Central to our strategy of improving lives in the Caribbean is changing the way we share our messages with and listen to the citizens of the region. This is where storytelling matters. To help us do it right, we have recruited one of the most gifted storytellers from the Caribbean region, Golda Lee Bruce. Golda becomes the first Development Storyteller at the Inter-American … [Read more...] about The IDB Group welcomes Caribbean Storyteller Golda Lee Bruce and a new strategy for communicating with the people of the Caribbean
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Caribbean economies have hardly grown in the last 30 years. The last significant growth was in the 1980s when tourism and banana production expanded, but has since declined due to the loss of competitiveness in the bananas market and the emergence of other tourism destinations. To make matters worse, the Caribbean countries are severely indebted and have very limited options to … [Read more...] about 5 Obstacles to Overcome for a more Productive Caribbean
Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons Some studies show that if you live in a low-income country, you are more likely to become the victim of crime than if you live in a rich country. Sounds logical, right? But here's something interesting: Nicaragua has one of the lowest incomes in the region, yet it also has one of the lowest homicide rates in Central America. What's … [Read more...] about How effective is community-based policing? The case of Nicaragua.
Imagine that you're walking calmly down a street with your partner one night. Suddenly, and without any reason at all, the police stop you, question you and carry out a full body search of you and your partner. That seems too intrusive, no? That is what's called “stop and frisk,” an aggressive search that is one of the more controversial tactics used by police these … [Read more...] about Controversial Tactics
The tragic events in Ferguson have placed police practices at the center of a debate in the United States over their model and whether the police have become too militarized. In fact, the White House is seeking to promote community policing tactics and President Obama has created a special commission to make recommendations for a 21st Century police force. The same … [Read more...] about Five elements of a true community police force