Fabio Lavelanet is the co-founder and CEO of Fabrar Rice, Inc., a new 24-employee start-up that buys rice from local growers, parboils it, and mills it for sale on the local market. This is no ordinary development in Liberia, where two civil wars and Ebola have crippled progress and left its subsistence farmers among the poorest in the world.Meet Fabio
Aid is not the solution to poverty, people are.
The most effective aid programs support leaders in developing countries as they take action to lift themselves and their communities out of poverty. But too often certain kinds of US foreign aid are slow, bureaucratic, politically-driven, and implemented from the top down. And as a result, US aid is not building local systems that tap into the existing capacity and potential of developing countries to solve their own challenges. With citizens and governments in the driver’s seat, development finance can be effectively deployed to strengthen local systems and end the injustice of poverty.
Despite substantial development progress globally since 1996, hundreds of millions of people still live in extreme poverty.
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