Reports

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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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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
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The Economic and Societal Costs of Sexuality Based Discrimination in Jamaica

Any country which wants to maximize the productivity of its workforce, and to harness the full potential of its people towards economic growth and development, must proactively reduce or eliminate discrimination against groups of people who are excluded from full participation as a result of that discrimination.

In Jamaica, where discrimination against LGBT people is rife and amply…

Researchers:
Saramaria Virri
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Beyond PET Bottles and Plastic Bags: Fixing Jamaica’s Environmental Regulatory Framework

Despite many public statements at the highest level assuring commitment to environmental protection and sustainability, the Jamaican government has failed to operationalize these promises. Deforestation, soil erosion, degradation of coastal ecosystems, over-fishing, poor air quality, poorly managed parks and protected areas, pollution of harbours, rivers, streams and aquifers, unplanned and…

Researchers:
CAPRI
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In Search of the Most Efficient Tax for Jamaica

A country’s ability to mobilize revenue through taxation (i.e. to have an effective tax system) is synonymous with its capacity to achieve sustainable growth and development. Through taxes, the state receives the funding necessary to perform its functions and duties effectively. As such, the first and often the main objective of a tax system is to generate sufficient revenue to finance public…

Researchers:
Shanike Smart
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Transparency, Growth and Transformation: Unleashing the Power of Open Government Data

Jamaica’s open data programme has advanced further than most of its counterparts in the Caribbean, placing it at the top of most regional rankings. In recent years there have been legislative developments (data protection legislation tabled; open data policy in development), infrastructural developments (portal), as well as capacity building through data training programmes. Despite recent…

Researchers:
CAPRI