By Gilberto Chona and Sarah Benton* Hurricanes - like Hurricane Irma - and tropical storms threaten the Caribbean with tragic frequency making it one of the most vulnerable regions on the planet. These phenomena affect lives, infrastructure and economies, and are worsening with climate change. These impacts are significant and require serious attention to strategies to … [Read more...] about Ready to face Hurricane Irma?
Let’s Learn and Apply the Right Lessons The recent fires that plagued the Harrold Road landfill in early March of this year were a turning point for many residents on New Providence Island who suffered the shutdown of schools and public facilities, and in some cases, evacuation from their homes. Based on an assessment by a Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) team, the … [Read more...] about Solid Waste Management in The Bahamas Has Some History
By Vanessa Matos Tudela and Michelle Evans In the Caribbean, the year-round sunshine and extremely favorable insolation levels have not been enough to spur significant investments in renewable energy. Now, a year after the signature of the Paris Agreement, investments in solar energy seem more appealing than ever before, mainly due to four reasons: High vulnerability to … [Read more...] about Four reasons why the Caribbean private sector must invest in renewables
By Alexandre Veyrat-Pontet, Chitralekha Deopersad and Gevon Moss This year, the IDB’s Bahamas country office took a novel approach to celebrating Valentine’s Day. During one of our office meetings the idea to undertake a beach cleanup was proposed by colleagues and was immediately supported by our staff and the IDB Family Association. What better way to celebrate a time of … [Read more...] about Love Your Beach, Set a Trend
To understand how effective countries are in fostering private sector growth and encouraging enterprise contribution, the World Bank produces the Doing Business Indicators, comprising ten measures ranging from the ease with which private companies can pay their taxes to register property. Which factors stand out for The Bahamas? These were cited among the indicators for … [Read more...] about Three Steps to Improving Business in The Bahamas