The constrained fiscal framework under which Jamaica has operated for an extended period of time is bearing fruit. There is a once-in-a-generation alignment of all the key macroeconomic indicators in the right direction, and with such economic gains come opportunities. The downward trajectory of the public debt as a share of GDP — projected to be 96 per cent at the end of FY 2018/19 — and the increased buoyancy of fiscal revenues have opened up fiscal space for government expenditure to be both growth-inducing and socially inclusive.
A year ago, hurricanes Irma and Maria wreaked havoc in the Caribbean, making small nations like Dominica lose more than 200% of its annual GDP in a matter of hours. Today, many countries are still rebuilding. With the threats of climate change – which increases the number and strength of extreme weather events – and another hurricane season already underway, these countries are undertaking a number of efforts.
In 2013, UNICEF Brazil and the Brazilian Government, via the Brazilian Cooperation Agency (ABC) of the Ministry of External Relations (MRE), joined efforts to foster Trilateral South-South Cooperation (TSSC) with other developing countries. This partnership was created to tap into the wealth of development experience, knowledge, skills and resources available in Brazil.
On Turks and Caicos Islands, the telltale signs of two category five storms lingered through February 2018, especially on Grand Turk and South Caicos, but men and women working shoulder to shoulder have been cleaning up, while earning some home-repair money.
A sum of $6 million has been allocated to the Integrated Social Protection and Labour Programme in the 2018/19 Estimates of Expenditure, now before the House of Representatives.
The project, which got under way in December 2012, aims to support the Government of Jamaica’s efforts to improve human capital and labour market outcomes for the poor by enhancing the efficiency and effectiveness of key social-protection programmes.
Salud Mesoamerica Initiative (SMI) is a unique results-based aid initiative that rewards countries for achieving health targets in the poorest municipalities in Mesoamerica. A partnership between private and public donors and governments, it offers lessons for philanthropists, corporate social responsibility teams, and bilateral donors about how to alter development assistance from the usual model of paying for inputs to a new one in which countries are paid for achieving results for their poorest populations.
The International Monetary Fund (IMF), in partnership with the Government of Jamaica, is organizing a high-level conference on Thursday, November 16, 2017 in Kingston, Jamaica. The conference is entitled "Unleashing Growth and Strengthening Resilience in the Caribbean" and will focus on the unique issues the Caribbean region is facing and the opportunities that can be found within to cope with the changing global landscape.
The St James Municipal Corporation has made provisions for the councillors aligned to the corporation to expend approximately $6.8 million to assist constituents with back-to-school purchases. According to Montego Bay's mayor, Councillor Homer Davis, each councillor has been allocated a total of $400,000 under the Municipal Social Assistance Programme/Fund to help families. The Municipal Social Assistance Programme/Fund, which was launched in June 2017, is an initiative of the Ministry of Local Government.
This paper summarizes the findings of the UNRISD–Commonwealth Secretariat research project on Social Policy in Small States. The findings are based on the in-depth country studies of several small states and of the cross-cutting issues that they face. It looked at small states in the Caribbean region (Barbados, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Jamaica, and Trinidad and Tobago), in the Pacific region (Fiji, Samoa, Solomon Islands and Vanuatu), the Indian Ocean (Mauritius and Seychelles) and the Mediterranean region (Malta).
The Government has budgeted $211 million to continue work to enhance the efficiency and effectiveness of key social protection programmes in the Ministry of Labour and Social Security. The allocation, contained in the 2017/18 Estimates of Expenditures now before the House of Representatives, will go towards the ‘Integrated Social Protection and Labour Programme,’ which is being funded by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB). It is focussed on improving human capital and labour market outcomes for the poor.