UNDP Launches Dashboard on Countries’ Preparedness and Vulnerability to COVID-19


My recent post on an Oxford University study seems to have stirred some interest (partly, I suspect, because of some Jamaican readers’ partisan political leanings!) On March 25, 2020, the University’s Blavatnik School of Governance launched its COVID-19 Government Response Tracker, (including a Stringency Index), which it describes as “the first ever tool to track and … More UNDP Launches Dashboard on Countries’ Preparedness and Vulnerability to COVID-19

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

Unfair and Unequal: New UNDP Report Sheds Light on Discontent in Latin America and the Caribbean


Well, not so much the Caribbean, you might think. However, in case we had not noticed, there have been rumblings in Dominica of late (politics and then some), and Haiti has seen a year of protests. As I noted in my previous post, “Poor People Fed Up”! There is a lot of discontent, in particular … More Unfair and Unequal: New UNDP Report Sheds Light on Discontent in Latin America and the Caribbean

Poor People Fed Up: UN Human Development Report 2019 Highlights Inequalities, in Jamaica and the Region


In 1996, the dancehall DJ Bounty Killa (real name: Rodney Basil Price) had a popular song called Poor People Fed Up.  It was an angry song. The Trench Town-born DJ pointed to poor people “surround by danger” from an unhealthy environment, violence and crime. He pointed the finger at uncaring politicians (“Long time the MP him … More Poor People Fed Up: UN Human Development Report 2019 Highlights Inequalities, in Jamaica and the Region

The Young Caribbean Water Entrepreneurs Shark Tank Competition


As I write, three outstanding young Jamaicans have been selected to attend the UN Youth Climate Summit on September 21 in New York. I spent some time with two of them recently at a climate change forum in rural Portland. Dainalyn Swaby was one of 100 young activists worldwide who won “Green Tickets.” The Japan Caribbean Climate … More The Young Caribbean Water Entrepreneurs Shark Tank Competition

Pilot Programme for Climate Resilience Supports Water Monitoring in Jamaica


Well, there are “nuff tings” happening in Jamaica as the country’s delegation gets ready to depart for the UN Climate Change Conference (COP23) in Bonn. I attended the “Pre-COP” meeting for stakeholders today in Kingston; it was a very full day. When it comes to climate finance, the Pilot Programme for Climate Resilience (PPCR) is making its … More Pilot Programme for Climate Resilience Supports Water Monitoring in Jamaica

International Biodiversity Day: United Nations Highlights Importance of Marine Protected Areas


Today (May 22) is International Day for Biological Diversity and the theme is, appropriately for this region, Biodiversity and Sustainable Tourism. What does much of our region’s tourism depend on? The Caribbean Sea. It’s a special place. Biodiversity – that wide range of species, plant and animal life in the sea and on land that helps to … More International Biodiversity Day: United Nations Highlights Importance of Marine Protected Areas