Jamaica (Predictably) Slips in 2016 Corruption Perceptions Index


After a good rise in the rankings last year, it is disappointing to see that Jamaica has slipped in Transparency International’s 2016 Corruption Perceptions Index. National Integrity Action (NIA) gives us a few reasons why – issues that we have certainly reported on in this blog. I will continue to be vigilant and I hope … More Jamaica (Predictably) Slips in 2016 Corruption Perceptions Index

Simpson Miller’s Week From Hell, The Minister Demands Another Report and Fighting for Peace: Saturday, September 3, 2016


With a new month, almost on cue everything feels different. The intensity of the summer is gone, but rain clouds constantly gather. For some reason, however, the storms deliberately bypass our little dry garden. It’s most upsetting. And so is this week’s news… I am sad about the People’s National Party (PNP). Some very unpleasant stuff … More Simpson Miller’s Week From Hell, The Minister Demands Another Report and Fighting for Peace: Saturday, September 3, 2016

Civil Society Organizations Mobilize to Monitor Jamaican Policies


Jamaica has several lobby groups advocating on behalf of marginalized communities. It has “watchdogs” that keep an eye on what the Government of the day is doing (or not doing) in relation to specific issues of concern to these communities. But could the watchdogs sharpen their skills some more? Tomorrow will see the opening of … More Civil Society Organizations Mobilize to Monitor Jamaican Policies

National Integrity Action Comments on the Throne Speech and Pending Anti-Corruption Legislation


The Official Opening of Parliament took place yesterday, with all the “olde worlde” colonial pomp and ceremony. Members of Parliament and their spouses, all dressed up to the nines, walk self-consciously down Duke Street to the unprepossessing little building that is our Parliament. Supporters of both political parties were ordered to keep their distance, even further … More National Integrity Action Comments on the Throne Speech and Pending Anti-Corruption Legislation

NIA Calls on Director of Public Prosecutions to Prosecute Delinquent Candidates


Well, general elections took place on February 25, and political candidates were to have filed their information on how much they spent on their respective election campaigns not later than April 6, 2016. Now, 41 candidates have not met this deadline and are in breach of the law. How can our lawmakers be breaking their own … More NIA Calls on Director of Public Prosecutions to Prosecute Delinquent Candidates

End Further Delay in Campaign Finance Regulation: Enact the ECJ’s Recommendations! Joint Statement


With elections very much in the air, the Campaign Finance Bill has not yet been passed. The Electoral Commission of Jamaica (ECJ) has done its work. Now it’s time for our political leaders to step up and do theirs. We will need to hold their feet to the fire on this one. Campaign Finance Reform is … More End Further Delay in Campaign Finance Regulation: Enact the ECJ’s Recommendations! Joint Statement

Money in Politics: “He Who Pays The Piper Calls The Tune,” says National Integrity Action


Do we hear murmurings of a possible election in the air? Perhaps; politicians seem to be doing a lot of weekend campaigning in various parts of the country. Be that as it may, there are a number of electoral issues that have been not so much ignored as put on one side. The Jamaican anti-corruption … More Money in Politics: “He Who Pays The Piper Calls The Tune,” says National Integrity Action

Focus on Democracy Issues: Professor Trevor Munroe Speaks on Justice, Transparency and Corruption


There are many issues in our society, often interlocking, that we should be paying attention to in Jamaica. A lot of the noise and day-to-day drama in the media tends to get in the way. But one Jamaican is very good at making us sit down quietly for a moment to think about the way … More Focus on Democracy Issues: Professor Trevor Munroe Speaks on Justice, Transparency and Corruption