Archive for October 2015

It’s only spanking! Isn’t it?

30
OCT

Written by

by Inder Ruprah and Camilo Pecha

PaddlePhoto courtesy of Wikimedia Commons, Author, PicFreak

If you ask Caribbean adults if corporal punishment is OK, 66% (65% of males and 68% of females) say yes. Of these, 91% (93% males and 89% females) admit to suffering corporal punishment as children. Of the latter only 13% (14% males and 11% females) respond by declaring corporal punishment as unacceptable. Thus, there is a high level (see Figure 1) of and an inter-generational perpetuation (see Figure 2) of corporal punishment. This generalized acceptance runs counter to scientific evidence, which concludes that it is bad.

> Read more

Strengthening Civil Society in the Caribbean – Workshop held in Project Cycle Management

26
OCT

Written by

by Pamala Proverbs

IMG_1590
Photo by Pamela Proverbs

The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), in partnership with the UWI Consulting Inc. and the Mona School of Business and Management, is hosting a series of regional training workshops for Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) throughout the Caribbean.

> Read more

How to do a beach cleanup? Jamaicans can tell you all about it.

23
OCT

Written by

by Anaitée Mills

Each year in September, thousands of volunteers comb lakes, rivers, and beaches around the world for all kinds of waste. These volunteers are the driving force behind the International Coastal Cleanup (ICC) Day, a hallmark initiative of the Ocean Conservancy (OC), which is a nonprofit environmental advocacy group based in Washington, D.C., United States.

> Read more

Made In Suriname: Conversations On Enhancing Competitiveness In Suriname

16
OCT

Written by

by Nicola Karcher and Sasha Baxter

 

_FEB8197
Photo author Nicola Karcher

 

On March 11th-12th the Competitiveness Unit of Suriname (CUS) held the 2nd Competitiveness Forum, “Building Together a Strategic Economic Plan for Suriname” organized by CUS with collaboration from Compete Caribbean, the IDB Country Office in Suriname and other regional stakeholders.  Discussions for the two day forum related broadly to the following topics: private sector development policies, business climate, innovation, productivity and competitiveness.

> Read more

Sir William Arthur Lewis’ 100 year anniversary – Livestream

14
OCT

Written by

Join us live to listen to the discussion on development issues in the Caribbean by addressing debt, and rethinking growth.

In the roundtable, Prof. Mark Figueroa (University of the West Indies) and Luis Bertola (Universidad de la República) will discuss Sir Arthur Lewis’ historical perspectives and legacy. Professors Damien King and Andre Haughton from the University of the West Indies will discuss development issues in the Caribbean with special emphasis on growth and debt. Prof. Rafael di Tella (Harvard University) will speak about state capacity and beliefs. Prof. Hugo Hopenhayn (UCLA) will discuss issues on resource misallocation and firm level productivity. The roundtable will be closed by Prof. Benjamin Olken (MIT) and Prof. Michael Kremer (Harvard University) who will discuss new perspectives in development economics.

The International Economic Association (IEA) and the Research Institute for Development, Growth and Economics (RIDGE), with the support of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), are organizing an IEA-RIDGE-IDB Roundtable entitled “Economic Development and Growth 100 years after Arthur Lewis’s Birth” to take place at the Centro de Formación of Spanish Agency for International Development Cooperation (AECID) in Santa Cruz (Bolivia), October 14, 2015.

 

 

Follow us on Twitter: @IDB_CarDevTrend

The Artisan Business Network Gearing Up for NY NOW

12
OCT

Written by

by Nara Meli

 

August is an exciting time for Haitian foundation the Artisan Business Network (ABN). This is because from the 16th through the 20th, ABN’s production team will head up to New York City to take part in the NY NOW market for home, lifestyle and gift. You may recall that MIF is partnering with the ABN, which assists Haitian artisans in improving their business skills, production processes and marketing, through a value chain approach.

> Read more

Suriname, an undiscovered oil resource in the Caribbean

9
OCT

Written by

by Roger Sallent

 

Suriname is the third largest crude oil producer in the Caribbean after Trinidad & Tobago and Cuba, with a daily production above 16,000  barrels of oil per day (bbls/day). Domestic production of crude oil nearly reaches the domestic consumption, thus contributing to the country’s high level of primary energy self-sufficiency. In addition, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) estimates the Suriname-Guyana basin undiscovered resources at 13 billion barrels of oil, and 32 trillion cubic feet of gas. However, the high potential of the country still remains virtually unexplored.

> Read more

De-Risking and Correspondent Banking – A Caribbean Example

7
OCT

Written by

by Juan Pedro Schmid

1
Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons, Author, Hagainativ

Not too long ago, news started to emerge that Jamaican banks would sever relations with cambios as they created problems with their international correspondent banks. (To transfer money abroad, banks need partner banks in that country, these are called correspondent banks.)  This is a severe problem as in today’s modern, globalized world, countries depend on international financial transactions for trade and other flows such as remittances.

> Read more

Non-Communicable Disease – don’t let it take you out!

5
OCT

Written by

by Julian Belgrave

123

> Read more

A Child from the Garrison

2
OCT

Written by

by Navita Anganu – Ramroop 

 

As chair of the Rotary Club of Kingston (RCOK) Scholarship Committee, I am always on the lookout for students who have performed exceptionally well while being financially challenged. This is the story of one of our 2015/2016 awardees.

> Read more

Sign me up for the newsletter!

Disclaimer

The views expressed in this blog are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Inter-American Development Bank, its Management, its Board of Executive Directors or its member Governments.

Subscribe to our blog

  • Latin America and the Caribbean
  • Public policies
  • Development

Be the first to receive our new posts