In the U.S. Virgin Islands (USVI), I suspect that a “reboot on the issues of collective action, transparency and informed decision making” during the disaster recovery process was the hope of only a small number of persons. I say that because few persons and institutions engaged around issues of collective action and informed decision making…[Read more]
Lloyd Gardner replied to the topic David Jessop's– The potentially destabilising effect of demographic change in the forum Other Communities 7 months, 2 weeks ago
The issue of vulnerability of Caribbean countries based on their demographic characteristics is complex and very troubling. The issues are not, or even mainly, about savings and investment potential. Having a population made up mainly of the old and very young is having a population that is extremely susceptible to even minor shocks. If the…[Read more]
Planning for the future requires having access to reliable information and data, using appropriate analytical methods, mobilizing an informed populace that is invested in the future of the community, and engaging in collective action towards some agreed future.
What does that mean in concrete terms, particularly in the context of anticipated…[Read more]
Lloyd Gardner replied to the topic A Vision of Development for the U.S. Virgin Islands in the forum Government 7 months, 2 weeks ago
A reader shared the following comment on economic development in the Territory:
“To me basic community development strategies would get economic activity in a higher gear. The government should immediately offer unused derelict properties, especially in districts with historic significance, for lease at terms and time frames attractive to the…[Read more]
Lloyd Gardner replied to the topic Risk and Regeneration Considerations in Any Development Agenda for the U.S. Virgin Islands in the forum Economy 7 months, 3 weeks ago
The article identifies micro and small enterprises (MSEs) in the creative and cottage industries as areas of potential economic growth for the U.S. Virgin Islands, which implies that some support is currently provided to MSEs in other sectors. Two initiatives for startups and small businesses were recently reported.
1. The StartUp Popular program…[Read more]
Lloyd Gardner replied to the topic Risk and Regeneration Considerations in Any Development Agenda for the U.S. Virgin Islands in the forum Economy 8 months, 1 week ago
The globally-agreed framework for reducing disaster risk, known as the Sendai Framework, is relevant to the current recovery and future disaster management efforts of the U.S. Virgin Islands.
Also, the Territory can learn from how other local governments are attempting to integrate hazard…[Read more]