World Bank

  • Shaping the Future from the Present: Can Wage Subsidy help?

    In the last decade, developing countries have been examining the feasibility of introducing wage subsidies as part of an active labour market programme to address issues of employment and skills development.  In a general sense, wage subsidy is often used as part of a public policy instrument aimed at...
  • Five ways COVID-19 has changed the world

    The world has been given a radical shake up by COVID-19. On March 11, 2020, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the novel coronavirus a global pandemic and within 30 days the world turned upside down. The microscopic, invisible pathogen forced governments and central banks to temporarily set aside...
  • This Is A Decade For Serious Choices

    Jamaica has long faced three major problems — crime (gun crime), financial security/national fiscal independence, and food security/land security. Though our governments, past and present, have tried (some more than others) to tackle these problems, they persist and have become more acute. Despite measures intended to secure physical security,...
  • “Every Where Wi Tun Macca Jook Wi”

     The Year 2020 will mark 25 years since the United Nations’ 4th World Conference on Women in Beijing, China. The Platform for Action detailing Twelve (12) Critical Areas of Concern was adopted.  The PFA is still hailed by many as the most comprehensive commitments made by States towards the...
  • Investment – serious business that demands transparency

    The concept of gifts, loans, public/private partnerships (PPP), and investments, and the reluctance to define their true status in specific cases presents a clear opportunity for obfuscation and clouding of topics that should be transparent. The clarity is very necessary for accounting for public funds, and in many ways...
  • Balancing our democracy – Part I

    Globally, the participation of women and men in formal or informal decision-making structures differs between countries and is generally male-dominated. Many factors contend — cultural, economic, social, institutional, political and other forces combine to actively limit women’s equal access to power and decision-making. The World Bank, in its 2012...