IDB Annual Civil Society in Honduras. Photo author Brodrick Watson To the uniformed eye, the Marriott hotel erected in New Kingston, Jamaica is just a newly minted addition to the city’s towering infrastructure. But as with most things, there is more than meets the eye. Marriott was constructed in part by funding from the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB). As part of this … [Read more...] about Social Innovation: The way forward for Civil Society Organizations
Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons, Author, D Ramey Logan “The biggest headache is getting the men to walk away from certain things,” says Adenike Stephenson, when asked what gave her the most difficulties at her job as regional coordinator for the Citizen Security and Justice Program. … [Read more...] about We visited a citizen security program in Jamaica and this is what we learned
Photo courtesy of Brodreck Watson - Granville United player and IDB Specialists Eduardo Feliciangeli, Juan Cruz Vieyra & Cesar Rivera What single activity is best at binding communities and nations together? Is a universal language passionately embraced locally and globally? And is as spontaneous and dramatic as nature itself? The answer for me is football! Jogo … [Read more...] about Does “Jogo Bonito” have more to offer?
On June 18th, the traditionally fractious neighborhood of Parade Gardens got a new lease on life. A new, refurbished building was opened as a Community Center, to breathe life into an area better known for gang warfare built on tribal politics. The building located in the South Central section of the Kingston Metropolitan area, has a community base of two districts, Southside … [Read more...] about Parade Gardens Community Center opens in downtown Kingston, Jamaica
If you are like me where you only visit your hometown a few times per year then you may understand when I say “visiting my hometown is filled with moments being relived through deep reflections that evoke varying emotions.” Well, last summer, on one of those rare trips, I met up with a childhood friend and immediately my mind started jogging down memory lane. My friend … [Read more...] about How do you measure the value of a dream?