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

Jamaica Has 30 Cases of COVID-19, Self-Quarantining, Testing And Other Issues: March 27


This evening’s online press conference produced some revealing information, and more food for thought. Here is an overview: Jamaica has four new confirmed cases, bringing the total to 30. These are as follows: A 87-year-old female from Manchester with a travel history that includes New York; A 51-year-old male from St Catherine with a travel … More Jamaica Has 30 Cases of COVID-19, Self-Quarantining, Testing And Other Issues: March 27

Jamaica on Saturday, July 21, 2018: Energy Worries, Dreadlocks Annoyance and Drought Biting


I haven’t written a news update since Easter! With so much happening, I should never have left it so long. I can only say that I have been overwhelmed with all kinds of commitments and things that have dragged me away from my regular news focus. Here’s an update for the last week (or perhaps … More Jamaica on Saturday, July 21, 2018: Energy Worries, Dreadlocks Annoyance and Drought Biting

The River in a Khaki Suit: Farmers Learning in the Yallahs and Hope River Watersheds


I was sitting at a table with a group of women farmers from the deep hills of St. Thomas on May 17. They were wearing daffodil yellow and purple T-shirts, and their smiles were just as bright. These were some of the 166 graduates of the Farmer Field School climate-smart agriculture training implemented by the … More The River in a Khaki Suit: Farmers Learning in the Yallahs and Hope River Watersheds

Planning for Climate Change Adaptation: Jamaican Government Holds Timely Workshops


This might sound dull, but it’s important. Planning is everything. This applies to the complex issue of climate change as much as anything else. So I was pleased to hear that the Climate Change Division of the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation recently held a two-day workshop for planners, budget officers and policy people. … More Planning for Climate Change Adaptation: Jamaican Government Holds Timely Workshops

Advocacy and Policy Monitoring Go Hand in Hand For Civil Society Organizations


On the eve of Human Rights Day (December 10) there was a small but meaningful gathering at the coziest small hotel in town, the Alhambra Inn. Earlier this month, 22 representatives of ten civil society organizations graduated from a critical training session that focused on Policy Monitoring and Advocacy. The seven-month training, organized by the … More Advocacy and Policy Monitoring Go Hand in Hand For Civil Society Organizations

“A Formidable Team”: The CARICOM Review Commission Holds Its First Meeting


Since the “Brexit” referendum, there have been mutterings in social media about whether Jamaica should leave the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) – especially in light of the recent concerns over the treatment of Jamaican travelers at some Caribbean airports. How about a “CARICOMexit,” they ask? Well, be that as it may, plans for a Commission to … More “A Formidable Team”: The CARICOM Review Commission Holds Its First Meeting

A Health Ministry Mystery, Getting the Guns and Kicking Out GBV: Sunday, October 18, 2015


Things have quietened down a little in the past few days – or are some issues just simmering under the surface? Time will tell. Anyway, the stress of drought is over and the weather has been close to perfect. Gardens are flourishing and the sunlight is softer. Long may it last. CCJ debate: The Caribbean Court … More A Health Ministry Mystery, Getting the Guns and Kicking Out GBV: Sunday, October 18, 2015

National Integrity Action Makes Urgent Call for Greater Transparency and Accountability


Here is a press release dated November 3, 2014 from National Integrity Action. It is very relevant in light of Jamaica’s current economic situation and recent developments. Highlights are my own. National Integrity Action (NIA) Executive Director, Professor Trevor Munroe, makes urgent call for greater transparency and accountability as shortfalls continue in government tax revenue … More National Integrity Action Makes Urgent Call for Greater Transparency and Accountability