Treading Water: Jamaica’s Ranking on the 2020 Corruption Perception Index


National Integrity Action (NIA) held a virtual press briefing this morning, to announce Jamaica’s latest rating on Transparency International’s Corruption Perceptions Index. The island is ranked at 69th out of 179, alongside Tunisia, Bulgaria, South Africa, Hungary, and Romania. Six CARICOM countries are ranked higher than us: that is, Barbados, Bahamas, St. Vincent and the … More Treading Water: Jamaica’s Ranking on the 2020 Corruption Perception Index

Women’s Empowerment Group Graduates From Integrity and Advocacy Programme in Style


I have done a lot of celebrating in the past week or two, as we move down towards Christmas. One project that I am proud to have been involved with (in a small way) was the Women’s Resource and Outreach Centre’s (WROC) Strengthening a Culture of Integrity in Jamaica project, implemented in collaboration with National Integrity Action … More Women’s Empowerment Group Graduates From Integrity and Advocacy Programme in Style

WROC, NIA Empower Young People to Speak Out Against Violence and Corruption


This partnership seems like a perfect match to me: The Women’s Resource and Outreach Centre (WROC), which is based in Lyndhurst/Greenwich and surrounding communities in Kingston, and the anti-corruption lobby group National Integrity Action (NIA) are collaborating on the Strengthening a Culture of Integrity in Jamaica project. This initiative seeks to address some of the challenges young … More WROC, NIA Empower Young People to Speak Out Against Violence and Corruption

51% Coalition Speaks Out on the Murder of Mickolle Moulton


What a strange and difficult week it has been. In the early hours of Independence Day, gunmen fired on two girls (sisters, aged seventeen and twelve) as they slept, pushing their guns through a louver window, in the inner city area of Arnett Gardens. The seventeen year-old, Mickolle Moulton, is dead and her sister is … More 51% Coalition Speaks Out on the Murder of Mickolle Moulton

Decisive Action Required Beyond Firearm Licensing Authority Board Resignations


The Board of the Firearm Licensing Authority (FLA) did the right thing – after more than a gentle nudge from the Prime Minister, it appears – by resigning yesterday (August 2) in the wake of ongoing major concerns over the issuance of gun licenses to suspected criminals. I wrote about several of these issues in … More Decisive Action Required Beyond Firearm Licensing Authority Board Resignations

WROC and NIA To Launch Skills Training Project to Promote a Culture of Integrity: Wednesday June 28


The combination of the Women’s Resource and Outreach Centre (WROC) and National Integrity Action (NIA) is a powerful one, especially when reaching out to empower members of some of Kingston’s most vulnerable communities. This project is funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and as you read below, it is part of a … More WROC and NIA To Launch Skills Training Project to Promote a Culture of Integrity: Wednesday June 28

How To Spot Empty Campaign Promises: By Patrick Gathara


Kenyan blogger, cartoonist and political commentator Patrick Gathara has done it again! This, his latest blog post on Gathara’s World could apply to Jamaica, don’t you think? Or actually, many other countries. It’s election time in Kenya, and I thank Mr. Gathara for a welcome dose of reality. You can find this article here. In the coming days, especially … More How To Spot Empty Campaign Promises: By Patrick Gathara

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

Quitting on Integrity: A Blog Post from Kenya’s Patrick Gathara


I’m a big fan of Patrick Gathara’s political blog from Kenya. So well written and so thought-provoking!  This article can be found at http://gathara.blogspot.com/2016/07/quitting-on-integrity.html Does this ring a bell, my dear fellow Jamaicans? As they say on social media, “I am leaving this right here.” It came as no big surprise. “I will not resign,” declared … More Quitting on Integrity: A Blog Post from Kenya’s Patrick Gathara