Concrete solutions for the poor keep getting mentioned…
Another day at the LDC conference in Turkey and more discussion about solutions for international development.
“Governments of poor countries should boost their own development efforts while the international community should respect these countries’ priorities and aspirations, better appreciate the difficulties they are facing, and provide concrete solutions to their most-urgent needs”. This is a quote from a Chinese development official as he addressed the Istanbul attendees.
The main topics of discussion and the focus of the LDC meetings seem to boil down to four items:
- Poverty reduction
- Job creation
- Infrastructure development
- Economic self-sufficiency.
“Concrete solutions” found in real concrete.
The conference continues to suggest that concerned groups must use their resources to give more of a hand-up rather than a hand-out in order to find sustainable results.
We completely agree…
Consider what would happen in a country like Haiti, if NGO’s financed local entrepreneurs so that they could join the concrete supply chain. Then envision government sponsored construction-skills training for those who qualify as a concrete supplier. Next, these same Haitian small business owners could receive the contracts that various NGO’s and governments are providing in an effort to rebuild the country.
The end result would be more jobs, more people becoming self-sufficient and more trustworthy building structures in every corner of the country.
What if this happened hundreds of times, in all parts of the concrete supply chain? Aggregate mining businesses, material transportation enterprises, engineering QC laboratories, ready-mix suppliers, block manufacturing locations, building material suppliers and contractors of all stripes.
The hand-up in the concrete sector would quickly rebuild the infrastructure and raise the standard of living for many determined workers. With a “kick-start” from our generous financial aid, these entrepreneurs can in turn provide a hand-up to others and make a real dent in poverty.
The LDC event in Turkey may yield some interesting concrete solutions, but we suggest that they focus on a foundation of concrete entrepreneurs. What are your thoughts?