The Guyana Budget Policy Institute has expressed worry that the bankrupted state the A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance For Change (APNU/AFC) has left the treasury will make it that much harder for the incoming Government. On Saturday, the Institute’s Executive Director Dhanraj Singh said that the new Government must immediately confront the challenge of the economic distress made worse by the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
Across Guyana, students in Grade 5 and 6 who are in the pipeline to take the National Grade Six Assessment are without adequate learning materials while at home due to the current COVID-19 nation-wide lockdown. The lack of access to adequate and quality learning materials, particularly by students in low-income and poor families outside the urban areas put their education and hope for a successful career and life at risk. The Guyana Budget Policy Institute in partnerships with a team of students and teachers from Harvard University have stepped up to help fill this gap by providing access to high-quality materials tailored to the needs of the these students. See full article for how to access these materials and for details on how you can support this project. Together we can secure our children’s future.
A natural resource windfall is an opportunity to transform a poor economy. Unfortunately, it is also an opportunity for plunder. The struggle between these options is existential: for example, the same resource discovery, diamonds, propelled Botswana from poverty to affluence, and convulsed Sierra Leone into violence and destitution. In that struggle, the best defence is a critical mass of citizens who understand the issues. But that critical mass has to be built: the siren call of plunder has often been powerfully seductive, and some of the choices that turn out to be key are not obvious. This guide is a timely and well-crafted step in building that citizen understanding. Opinion-leaders in Guyana, both in politics and the media, now have a responsibility to give it the attention it warrants.