Three ways the Caribbean can strengthen financing for private companies

May 20th, 2016

by Therese Turner-Jones Growing up in The Bahamas, I remember my grandmother’s asue. There weren’t any banks where she lived on the island of Inagua, and even if there had been, it wasn’t customary for women to frequent them. To adapt, women (and sometimes men) formed their own informal savings groups, known as asues. As her […]


Making People Happy

April 22nd, 2016

by Therese Turner-Jones *Therese Turner-Jones is the General Manager of the Caribbean Country Department at the Inter-American Development Bank. View her TED-style talk at the IDB-IIC Annual Governors’ Meeting that was held in The Bahamas (April 2016) here. Development is not about economic growth but rather about creating freedom, helping people flourish, and simply making […]


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 […]


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?


What do you mean by “Caribbean” anyway?

December 26th, 2014

In a heated on-going debate, how do you define and boundary the concept of “the Caribbean”?