June 17, 2021

Rescuing educational quality in Latin America & the Caribbean

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By Jorge Familiar Calderón From DaVibes If it hadn’t been for my sixth grade teacher, I probably would have never spelled correctly in Spanish. But when I quietly confessed to her one afternoon that I had never learned the rules that govern where and when to apply accents, those diacritical marks that can change the […]

Caribbean governments now insured against excess rainfall

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From Caribbean Catastrophe Risk Insurance Facility Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands, August 4, 2014 – The Caribbean Catastrophe Risk Insurance Facility (CCRIF) is pleased to announce that eight of its members have become the first countries to purchase its excess rainfall insurance coverage – for the 2014/2015 policy year. Developed by CCRIF and global reinsurer, Swiss […]

Jamaica gets US$20M to train 15,000 youth

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By Nelson A. King From Caribbean Life The World Bank says about 15,000 young Jamaicans will benefit from training, digital work opportunities and seed investments to boost the digital and animation industries in the country as a result of a US$ 20 million loan. The Washington-based financial institution said on July 18 that the loan […]

The new Bank of BRICS: What’s in it for small economies?

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By Sir Ronald Sanders From Huntington News It is news that should awaken the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) from their complacent attitude toward developing countries.   It is also news that should confirm to the G20 that what used to be the G7 – a group of the seven industrialised nations — […]

Despite Tighter External Conditions, Latin America and the Caribbean Hold Steady

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From The World Bank Remittances and Foreign Direct Investment provide more reliable flows Growth continues, albeit slow: 2.3% in 2014 Without productivity reforms the region could see social progress stall WASHINGTON – As international investors shift their focus back to advanced economies, particularly the United States, as a result of monetary policy normalization, emerging economies […]

90,000 Inner City Jamaicans to benefit from improved services and crime prevention

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By S Coward From World Bank WASHINGTON, March 14, 2014 – More than 80,000 Jamaican citizens will benefit from improved services, basic infrastructure and targeted crime and violence interventions in 18 vulnerable inner-city communities as a result of US$42 million project for integrated community development approved by the Bank’s Board of Directors today. “As we […]

Caribbean women in business: a trend or paradigm shift?

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From Pamela Coke-Hamilton Executive Director Caribbean Export March 7th, 2014  —  Across the globe and through the ages, women have experienced the disadvantages of existing in a patriarchal framework, which has designated them to a homemaker role, and continues to define the sex as a whole. Women in business are breaking that mould across the […]

Race on to save Caribbean banana industry from impact of climate change

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By Desmond Brown From caribbean360 The banana industry is a valuable source of foreign exchange for several Caribbean countries, including Dominica. LONDONDERRY, Dominica, Wednesday February 26, 2014, IPS – When Dean, the first storm of the 2007 Atlantic hurricane season, lashed Dominica on Aug. 16, it left behind a trail of destruction, claimed the lives […]

World Bank helping regional disaster preparedness and management

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From Caribbean360 In the past year, over 80 countries received Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery assistance in the form of financial or advisory support. WASHINGTON D.C., United States, Tuesday February 4, 2014, CMC – As the Caribbean grapples with the effects of climate change, the World Bank says it is helping the region […]