Pension systems in the Caribbean countries have room for improvement. In our chapter, Pension Systems in the Caribbean: The Challenges Ahead, published in Economic Institutions for a Resilient Caribbean, we assess some pressing issues that will require attention to ensure the functionality and financial sustainability of pension systems in six Caribbean countries (The Bahamas, … [Read more...] about Seven considerations in reforming pension systems in the Caribbean
Labour & Learning
Jason Christie remembers the sound of his mother crying at night. She dreaded returning to her job as a domestic worker the next day. The pay was bad and the treatment she received on the job was worse. But with a family to feed, she never stopped working, even when her health was failing. Jason felt powerless at that time. He wanted to do more to help his mother, but he was … [Read more...] about Improving Lives with Education: One Person at a Time
Government services should be efficient, cost effective and put the customer first. This is good for Jamaicans who interact with public officials or entities on everything from getting a medical appointment to paying taxes. It is also good for the economy. Less red tape spurs more investment and growth. Enter the Public Sector Transformation Programme (PSTP). The project has … [Read more...] about A project that helped re-engineer Jamaica’s government services
The COVID-19 pandemic has had a negative impact on Barbadians and has highlighted important traits about financial vulnerability and resilience. The restrictions in movement across and within national borders in response to the public health crisis have struck a hard blow to economic activity in Barbados. Because Barbados’s economy is small and based on tourism, this has … [Read more...] about Understanding Financial Vulnerability and Promoting Resilience in Barbados during COVID-19
The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted some important issues for Suriname’s private sector, such as the lack of digitalization, financial inclusion, and infrastructure. Suriname’s private sector was already challenged by an unfavorable business climate before COVID-19. There was hope that 2020 would bring some positive changes. Indeed, 2020 brought change, but not the change … [Read more...] about Suriname’s private sector is hurting. More digitalization, financial inclusion and infrastructure can help.