National Integrity Action Works With Communities Part 2: Youth Crime Watch of Jamaica

August 7th, 2017

National Integrity Action (NIA) always has a full plate of activities. Its small, young but closely-knit team, working from its New Kingston hub, reaches out to a wide cross-section of communities and age groups across the island – from uptown Kingston to rural St. Elizabeth. NIA believes in partnerships; and one of its current partners […]

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RISE and the EU: A Partnership to Strengthen Civil Society

March 27th, 2017

On International Women’s Day, I was happy to see a lineup of four women at the head table for a workshop on the Civil Society Boost Initiative (Strategies and Tools for CSO Sustainability). At the opening ceremony, the partnership in this initiative was represented by Head of the European Union (EU) Delegation in Jamaica, Ambassador […]

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Jamaica Chamber of Commerce Gives Women a Networking Boost

August 15th, 2016

We all know the importance of networking. But it’s not something that comes naturally to us all; in fact, it’s very often a skill we have to acquire. “Working a room,” for example – literally walking round, introducing oneself and starting conversations with complete strangers – is not an easy task, even when you know […]

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The Impact of “Edu-Drama”: It’s the Human Connection That Counts

February 7th, 2016

We know. In our search to create a more just, equitable and simply livable society, we have to continually find different, innovative ways of getting important messages across – especially to our youth. One of the ways is storytelling, a tradition embedded in the Jamaican psyche. It seems to be undergoing a kind of revival […]

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Highways and Byways and Bikes

June 16th, 2015

It was a regular, quiet Sunday morning in Half Way Tree, Kingston. Congregation members making their way to the 6:30 a.m. service at the St. Andrew Parish Church stopped short, in shock. Right in front of the historic church, the mangled wreckage of a shiny, psychedelic purple coaster bus and a small motor car. The […]

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