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April, 2022
Thematic Area: 

Education is arguably the most important factor in attaining national economic development. In any country, higher education is both a fundamental requirement in achieving a highly skilled labour force as well as an aspiration of many young people for their own personal development and social mobility. No country can achieve sustainable development without substantial investment in human capital. Despite this knowledge, inadequate and inequitable access to tertiary education remains a major developmental challenge in Jamaica. This report assesses the funding sources currently available for tertiary education in Jamaica and compares different tertiary education financing models.

March, 2022
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Jamaica began its COVID-19 vaccination programme in March 2021, but Jamaica’s vaccination rate is the second lowest in the Caribbean region, and despite an adequate supply of vaccines, demand remains low. Jamaica is almost certain to fail to reach the desired goal of vaccinating 65 percent of the population by March 31, 2022. This report aims to explore why the uptake of vaccines in Jamaica is so low and what we can do to improve this.

September, 2021
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Education plays a critical role in national development, at individual and societal levels. The disruption wrought by the pandemic ought to be reviewed, analysed, and understood so as to provide evidence-informed policy solutions to the resulting complex, critical problems that Jamaica faces. This report provides an evidence- informed account of what has happened to education, and to children, in the wave of the pandemic-induced school closures and the shift to remote teaching and learning. It does not seek to evaluate the education sector beyond what pertains directly to this unforeseen, singular, unpredictable, fluid event, the COVID-19 pandemic.

July, 2021
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COVID-19 pandemic’s principal impact on Jamaica has been hundreds of deaths, tens of thousands of people infected, and a disruption of livelihoods and the economy that has brought the greatest economic decline since the country started measuring it. Fifty-seven percent of Jamaican households saw a reduction in income between the onset of the coronavirus in March and September 2020, and some 40,000 households sought government aid, 5 percent of all households.

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