Development through improved Marketing.
All to often development efforts in developing countries do not have to impact that one expects with the investments that are made.
There are numerous theories to why this is so. These range from wrong targeting by the donor, lack of empowerment of the beneficiaries, inadequate technology transfer, exclusion of participants due to gender, politics or religion or even due to investment in production of items that have no relevance to the culture in which they are being promoted
Through my experience in the field it has been proven time and time again that improved marketing and business development that builds on local capacities while introducing new technologies and techniques, can transcend many cultural boundaries.
With improved businesses that people understand and own, men and women not only improve their income but also gain self-respect and confidence. And with an improved income the two young salesmen above might have a change at a proper education.
If you are interested in improved marketing and fair trade, try one of the links below for more information.
Started by myself while in Sri Lanka: the company works together with small scale farmers to produce organic coffee. The coffee is roasted and packed in Sri Lanka ensuring that the largest part f the income remains in the country.
Max Havelaar is originally a Dutch company that started to purchase coffee directly from small scale producers, cutting out the larger middlemen who controlled the prices. The coffee is slightly more expensive that other brands but ensures producers a stable income. The coffee is of a very high standard and is now sold widely in Europe
The Fair Trade Federation (FTF) is an association of fair trade wholesalers, retailers, and producers whose members are committed to providing fair wages and good employment opportunities to economically disadvantaged artisans and farmers worldwide.
Global exchange is a human rights organization dedicated to promoting environmental, political, and social justice around the world. The Website is concerned with Fair trade and world wide action campaigns
Find out how you can help in supporting Fair Trade practices on this new, informative and useful Oxfam web site
Why are Forest Garden Products special? Because they are certified as both organicfree of pesticides and chemical fertilizeras well as completely environmentally friendly. Forest Garden Products are grown in systems that promote biodiversity, on once-degraded land that is re-greened to approximate the structure and function of a natural forest.
Counterpart International is a non-profit international human development organization founded in 1965 as the Foundation for the Peoples of the South Pacific. Headquartered in Washington D.C. and working in more than 60 countries.
The Forest Stewardship Council is an international non-profit organization founded in 1993 to support environmentally appropriate, socially beneficial, and economically viable management of the world's forests.
Oxfam actively promotes Fair Trade. The Oxfam International web site with links to all national Oxfam sites around the world.
The Intermediate Technology Development Group ITDG strives to find practical solutions to poverty through improved Energy, Transport, Agro processing, Manufacturing, ICTs. Shelter, Disaster, reduction, Water & Sanitation, Small-scale Miners, Food production.
A Sustainable development site with models of different technologies, agriculture and production systems. In Spanish English and German.
The National Center for Appropriate Technology supplies information on sustainable agriculture, alternative energy uses. (note: very slow)
Founded in 1991 as a non-profit organization, DCAT draws on extensive experience in traditional and alternative building and development, providing strategic support for the shift to sustainable building practices
Appropriate Technology Transfer for Rural Areasis a sustainable farming information center operated by the private nonprofit National Center for Appropriate Technology (NCAT). ATTRA provides technical assistance to farmers, Extension agents, market gardeners, agricultural researchers,
Micro credit, BDS and Marketing
AFE is a non-profit organization established in 1991 to focus on small business development. AFE is committed to private sector development and believes that thriving businesses can create jobs, increase incomes, and result in long-lasting, positive impacts on communities, families and individuals. Excellent questionair formats and tools available!.
A Swiss based site with good information on Small Enterprise Development
Started in 1976, the Grameen bank has grown to be one of the largest micro credit organization in Bangladesh and has become a world wide example.
The Bangladesh Rural Advancement Committee provides micro credit to the rural and urban poor in Bangladesh.
Solidario (Banco Sol). provides financial services to micro-entrepreneurs
in Bolivia on a commercially viable and profit oriented strategy.
In 1995, ProFund Internacional (ProFund), seeks a high return on investment for its shareholders while promoting the growth of regulated and efficient financial intermediaries whose main target market is the small and microenterprises (SMEs) of Latin America and the Caribbean.
Fundes supports small businesses in Latin America through providing information, training and credit. The website shows Fundes' services (courses, consulting), offers downloadable documents, a directory of enterprises and countries' pages
International Development Organizations
Official site of the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Includes sections on the Netehrland international development policy.
SNV is a Dutch Development Organization that supports Private Sector Development and Natural Resource Management as well as Good Governance
GTZ is a government-owned corporation for international cooperation
with worldwide operations.
DFID is the UK Government
department responsible for promoting development and the reduction of poverty.
The DFID site explains this UK department's role in promoting
development and the reduction of poverty...
The Danish Agency for Development Assistance DANIDA is the Danish Agency for Development Assistance
JICA is the Japanese International Co-operation Agency .
The World Food Programme works in ensuring food security. When possible it uses food to help in the creation of assets and the establishment of income generating activities. WFP works through implementing partners that provide expertise on the above.
The International Labor Office ahs a wide ranging programme in business development. Ranging from the establishment of labor laws, support to micro credit organizations to business development services. Also see www.ilo.org/seed for info on small enterprise development
The International Finance Corporation (IFC) promotes sustainable private sector investment in developing countries as a way to reduce poverty and improve people's lives. IFC is a member of the World Bank Group and is headquartered in Washington, DC. It shares the primary objective of all World Bank Group institutions: to improve the quality of the lives of people in its developing member countries.
The United Nations Development Programme has numerous Micro Credit Support Programmes (Micro-Start) and other small-scale enterprise development initiatives.
The United Nations Capital Development Fund supports a wide range of projects throughout Africa and Asia. Working with a variety of innovative approaches in both local governance and micro finance initiatives
The Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations FAO supports a wide range of agricultural activities including erosion control, diversified crop production and post harvesting techniques.
The World Trade Organization (WTO) is the only global international organization dealing with the rules of trade between nations. At its heart are the WTO agreements, negotiated and signed by the bulk of the worlds trading nations and ratified in their parliaments. The goal is to help producers of goods and services, exporters, and importers conduct their business.
It claims to be working for sustainable development, but do macro economic policies block its way? See their opinion.
For a full overview of all UN Agencies see www.un.org
Established by OCHA , the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, this site provides some of the best and most recent vacancy announcements on the web.
Up to date information on recent development initiatives and new job opportunities
Free and prescription service to a wide range of jobs in international development.