One morning last week, I was going through my daily ritual of reading the international news headlines of the day, when a headline caught my eye. It was entitled “Impact of childhood bullying still evident after 40 years.” The article was about a long term research project done by King’s College London, UK, where a group of 7,771 individuals were studied from … [Read more...] about The Crime of Bullying
Innovating Innovation: ‘Starting Up’ the Caribbean
Innovation, the process of making something better, can be a powerful driver of growth. Indeed, for small economies with a high level of human capital like the Caribbean, innovation has the potential to become the cornerstone of development policy. Thus, “innovating innovation” in the Caribbean to create a ‘start-up’ culture, while admittedly ambitious, is a worthwhile … [Read more...] about Innovating Innovation: ‘Starting Up’ the Caribbean
Bridgetown: Preserving a Safe Haven
White sandy beaches, a tropical climate, and a vibrant culture make Barbados a top vacation destination, with U.S. News ranking it #4 of their top 16 “Best Places to Visit in the Caribbean.” But imagine reading the following headline in the Travel Section of your daily newspaper as you plan your itinerary for an upcoming Caribbean vacation: “Shocking attack in ‘safe’ … [Read more...] about Bridgetown: Preserving a Safe Haven
Do we learn more when we make mistakes?
In 2013 the Inter-American Development Bank financed 168 projects for a total of 14 billion dollars. Every day we ask ourselves if our projects are contributing to the well-being of the people in the region. If our projects failed or succeeded or if the information and methods with which we try to measure the gains or losses are rigorous and, of course, accurate. These are … [Read more...] about Do we learn more when we make mistakes?
Good Living Nah Lang Life for the Caribbean
"Good living nah lang life” is an African Guyanese proverb that translates to mean that the good life won’t continue indefinitely without sustained contribution from the one giving or living it and that nothing free and easy lasts forever. I could not help wonder if this proverb can very well reflect the state of Caribbean development when we think about the challenges facing … [Read more...] about Good Living Nah Lang Life for the Caribbean