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Inspired by the real stories of real people, Stories for Development conducts independent research on issues facing developing countries and marginalized people. We explore emerging issues facing marginalized people. We look at success stories in progressive countries, we investigate their applicability to the global periphery, and we share lessons learned. Our aim is to contribute to the dialogue on ways to improve peoples' lives.


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“When you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change.” - Wayne Dye

Research papers: 

Second generation return migration - The new face of brain circulation in the Caribbean

by Claudette Russell | February 2021

This paper explores the contribution that second generation return migrants are making to Caribbean migration patterns, and their potential to contribute economically and socially to the region. The research is based on an extensive review of literature on return migration as well as focused data collection from 18 second generation return migrants to various countries in the Caribbean. Collectively, this mix-method approach culminates in a migration narrative that suggests that second generation return migrants are poised to become an ever more important group of return migrants to the Caribbean. Download the full paper. 

A review of mentorship effects of youth in Canada

by Claudia Nicholson | March 2017


Youth mentoring is generally defined as a relationship between an experienced non-parental adult and a young protégé, This paper looks at the effects of formal and informal mentoring on youth outcomes. It reviews the characteristics of effective programs, the benefits that such programs can potentially offer to Canadian youth, and public policies that can encourage participation in mentoring programs. Download  ​

Future research: 

  • The ingenuity behind Barbuda’s creative land policy

  • Mauritius climb to middle income status

  • Free basic education in Mauritius

  • Singapore’s success in building a world-class education system in less than two decades

  • Integrating technical vocational education and training in the formal education system

  • The impact of second chance education on youth development

  • The role of sports in developing 21st century attitudes and skills in youth

  • Corruption in developing versus developed countries.

  • Plastic products as an existential threat to human development.

Creating a competitive and innovative education and training system in CARICOM

by Claudette Russell | January 2017


What are the characteristics of modern education and training systems around the world. This paper discusses the education and training system in CARICOM and its relationship with the social and economic needs of the region, It focuses on three key themes:  the structure and content of modern education and training systems, and the relationship between education and training with employment in the 21st century. Download  ​

Think pieces: 

Foreign land ownership in small island nations of the Caribbean

by Claudette Russell | December 2018


Foreign ownership of land has become a pressing public policy issue with the potential to undermine the sovereignty of countries in the Caribbean. This paper presents a case for more restrictions on land ownership by foreigners in the small island nations of the Caribbean to ensure that local buyers and future generations are not crowded out of land ownership. Download  ​

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