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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When five countries decide to exchange experiences and knowledge to improve the lives of the disabled, words such as disabilities, handicapées or discapacidades acquire the same meaning and idiomatic differences... Show More + pose no obstacles.Nineteen delegates for El Salvador, Haiti, Jamaica and Peru recently met in Quito to discuss the issue and learn about Ecuador’s Manuela Espejo program.The World Report on Disability estimates that more than one billion people in the world live with some type of disability.For three days, delegates shared several experiences, for example with the geo-referencing system, which enables disabled persons registered in the system to be located.Alex Camacho, secretary general of Ecuador’s Vice-president’s Office, underscored the importance of the ongoing exchange of experiences of the Manuela Espejo program in over eight countries and how the World Bank has become a strategic partner to achieve that objective.The delegations had the opportunity to talk with project 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 -