Jamaica’s successful and sustained reform efforts over the past decade have laid the foundation for more rapid financial development, but findings suggest that access to finance remains a major obstacle to investment, innovation, and development for firms across the region—particularly smaller enterprises and those led by women. Download A new joint … [Read more...] about Financial Access for Firms: Jamaica’s Challenges and Opportunities
Throughout most of urban history, humanity has used nature’s resources to build cities and to release carbon dioxide at a rate that was well within Earth’s budget. However, beginning in the early 1970s, unsustainable growth accelerated and today, humans are now using 1.7 times the amount of Earth’s resources. This means that by July 29th each year, we will have consumed more … [Read more...] about Caribbean Cities and the Sustainable Development Goals
Today on Labor Day in the USA and in Canada, people love to fire up their grills, head to the beach, go out camping, or catch up on some well-deserved rest and relaxation. Labor Day in the USA and Canada marks the end of summer and is meant to pay tribute to working men and women. In Jamaica, Labor Day is held on May 23rd and holds a different meaning. It is still a day … [Read more...] about Building Roads together to improve lives
When it comes to understanding crime and violence, police records only tell us half the story (literally). But to design effective crime prevention and reduction policies we need the other half. While an important source, police statistics only capture a portion of crimes due to under-reporting and under-recording. In the case of the Caribbean, the most prevalent crimes are … [Read more...] about What is missing from police crime statistics?
The United Kingdom’s decision to leave the European Union immediately led to anxiety in the Caribbean. Initially, critics pointed out that the Brexit vote might lead to a slowdown of the world economy, fallout of remittances and tourism, and the loss of a trade agreement between the United Kingdom and the Caribbean, potentially bringing renewed challenges to the already-weak … [Read more...] about Brexit Effects after All? : The Case of Jamaica