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    Positive Youth Development in Jamaica – A National Project

    By - 26 de September de 2017, 3:00 pm

    By Cynthia Hobbs, Darrell Hull, Lincoln Williams and Carolyn Thomas

    In Jamaica, more than 120,000 “unattached” 16-to-24 year-olds are not in school and are not working. Youth unemployment in Jamaica is more than twice (30.3 percent) that of adults (13.5 percent) and crime rates are highest among 18- to 24-year-old males.

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    Image: IDB.

    Many young people in this age bracket have given up on school because they don’t feel they are learning skills that will help them find a job. They want to work but do not have the needed job experience or training.

    Often they don’t have adequate skills in reading and math, or the exam scores necessary to get into higher education or vocational training programs.

    The government of Jamaica has designed two programs to help these “unattached” youth, both financed in part by an IDB sovereign guaranteed loan of $11 million: Read more…

    Failing successfully

    By - 22 de December de 2011, 3:12 pm

    By Belissa Rojas

    The race for accountability, transparency and clear results is creating incentives to report the positive: demonstrating that project outputs were delivered, and in the best case, that the interventions had the desired impact.

    A quick look at the monitoring, evaluation and reporting systems from the MDBs shows that there are clear incentives to communicate what was “accomplished.” If problems are mentioned, these are presented as justification for what was not possible to deliver.

    Many in the development world, are striving to show results via geo-referenced projects and products on maps. This necessarily requires simplification, highlighting what is most relevant in a clear fashion.

    Read more…