IDB's Kayla Grant presents critical data illustrating the Caribbean's gender gaps.
Gender, Innovation & Productivity 
in the Caribbean
More than 50% of firms in many Caribbean countries are owned by men.
These were the findings arising out of the Gender Gap in the Region: The Performance of Women-Led Firms study authored by Winston Moore, Roberta Rabellotti and Andrea Presbitero in January 2017.
Moreover, only three countries: Grenada, St. Vincent and the Grenadines and Jamaica, can boast of at least 20% of their firms being predominantly owned by females. The Caribbean firms mostly owned by women operate in textile, food, retail and restaurants sectors often characterized by low productivity and low growth.  Read More
Gender Equality: Innovation and Productivity
Tonni Brodber, UN Women Caribbean, makes a point during the one-day gender workshop. 

In Phase Two of its life cycle, Compete Caribbean is committed to ensuring gender equality.
To this end, a high-level consultation was held in Barbados on January 24 to discuss "The Role of Gender Equality in Promoting Innovation and Productivity" with the objective of:
  • Identifying measurable gender indicators that relate to enhancing productivity, innovation and competitiveness in the Caribbean
  • Identifying activities within the Compete Caribbean Partnership Facility's objectives that could be undertaken to impact those measurable gender indicators
  • Developing a monitoring and evaluation strategy for assessing gender indicators at the project level

Senior representatives from Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), Harvard University, UN Women, University of the West Indies (UWI), Department for International Development (DFID), Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) and Compete Caribbean made up an intensive think tank which explored gender in the Caribbean and practical responses to the gender disparity. Read More and also read about Compete Caribbean's Gender Focus Here

Nascent Entrepreneurs in Caribbean Small Island Developing States: Opportunity versus Necessity

Nascent entrepreneurship is important for economic growth and development since it often involves new firm creation and innovation. Besides the perceived ability to become an entrepreneur, determined by one's human, social and financial capital, individuals must have a willingness to become self-employed as exhibited by their entrepreneurial motivation. 

A distinction is made between opportunity or "pull" entrepreneurs who set up a business to take advantage of an identified opportunity and necessity or "push" entrepreneurs who are forced to start a business to escape unemployment or poverty. 

This paper investigates nascent entrepreneurship in a selection of Small Island Developing States of the Caribbean, along with differences between nascent opportunity and necessity entrepreneurs. Read More

Leave No One Behind  is a call to action for gender equality and women's economic empowerment originating from the first report by the United Nation's Secretary General's High-Level Panel on Women's Economic Empowerment 
This report serves to provide timely and salient information to the Compete Caribbean program as it begins to embark on Phase Two of its journey where gender equality in the Caribbean will be a top priority.
Based on the UN report, Jeni Klugman, Managing Director, Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace and Security and Fellow, Women and Public Policy Program Harvard Kennedy School, presented a global context on the relationship between women's economic empowerment and economic development/competitiveness to the Compete Caribbean Gender Workshop in January.
Klugman's presentation focused on the following drivers, which align to the theory of change of the Compete Caribbean Program:
  • Building Assets
  • Strengthening Visibility, collective voice and representation
  • Ensuring Legal Protection & Reforming Discriminatory Laws 
See full presentation  Here
Micro Level Data Influencing Productivity, Innovation & Growth in the Caribbean

Using micro-level data, this publication provides  new and insightful findings on the determinants  of firm innovation and productivity  in a region with scarce empirical research: The  Ca ribbean. Until very recently, the Caribbean did  not have internationally comparable, statistically  relevant data at the firm level to perform empirical  analysis of what drives firm performance and innovation.  The chapters that make up this publication  use two datasets to examine the impact of different  variables related to innovation and firm performance  that are of interest to regional policymakers.

The chapters are part of the "Cutting Edge Research  on Productivity, Technology and Innovation" r esearch project, which was coordinated  by the Competitiveness and Innovation Division of  the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB).   As a collection, the chapters seek to unearth  the relationship between different variables of  interest and their impact on innovation, productivity,  and/or performance at the firm level.1 In turn,  the variables of interest have been chosen to align  with major areas of concern for policymakers in the  Caribbean. 
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Project Management Techniques for Development Professionals

Learn project management best practices to promote economic and social development in Latin America and the Caribbean. 

Public institutions, non-governmental organizations, development agencies, and others who promote economic and social development in Latin America and the Caribbean often struggle to turn proposals into concrete realities that increase social well-being and achieve results within the available time with scarce resources.

This course provides concepts and tools to apply in project management that can generate a substantial change in the way objectives are being met. This MOOC seeks to strengthen participants' capacities in project management for development so that projects can be effectively and efficiently executed. 


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The YABT BOOTCAMP  is a resource center that provides young entrepreneurs with tools for the successful development of business plans, financial viability, marketing and marketing strategies, planning, administration and finance, among others, to foster the consolidation of business and business ideas.

A Digital Marketing Strategy  session will be held on February 8th, 2017 from 11:00 a.m and will feature p anelist: Nestor Romero Ramos.  The rapid evolution of digital marketing has made businesses more interested in expanding their presence on the Internet.  Although it is not just a sales strategy, it is also about customer interaction and retention, analysis tools and building communities. 

The session will address the various elements that make effective a digital marketing strategy aligned with the business model, from impact measurement, positioning and profitability to the business. Register  Here


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