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In keeping with our mission, we wish to engage with a range of stakeholders for input on a shortlist of twelve (12) research proposals, exploring issues we deem critical in today’s society. We believe that consultation with and feedback from you on this research will improve the potential of our work to respond to the needs of vulnerable populations as well as the wider society. In particular, many of these proposals seek to enhance the capacity of civil society organizations to deliver initiatives geared towards development.

At the end of the presentation, attendees will be given the opportunity to provide initial feedback and rank each research proposal put forward.

From a national economic perspective, did the COVID-19 pandemic hit Jamaica at the "best" time?

It is estimated that 2.7 million children live in residential care (UNICEF 2017). Despite this unilateral agreement regarding the vulnerability of children and their placement in residential care as a means of protection, reports indicate that children in care are at increased risk of physical and psychological abuse and neglect.

CAPRI is engaged in research to assess the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic crisis and response on vulnerable groups in the Caribbean, including the poor, women and girls, children and youth, informal sector workers and micro and small business owners.

Inclusive growth seeks to reduce inequality across various outcomes (income, health and education) and opportunities (access to finances, education and jobs). In doing so, it spreads the wealth of economic growth to marginalized populations through an effective and efficient social protection system.

Abortion is illegal in Jamaica; it is, however, easily obtainable, albeit with varying degrees of safety. Complications from unsafe abortions burden the public health system and exact economic, societal, familial, and individual costs.

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the GoJ mandated the physical closure of all schools on March 13, 2020, forcing schools to move online and create remote learning strategies.

The research seeks to examine the issues surrounding the monitoring and evaluation of at-risk youth social interventions.

What is the best ownership, control, and management structure for the beleaguered, scandal-plagued, and seemingly inefficient government-owned PetroJam oil refinery?