Reports

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Long Shot: Aiming to Reduce Vaccine Hesitancy

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…

Researchers:
Dr. Damien King
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Following the Money (Covid Edition): Transparency and Oversight in the Disbursement of Covid Funds

Across the world, as in Jamaica, the pandemic challenged governments’ capacity to manage resources effectively and equitably. With fiscal resources moving around on such a massive scale, civil society partners across 120 countries, including the Caribbean Policy Research Institute (CAPRI) in Jamaica, worked with the International Budget Partnership (IBP) to take a closer look at how governments…

Researchers:
Monique Graham
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Cheque In: Increasing Access to the Formal Financial System

Financial inclusion is a key element of poverty reduction and inclusive development. In seeking to improve citizens’ well-being and increase economic growth, financial inclusion enables individuals and businesses to build resilience and capitalize on economic opportunities. Notwithstanding these benefits, there are barriers to expanding access to and usage of the four functionalities that…

Researchers:
Monique Graham
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Time Out: The Impact of COVID on Education

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…

Researchers:
Stephanie Sewell
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Locked Down, Locked out: Vulnerable Communities During the Pandemic

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…

Researchers:
LauraJan Obermuller, PhD
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Sun, Sand, and Sustainability: The Way Forward for Caribbean Tourism (Revised - August 2021)

Before March 2020, the global tourism industry was in a pre-pandemic boom with continued growth projected for the Caribbean region. Categorised as one of the largest and fastest-growing economic sectors in the world, the tourist industry is acknowledged as a powerful catalyst for Social-economic development. In 2019, the sector contributed, directly and indirectly, a third of the region’s GDP.…

Researchers:
Ishtar Govia, PhD, Rochelle Amour, Janelle Robinson, Tiffany Palmer, Marissa Stubbs, Ezinne Nwankwo
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Mind the Gap: The Inadequacy of Mental Health Services for Children (Revised October 2021)

Jamaica’s children are in need of more and more available, specialized, and consistent mental health services. Most mental disorders that afflict adults have their genesis in childhood and adolescence. The first five years of life are the most critical with regard to brain development, including the development of emotional control and habitual ways of responding. Directing investments and efforts…

Researchers:
Toni-Ann Robinson
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Testing, Testing: Challenges to Measuring Social Programmes for At-Risk Youth

Despite the financial investment in social interventions for at- risk youth over the last several decades in Jamaica, the extent to which those interventions are effective is questionable as there has not been a noticeable nor sustained impact on the high rates of youth involved violence. Anti-violence interventions over the world, such as those that target at-risk youth to change their behaviour…

Researchers:
Joanna Callen
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Insult to Injury: The Impact of C-19 on Vulnerable Persons and Businesses

The socio-economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic in the Caribbean are non-neutral, affecting some persons and entities more than others, with vulnerable groups including children, youth, women and girls, the poor, informal sector workers and small businesses, being among the hardest hit. To curb the rapid transmission of the disease Non-Pharmaceutical Interventions (NPIs) – full and partial…

Researchers:
Miriam Self
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Stress Test: The Impact of the Pandemic on Domestic and Community Violence

The COVID-19 pandemic and response have wrought widespread changes in employment levels, household income, measures for keeping children safe, and daily life at the household and community level. Globally there are indications that the pandemic has led to an increase in certain types of violence. Given Jamaica’s pervasive violence problem, this trend raises concerns, and so ascertaining what impact…

Researchers:
Jenny Jones
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Come Mek Wi Hol Yuh Han:The Components of an Effective Social Safety Net for Jamaica
Researchers:
Monique Graham
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Fix the Village: Governance and Accountability for Children in State
This report examines the quality of state care for children in Jamaica. It focuses on the role that governance plays in the development and implementation of policies and programmes whose stated aim is to promote the best interests of children in need of care and protection. Consistent with many other low-resourced countries, Jamaica does not have a robust governance structure to coordinate and…
Researchers:
Leanne Levers, PhD