Although many business owners lament the rampant corruption in the Caribbean, the term corruption can range from bribery (whereby government officials demand illicit payments from individuals or businesses to perform an official task) to unproductive rent-seeking (whereby bureaucrats and parliamentarians favor certain private interests for their legal or illegal lobbying. This … [Read more...] about Are Governments an Advantage for Some Firms, Yet a Disadvantage for Others?
"Bahamas Aerial View Htconem8 Aerialphotography Fromthewindowseat FlyTheWhale Oneography HTC The Bahamas" by Daniel Piraino is licensed under CC BY 2.0 When you tell people that you live in the Bahamas, 95% of the time they tell you “Oh, you are on vacation 365 days a year.” Sure, this archipelagic country, encompassing 700 islands and a population of barely 400,000, has the … [Read more...] about The Commonwealth of The Bahamas: The most paradisiac archipelago country is pushing its government effectiveness ahead
Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons, Author, Magnus Manske Unquestionably measures of well-being, popularized by the term happiness, are beginning to play greater roles in policy making and Caribbean countries should take heed. The Caribbean performs relatively mediocre in the recently released 2015 World Happiness Report which measures subjective well-being using data … [Read more...] about Are Happy Employees Really that More Productive?
Discussions about open data and open government are advancing rapidly in the Caribbean and we are already witnessing some good examples of the benefits of open data in the region. In this post, I would like to briefly review progress being made of the creation of an Open Data ecosystem in the Caribbean and look at a few examples that have been useful to some of the governments … [Read more...] about Why the Caribbean Embraces Open Data
Decentralization and Local Government Strengthening Program II (DLGP II) is the continuation of the first project under the same name, which was also financed by the IDB. DLGP II continues to support Suriname’s local government decentralization efforts and to contribute toward attaining a core legal framework, the program also assists new pilot districts of Paramaribo, … [Read more...] about How does decentralizing the government make buying a pencil easier?