ICYMI in Jamaica, September 8, 2020: (No) Princes and Princesses, Election Aftermath, and Women in the News


Jamaicans are election-weary and COVID-weary. With the first one out of the way (what a relief, really), we still have the second to contend with. September is generally considered the peak of the Atlantic hurricane season and this year we have already had two brushes with Laura and Nana, but expect more rumblings from west … More ICYMI in Jamaica, September 8, 2020: (No) Princes and Princesses, Election Aftermath, and Women in the News

Are We Trying Hard Enough to Preserve Our Mangroves in Jamaica?


Today (July 26) is World Mangrove Day. What does this mean for Jamaica? Regrettably, the average Jamaican might regard mangrove areas as dirty, smelly, somewhat scary places (scary because endangered American Crocodiles live there) – and riddled with mosquitoes. What possible benefits could they bring to the island? Personally, I find wetland areas in Jamaica … More Are We Trying Hard Enough to Preserve Our Mangroves in Jamaica?

At-Risk Groups Will Soon be Able to Self-Screen for COVID-19


This is such good news. I am sharing with you all, because it cannot come soon enough. Telemedicine has been talked about for long enough in Jamaica – now at last here is the opportunity provided by this pandemic to protect vulnerable groups – who should not be leaving home, and who don’t wish to … More At-Risk Groups Will Soon be Able to Self-Screen for COVID-19

Revitalizing the Caribbean Tourism Sector: The IDB’s Innovation Challenge


Our tourism sector has not yet emerged from the doldrums. In Jamaica, while battling COVID-19 with what appear to be depleting resources, we “opened up” to tourism on June 15. Now, close to one month later, we seem to be just feeling our way. Nevertheless, our ever-upbeat Minister of Tourism Ed Bartlett told us a few … More Revitalizing the Caribbean Tourism Sector: The IDB’s Innovation Challenge

COVID-19 Good Stuff (Don’t We Have Enough of the Bad Stuff?) from Jamaica


Life in the Time of COVID-19. It’s hard not to keep focusing on the rising numbers, the gloomy predictions and the heart-wrenching stories of pain and loss. We are living in Strange Days. To be honest I am also getting tired of the attempts at humor online that sometimes fall terribly flat (my sense of … More COVID-19 Good Stuff (Don’t We Have Enough of the Bad Stuff?) from Jamaica

IDB Partners with JAID in Support of Children with Intellectual Disabilities


Social inclusion is more than a buzzword. It is, and has to be, an action-oriented concept. The expression refers to embracing, in an proactive way, citizens who are regularly excluded from the everyday activities of life. It has to be deliberate, and ongoing. Last week, the Inter-American Development Bank came out in support of inclusion, … More IDB Partners with JAID in Support of Children with Intellectual Disabilities

A Nervous Tuesday: That Virus, and an Earthquake


It started off as quite a normal Tuesday. I attended the launch and signing of the contract for a major health program – the Health Systems Strengthening Programme – at the Courtyard Marriott. I will provide more details in my next blog post; suffice it to say that it is the largest health infrastructure program … More A Nervous Tuesday: That Virus, and an Earthquake

Fifteen Clarendon Communities Consulted on Risk Profiles and Climate Change Adaptation Plans


I have spent some time in the beautiful central parish of Clarendon in the past year. Studies (and recent events) have shown that the area is particularly vulnerable to flooding, prolonged drought, and other impacts of climate change.  Prime Minister Andrew Holness pointed out in Parliament in October that Clarendon was responsible for a large … More Fifteen Clarendon Communities Consulted on Risk Profiles and Climate Change Adaptation Plans

IDB Champions Caribbean’s Transition to Resilient Renewable Energy at CREF 2019


The Caribbean Renewable Energy Forum (CREF) is taking place in Miami this week. The Inter-American Development Bank is a major sponsor and will host sessions on the Blue Economy and on electric vehicles. I am not completely “sold” on the Blue Economy; I think the Caribbean may have already missed the boat, and where exactly … More IDB Champions Caribbean’s Transition to Resilient Renewable Energy at CREF 2019

Inaugural Caribbean Debt Summit in Montego Bay on October 1


Debt is a big word for the Caribbean. So is crisis. Sometimes the two words go together. An important meeting – the Caribbean’s first debt summit – will take place this week in Montego Bay. Please see the press release below: Inaugural Caribbean Debt Summit set for Montego Bay October 1 Kingston, Jamaica, September 23, 2019. … More Inaugural Caribbean Debt Summit in Montego Bay on October 1