Can Private Sector Innovation Provide 
an Adequate Solution to Haiti's Poor?
Haiti is the poorest country in the continent, and an unresolved development puzzle. Existing data illustrates the dimension of the challenge: Despite the fact that the country has grown at an average rate of 3.8% since the devastating earthquake in 2010, poverty continues to afflict over half of the population. In rural areas, where half of the population lives, only 10% of households have access to energy, 29% to water, 60% to health services and 73% to education. Few roads are paved. Cellphone penetration is high, but internet practically non-existent - the Haitian rural population is de facto excluded from the productivity gains of the digital revolution. Read More

Turning Night Into Light...
Re-Volt is an off-grid utility, and has 
introduced the first pay-as-you-go low voltage 
Direct Current (DC) Solar Home System (SHS) to Haiti. 

DloHaiti Inc. is a for-profit venture providing safe drinking water to consumers in under-served countries such as Haiti. View Chairman and CEO, Jim Chu's story above.
A young Haitian boy purchasing 
water from Dlo for his household.

Reducing Haiti's Carbon Footprint: D&E Green Enterprises
Reducing Haiti's Carbon Footprint...
Disaster Resilient Inexpensive Construction...
D&E Green Enterprises, the Haitian firm behind this initiative, seeks to break the cycle of energy poverty by specializing in the manufacture and distribution of low-cost, high-efficiency energy technologies for people living in the developing world. View more above.
Veerhouse Voda Haiti provides revolutionary technologies and building materials  using patented environmentally sensitive building techniques. Seventy-three per cent of the factory staff are Hatians and 100% of skilled and unskilled labor is also local. 
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The Evolution Continues...
Banane d'Haiti (BdH) is a commercial entity currently receiving technical assistance to develop a pilot farm that will demonstrate whether commercial production of bananas is viable in Haiti and if successful they have secured interest from the world's largest fresh fruit company, Dole Foods, Inc. The project will initially focus on the Logne region of south-western Haiti to introduce a production system new to Haiti as well as making it a new source country to the international banana trade. This initiative has a compelling "trade, not aid" story of Haitians working to alleviate poverty in their own country through business-based solutions. Read More

Kreyl Essence, a Haitian firm, believes that with the right positioning, its firm and by extension Haiti, has the potential to tap into a significant percent of the market for unrefined castor oil, and the related market for personal care items.  Late last month, the CEO and Founder of Kreyl Essence, Yve-Car Momperousse and her business were featured in Forbes. 

This article outlines an innovative approach to private sector development through intellectual property that can be applied to higher risk fragile state environments with limited upfront capital and infrastructure costs, whilst delivering additional income for producers. The article outlines two key lessons from investments made in Zimbabwe by Windward Commodities, a social enterprise based in Barbados and the UK, that have the potential for application to other fragile states including Haiti. Read More
What's Happening...

The main purpose of this study is to present the conceptual basis that supports science, technology, and innovation (STI) policy in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC). 
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