After four decades of little or not growth, the Jamaican economy is expected to grow at 1-2% over the medium term. The country is confronted by serious social issues that predominantly affect youth, such as high levels of crime and violence and high unemployment.
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WASHINGTON, March 14, 2014 – More than 80,000 Jamaican citizens will benefit from improved services, basic infrastructure and targeted crime and violence interventions in 18 vulnerable inner-city communities... Show More + as a result of US$42 million project for integrated community development approved by the Bank’s Board of Directors today.“As we strive to advance the targets of the Vision 2030; where access to reliable services and adequate infrastructure is the norm; enhancing community safety and security is a priority and these communities are places of choice to live, work, raise families and do business,” says Scarlette Gillings, Managing Director of the Jamaica Social Investment Fund.In the Kingston Metropolitan Area poverty has doubled in two years from seven percent in 2008 to more than 14 percent in 2010. Youth unemployment is on the rise, with more than 50 percent of young people unemployed. Homicides and other violent crimes rates is one of the highest in the Latin America and Caribbea Show Less -
From the formation of self-defense committees in Michoacán, Mexico and to the murder of a former Miss Venezuela, to gangs in Central America and the murder of police officers in Argentina at the hands... Show More + of criminals, the lack of citizen security continues to be a leading concern of Latin Americans. The United Nations has qualified crime and violence as an “epidemic” and considers the region to be the most insecure in the world. In 2012, one in three inhabitants in the region was a victim of a crime, mainly theft.Violence has a variety of causes, most of which are known. Solutions, however, are lacking. The World Bank Citizen Security Coordinator for Latin America and the Caribbean, Rodrigo Serrano-Berthet, gives us an overview of the situation of crime and violence in the region and proposes solutions to stem this scourge.Question: In recent years, citizen insecurity has been a major concern for Latin Americans. Why is that?Response: Because they have not managed to reduce the high Show Less -