration on tropical storms and integrating it with household surveys leads us to answer questions related to the welfare effects of tropical storms. Upscaling the … [Read more...] about “Gone With the Wind”, Although Data Are Still There
I just wrapped up my third and last boot camp on PPPs (Public-Private Partnership) in Kingston, Jamaica last week. I was not alone; we did it together with more than 45 Caribbean public officials. The first was held in Barbados last September and the second was in Trinidad and Tobago last November. … [Read more...] about I survived boot camp / strengthened the PPP muscle
Photo Credit: Ian Allen, The Gleaner The international political response to climate change began more than 20 years ago at the Rio de Janeiro Earth Summit, where the “Rio Convention” included the adoption of the UN Framework on Climate Change (UNFCCC). This convention set out the framework for action aimed at stabilizing the atmospheric concentration of greenhouse gases … [Read more...] about Jamaica and COP21: Why does it matter?
From left to right: Sir George Alleyne and Ambassador Bernal Conventional wisdom dictates that small states should lack the ability to significantly affect the international behavior of superpowers; however, the small island nation of Jamaica has shown itself unusually capable of influencing some aspects of United States foreign policy. … [Read more...] about The Power of Diplomatic Persuasion: Jamaica’s Relationship with the United States
Photo courtesy of Brodrick Watson –from left Mr. Keith Whyte-PMP Coach, Dr. William Lawrence - Mona School of Business and Management, Mrs. Therese Turner-Jones –IDB Country Representative, Professor Claremont Kirton- UWI Consulting and Ms. Flavia Milano -IDB Specialist, VPC by Brodrick Watson and Dorothea Less In this Age of Global Inter-connectivity where people … [Read more...] about Civil Society Organizations in Jamaica: Building Capacity for Greater Impact