For the poor and vulnerable of the world, jobs are key to ending poverty and driving development. But not all jobs are equally transformational.  Photo: Jonathan Ernst / World Bank Jobs are what…

Alvaro Gonzalez |

  On a recent trip to the Caribbean, I was in a meeting at the Ministry of Finance of one of the region’s largest economies. The topic under discussion was all too familiar: the difficulty of…

Paul da Rita |

The BMR Jamaica Wind project,  Jamaica’s largest private-sector renewable energy project. Photo: IFC Last month, a new wind farm began spinning its blades in Jamaica. At 36 megawatts (MW) it…

Kruskaia Sierra-Escalante |

Emilienne Isenady poses while showing off the crops on her land in Lascahobas, Central Plateau, Haiti. “If I knew that avocados had value, I would plant more of them, ” says Emilienne Isenady, a…

Cecile Fruman, Maria Kim |

Street scene in Delmas, Haiti “Plantain nu eat like rice” — a Caribbean saying roughly translated as “Make do with what is available to you” — applies to the region’s experience with public-…

Luciana Guimaraes Drummond E Silva |

After managing businesses in television and tourism, Shirley Lindo returned to Jamaica with a desire to create a community-enriching enterprise. As the daughter of a St. Ann farmer, she chose…

Michael Grant |

Five years after a devastating earthquake hit Haiti’s capital and nearby towns on January 12, 2010, killing up to 230, 000 people, the country continues to rebuild and the Haitian people show…

Isabelle Schaefer, Christelle Chapoy |

​Small and medium sized companies are the backbone of Latin America’s economy. They represent more than 90 percent of all enterprises in the region, generating over half of all jobs and a quarter…

Irene Arias |

Things are looking up in Haiti as the country continues to rebuild from the devastating 2010 earthquake. And part of this progress is a story of trade. The Haitian government recognizes this, and…

Calvin Djiofack Zebaze, Miles McKenna |

The United Nations has declared 2014 as the International Year of Small Island Developing States (SIDS), in recognition of the contributions this group of countries has made to the world, and to…

Ivan Rossignol |