Crime in Paradise: Preview of Forthcoming IDB Study on Crime in the Caribbean

April 8th, 2016

by Heather May Sutton As in other parts of the LAC region, crime and violence have deeply negative effects on businesses and individuals in the Caribbean. The IDB has supported data generation in the region using victimization surveys for individuals and businesses, the highlights of which are presented in this month’s quarterly bulletin with a special focus […]


Caribbean Diaspora: How Can They Finance Development in the Region?

February 26th, 2016

by Mark D. Wenner The Caribbean diaspora is huge and members tend to send significant amounts of remittances back to the region to help relatives and to invest in property and family businesses.  It is estimated that Caribbean migrants number 4,116,000 in the United States (1.2% of the total population and remitted approximately US$5 billion in […]


Zika Virus and the Economic and Human Reproductive Health Implications for the Caribbean

February 19th, 2016

by Mark D. Wenner Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons Negative economic impacts expected if link to brain damage is proven. Best hope is that scientists find no link. The Zika virus has arrived in the Western Hemisphere and spawned a degree of alarm not previously witnessed with previous outbreaks involving mosquito borne viral infections like dengue […]


Social Innovation: The way forward for Civil Society Organizations

December 25th, 2015

by Jermaine Case, Jamaica ConSOC member IDB Annual Civil Society in Honduras. Photo author Brodrick Watson To the uninformed eye, the Marriott hotel erected in New Kingston, Jamaica is just a newly minted addition to the city’s towering infrastructure. But as with most things, there is more than meets the eye. Marriott was constructed in […]


Jamaica and COP21: Why does it matter?

December 18th, 2015

Is Jamaica ready to negotiate on global warming?


Yes, Caribbean men are dying from violence, but what about women?

November 27th, 2015

Reflections on the International Day to End Violence Against Women in the Caribbean.


Boot camps to kick-start public-private partnerships in the Caribbean

October 23rd, 2015

Private-sector efficiencies can allow governments to deliver much-needed and improved infrastructure and services with greater value to society


And speaking of prisons, a move to reform in the Caribbean

August 7th, 2015

Can the Caribbean effectively reform their justice systems looking at similar initiatives?


Five low-cost technologies to make your home more energy-efficient

April 17th, 2015

How can you reduce the use of energy and water in your home in the Caribbean?


9 sources of financing for your climate change project

January 23rd, 2015

Finding options for financing Caribbean climate change projects and others, from public, private and civil society sources.