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Pink Cab TT provides safer...

Pink Cab TT Provides Safer Commuting And Women Empowerment In The Caribbean.

Ladies, how many times have you felt uneasy and unsafe whilst travelling to and from your day-to-day destinations? Mothers, how hard is it to trust that your little one will get safely to school...
PanoGrama Webinar Series a Success

PanoGrama Webinar Series a Success

PanoGrama 2021 is going full speed ahead both onscreen and behind the scenes. Auditions were wrapped up recently and while the wait for the preliminaries is on, the PanoGrama Entertainment team cooked up something...
Stage set for PanoGrama 2021

Stage Set For PanoGrama 2021

We ready fi di road! The 2021 staging of the highly anticipated steelpan competition PanoGrama – The World Cup of Steelpan has hit the ground running and the preliminaries are coming your way soon....
Our vital liquid

Our Vital Liquid, Really?

This month we celebrate World Water Day and the United Nations has invited us to reflect on an increasingly meaningful question: What is water worth to you? Most, if not all, people would agree...
Road Safety in the Caribbean

Webinar: Road Safety in the Caribbean: A Safe System Approach to Saving Lives

On Thursday, March 25th, 2021 at 11am AST you are invited to cover a webinar hosted by The Transport Division of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), in partnership with the Trinidad and Tobago Ministry...
Re-imaging The Face of Lone Mothers

Re-imaging The Face Of Lone Mothers In Trinidad and Tobago

The beginning of the year is a time of reflection. Like the end of the year, it is time to reflect on what has made the past couple of months special. For Rachel O.S....
A Roadmap to Recovery:

A Roadmap to Recovery: The IDB’s “Build Forward Initiative”

With projections of slow economic recovery for the Caribbean, the Global Pandemic has exposed the societal and economic weaknesses of the Caribbean region. These sentiments were expressed at the 10th Annual Consultation with the...
Caribbean Sex Registry an Important Tool for Human Rights Defenders

Caribbean Sex Registry An Important Tool For Human Rights Defenders

Violence against women (VAG) is an ongoing issue in our society. In November and December, we usually raise awareness of the issues women face in terms of violence and crimes against them but we...
Discipline And Your Child’s Future

Discipline And Your Child’s Future

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Discipline is a touchy topic here in the Caribbean. On the one hand, most people are willing to acknowledge that there is such a thing as going too far. On the other, the lines...
Effort includes multi-donor facility expected to mobilize $1.5 billion The Caribbean Governors of the Inter-American Development Bank backed Build Forward, a $3.5 billion multi-year program to help Caribbean countries sustainably recover while making technological leaps that will bring about a transformational future. The initiative includes a multi-donor facility to provide targeted grant and concessional financing for smart and resilient projects. The facility is expected to mobilize $1.5 billion in resources for a series of activities that include advisory services, project preparation and catalyzing private capital for investments in resilient infrastructure, nature and disaster-risk based solutions. IDB management briefed Governors about Build Forward ahead of the Annual Meeting of IDB Group, which will take place March 17-21 in Barranquilla, Colombia, in a virtual format. Governors are the top decision-makers at the IDB – the Caribbean’s biggest provider of development finance. “We are thrilled to have donors join our Build Forward initiative, which will prepare the people and places of the Caribbean for the future we create together,” said Therese Turner-Jones, the IDB General Manager of the Department of the Caribbean Region. “Build forward is focused on giving citizens of the Caribbean the opportunity to thrive in the more digital future. It will provide better infrastructure services for all citizens, creating jobs, reducing poverty, and bringing much-needed advanced technology into the region.” At the meeting, IDB President Mauricio Claver-Carone presented his strategic vision for the Bank in the 2021-2025 period. Governors were briefed on the human and infrastructure potential of the Caribbean, and on the importance of reforming economic institutions to ensure a sustainable foundation for growth. Many Caribbean economies have been devastated by a tourism collapse caused by Covid-19, as well as a series of natural disasters. A key part of helping countries grow in ways that benefit all citizens is overcoming large infrastructure investment deficits, estimated at 5 percent of GDP for Latin America and the Caribbean. The multi-donor facility and other financing mechanisms will help governments finance key resilient investments at a time of limited fiscal space. Build Forward Besides the multi-donor facility, Build Forward will provide advisory services and work with countries to implement national investment plans, project banks and project prototypes. It will create strategic options to ensure that all investment assets are developed to maximise opportunities and minimize risks from climate change over their life span. It will provide advanced digital-based solutions in areas such as schools and hospitals, grid systems, highways and more. Build Forward will foster partnerships that link private sector investors to smart resilient investments that will yield returns and solve a development challenge. Depending on the need or specific project, Build Forward will dispatch experts in the field, provide training, supply equipment and provide financial assistance. Build Forward is also aiming to coordinate financing from multiple donors, including those participating in today’s announcement before the Governors. It will leverage partnerships with organisations such as the Caribbean Climate Smart Accelerator (CCSA) which is already supporting initiatives to build resilience in the region. Build Forward will provide the requisite preparation countries need to better withstand the effects of natural disasters. It will facilitate a smoother recovery process with reduced expenses for repairs and rebuilding after natural disasters. Overall, this initiative will minimize related consequences as a direct result of investing in smart and resilient solutions. The IDB finances operations and provides technical assistance to its six Caribbean member countries: Jamaica, The Bahamas, Barbados, Trinidad and Tobago, Guyana and Suriname. It also makes funding available through alliances to other Caribbean countries. Through an ongoing agreement with Caribbean Development Bank, funding will also be made available for nine countries grouped in the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States. About the IDB The Inter-American Development Bank is devoted to improving lives. Established in 1959, the IDB is a leading source of long-term financing for economic, social and institutional development in Latin America and the Caribbean. The IDB also conducts cutting-edge research and provides policy advice, technical assistance and training to public and private sector clients throughout the region.

IDB Announces Build Forward Initiative To Advance Technology And Resilience In Caribbean

Press Release: Effort includes multi-donor facility expected to mobilize $1.5 billion The Caribbean Governors of the Inter-American Development Bank-backed Build Forward, a $3.5 billion multi-year program to help Caribbean countries sustainably recover while making technological...

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