From Aid to Trade

How Aid Organizations, Businesses, and Governments Can Work Together: Lessons Learned From Haiti

Daniel Jean-Louis & Jacqueline Klamer

After the devastating 2010 Haiti earthquake, we observed first-hand the negative consequences of donations provided with the sincerest of good intentions—yet ultimately undermined local industries and wiped out jobs. Based on primary research, in-depth case studies, and personal experience, From Aid to Trade offers practical, achievable solutions to help Haiti—and other developing countries grow more viable economies by:

  • building on innovative businesses and existing market-based systems
  • equipping NGOs and governments to work with local businesses to meet needs and demand
  • recognizing that growing out of poverty requires entrepreneurial solutions that drive self-sustainable economic growth

Ambitious and optimistic, From Aid to Trade confronts the inadequacies of current foreign aid strategies and offers a clear means of economic and personal growth for individuals seeking a positive future for Haiti and other developing countries.

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