Volume 7, Issue 5, October 2018, Page: 144-150
Sustainable Growth in Haiti: Creating Meaningful Change in the Developing World
Claire Elizabeth Haselhorst, Department of Agricultural & Biological Engineering, Purdue University, West Lafayette, USA
Robert Merton Stwalley III, Department of Agricultural & Biological Engineering, Purdue University, West Lafayette, USA
Received: Aug. 3, 2018;       Accepted: Sep. 7, 2018;       Published: Oct. 9, 2018
DOI: 10.11648/j.ijber.20180705.13      View  268      Downloads  20
Abstract
Recent tragedies have placed a global spotlight on the county of Haiti, which many observers believe to be a nation mired in incurable poverty. Many organizations in the developed world have previously engaged in various projects and relief efforts to improve the living conditions in the country and develop the infrastructure of the nation. However, some observers have questioned the sustainability and beneficial results of these efforts. There is a reasonable concern that some of these projects generate more harm than good. Strategically, it is necessary to consider whether sustainable development occurs through these efforts, and if not, what changes can be made to improve the benefits from outside intervention for people living in the developing world. This paper will provide a framework for that evaluation, by looking at the history of development efforts in Haiti, primarily through examining the nation under a lens of food security and resource development, two commonly accepted metrics for economic development. The paper will then explore suggested means of making future efforts more sustainable and effective using techniques that have had proven success elsewhere within the developing world. Finally, the paper will examine the specific focused efforts of personnel associated with the Village of Hope, a successful educational and health care NGO mission in Gantier. It will be demonstrated that much of the success of the Village of Hope is based upon their recognition of these fundamental effective development techniques.
Keywords
Economic Development, Food Security, Haiti, Resource Development, Sustainable Growth
To cite this article
Claire Elizabeth Haselhorst, Robert Merton Stwalley III, Sustainable Growth in Haiti: Creating Meaningful Change in the Developing World, International Journal of Business and Economics Research. Vol. 7, No. 5, 2018, pp. 144-150. doi: 10.11648/j.ijber.20180705.13
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