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February, 2023
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The Violence Prevention Alliance is a critical organization in Jamaica, working to collect violence-related data according to the public health model of violence prevention. This data is crucial for understanding the root causes of violence in our communities and implemented targeted, effective prevention strategies.

As a well-regarded Jamaican public policy think tank, we have a responsibility to support organizations that are making a positive impact in our community. Providing capacity-building support to VPA will not only help them to continue their important work, but will also ultimately benefit our society as a whole by reducing the impact of violence on our communities. We believe that by investing in organizations like VPA, we can help create a safer and more peaceful Jamaica.

January, 2023
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Employer-provided care support for workers with care obligations could be one solution to Jamaica’s productivity and labour market challenges. In Jamaica, however, there is no provision of public services or infrastructure to support unpaid care and domestic work obligations. Internationally, the data supports the proposition that both employees and employers’ benefit when employers provide support for their workers’ care obligations. Where those gains result in increased output and productivity, the broader economy also stands to benefit.

July, 2022
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Jamaica has the second-highest rate of femicide (intentional homicide of females) and one of the world's highest rates of intimate partner violence. While the causes of GBV are complex, cultural attitudes have been found to contribute significantly to the scale and nature of violence against women and girls, and the reactions and responses to it. There is a proven link between media consumption and cultural attitudes, with the news media playing a key role in the development and reinforcement of social beliefs, individual behaviours, and policy development.

April, 2022
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Education is arguably the most important factor in attaining national economic development. In any country, higher education is both a fundamental requirement in achieving a highly skilled labour force as well as an aspiration of many young people for their own personal development and social mobility. No country can achieve sustainable development without substantial investment in human capital. Despite this knowledge, inadequate and inequitable access to tertiary education remains a major developmental challenge in Jamaica. This report assesses the funding sources currently available for tertiary education in Jamaica and compares different tertiary education financing models.

March, 2022
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Jamaica began its COVID-19 vaccination programme in March 2021, but Jamaica’s vaccination rate is the second lowest in the Caribbean region, and despite an adequate supply of vaccines, demand remains low. Jamaica is almost certain to fail to reach the desired goal of vaccinating 65 percent of the population by March 31, 2022. This report aims to explore why the uptake of vaccines in Jamaica is so low and what we can do to improve this.

September, 2021
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Education plays a critical role in national development, at individual and societal levels. The disruption wrought by the pandemic ought to be reviewed, analysed, and understood so as to provide evidence-informed policy solutions to the resulting complex, critical problems that Jamaica faces. This report provides an evidence- informed account of what has happened to education, and to children, in the wave of the pandemic-induced school closures and the shift to remote teaching and learning. It does not seek to evaluate the education sector beyond what pertains directly to this unforeseen, singular, unpredictable, fluid event, the COVID-19 pandemic.