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No inflation, no cry. Jamaica’s central bank is using reggae to teach people about monetary policy. Learn more about this here.

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Harvesting and sale of ocean sponges——more broadly known as sponging——was one of the most prosperous industries in The Bahamas. But the market dwindled after an inefficient, disorganized supply chain, jeopardizing the livelihood of local communities.

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The country managed to reduce its homicide rate by almost three times in less than 20 years. How did it do it?

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A new digital platform is breaking with the traditional paradigm to teach math. By adding healthy competition to technological possibility, it is resulting in reduced educational gaps between rich and poor.

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Rising temperatures, pests and declining coffee prices are threatening the welfare of millions of small Latin American coffee producers and their families. What can we do about it?

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Eight out of ten people in Latin America and the Caribbean live in cities, a proportion higher than the European Union’s and behind only North America. Now, a network is working to connect these urban nodes and improve quality of life.

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One innovative company plans to bring the internet to 6 million people in rural Peru for the first time with the help of IDB Invest. That’s just the start of ambitions to help the region at large to log on.

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Ecuadorian agro-entrepreneur Dennis Brito has found a healthy market for his goldenberries – in Canada and Poland. He’s one of some 300,000 business persons who have found new international trade opportunities through ConnectAmericas.

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The Caribbean has an economic engine that’s waiting to be ignited: the creative industries. With paint and passion, Sheena Rose, one of Barbados' most innovative artists, is among those working to supply the needed spark.