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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Different realities, similar difficultiesDenzil Thorpe, director of Social Security of Jamaica, explained how his country is developing an electronic registry of people with disabilities. “This visit,”... Show More + he said “has been an excellent opportunity to see how things are done in Ecuador to be able to replicate it.”The group leader of Haiti, Guerline Dardignac, said that her country hopes to attain achievements like those of Ecuador. “Currently in Haiti, we have no reliable data, no statistics that would allow us to identify how many people with disabilities there are and where they are. We want to make a registry to be able to develop public policy.”Cristhian Córdova, of the Peruvian National Council for the Integration of People with Disabilities, said: “In the area of disabilities, Ecuador is becoming a true laboratory for Latin America. In Peru, we have launched a pilot program to generate evidence so we can replicate the experience in the rest of the country.”While every country is diff Show Less -
February 23, 2011 – An estimated 210 million people are out of work worldwide, the highest level of unemployment ever recorded. Twelve months after a devastating earthquake, nearly one million Haitians... Show More + still live in tents or other temporary shelters. Food prices are spiking beyond the levels of the 2007-2008 food crisis, and the Arab world faces sweeping political change.People worldwide face greater uncertainty at a time when family support and other traditional safety nets have eroded. To better protect people in low- and middle-income countries from economic and social risks and boost their resilience, the World Bank is devising a new social protection and labor strategy that will guide its work with countries and development partners during the next 10 years.The Bank, which has just announced the start of its first round of global strategy consultations, views effective social protection and labor programs as central to its poverty-fighting, opportunity-creating development mission Show Less -