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 ALL 193 MEMBER NATIONS OF THE UN AND THE VATICAN

HAVE SIGNED OFF ON THE UN SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GOALS

 -- 17 GOALS TO TRANSFORM OUR WORLD -- TO IMPACT HAITI AND BEYOND.


THE BUSINESS & SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT COMMISSION REPORTED THAT TENS OF TRILLIONS OF DOLLARS IN GLOBAL GROWTH -- AND 380 MILLION JOBS -- CAN BE CREATED FULFILLING THE SDGS.


THE SDGS WILL BE A SIGNIFICANT CHALLENGE,

BUT FJN'S PROVEN SUPPORT CAN HELP BUSINESSES AND THE CHURCH ACHIEVE THESE GOALS.


SO LET'S GET INSPIRED AND GET ENGAGED!

FJN'S LDC / 3-LEGS STRATEGY OFFERS A VALUABLE, PROVEN SOLUTION

The  Father Joseph Network's commitment to increase collaboration among

Fonkoze, University of Fondwa, APF/Raising Haiti, and Sisters of St. Anthony of Fonda, can make the SDGs come to fruition.


FJN is executing a 3-LEGS/LDC strategy consistent with the Business & Sustainable Development Commission framework and the strategies identified by the late C. K. Prahalad in his book,

"The Fortune At The Bottom Of The Pyramid, Eradicating Poverty Through Profits."

 Learn About FJN's LDC/3 Legs Strategy Below

3 LEGS STRATEGY CAN HELP FULFILL THE SDGS

The Three Legs initiative is the next stage in the evolution of the work of Father Joseph Philippe to uplift his fellow Haitians through the creation of wealth in rural Haiti.  “Think of a stool”. That’s the metaphor that Father Joseph uses to explain what it will take to generate wealth within Haiti’s 570 farm-based communities which comprise 75% of the country’s population. “A stool cannot stand upright if all three of its legs are not solid and strong”.

LEG 1 -- LOCAL DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEES:


The first leg is developing local grassroots organizations through the creation and training of Local Development Committees (LDCs) within each rural community.

These committees are trained by Asosyasyon Peyizan Fondwa (the Association of the Peasants of Fondwa - APF), a national organization with 30 years of experience and extraordinary accomplishments in Fondwa and beyond.


Currently APF has 30 LDCs in five states including the Artibonite Valley, Central Plateau, South-East, South and Grand’Anse and one small group in each one of the other five states.


FJN is in the process of creating and establishing a Local Development Committee (LDCs) in each of 572 rural communities.


With adequate funding, LDCs  can include providing economic development toolkits.


Through Local Development Committees (LDCs), APF aligns three groups of actors in each of the communities who are working for the benefit of the people, but who are working back-to-back vs. collaboratively:

1) Local Organizations, including as many as 6-12 local organizations;

2) Professionals, who come once or twice a year to work in the community;

3) Elected Officials of the Azek and Kazek governing bodies.


The LDCs are comprised of

five (5) people, including: two representatives of the local organizations; one professional who will make a commitment to live in the community for three years, and two elected officials from the local Azek and Kazek governing bodies.


APF will help the LDC manage the community resources through the leadership of a full-time APF Field Consultant / Animator and three students/ college graduates from University of Fondwa.


To manage the LDCs and genuinely fuel economic development, the LDC will require a 5-year budget.


The $75,000 annual budget is broken down as follows:

 $15,000 for University of Fondwa tuition for three students per year to attend the Agronomy, Veterinary and Business Schools;

 $25,000 for the LDC office, equipment, energy, training, animator salary and transportation.

 $10,000 for APF oversight, project management, and harnessing of resources from Fonkoze, University

of Fondwa, private partnerships and other organizations;

 $25,000 for pursuing

socio-economic investment activities.












Local Community Development

LEG 2 -- ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT:


The second leg of the stool is the creation of a model for economic development.    There is an urgent need to help identify resources at the local level and to provide sustainability through the development and maintenance of those resources within the local communities.


Small business projects launched by Fonkoze and APF in Fondwa provide models for the manner in which local organization and ingenuity can be combined to begin the process of wealth creation within Haiti’s myriad rural communities.


APF will work closely with the local LDCs, the community’s UNIF graduates and the university in an effort to create income producing ventures, sustainable businesses and economic development projects. 


3 Legs will encourage conversations about possible Economic Investment Activities and attempt to raise funding to help launch those initiatives which hold the greatest promise of sustainability.


Economic Investment Activities can include  “pre-packaged” economic development tools and opportunities such as:


`1.) Smart Smallholder Farming and Value Chain Support of such valuable crops as Sweet Potatoes


2.) Microgirds and Utility Entrepreneurship


Smart, Sweet Potato Farming & Value Chain Optimization

will include developing a toolkit of clean plants; growing resources such as farm implements, drip irrigation and smart farming technology; crop buy-backs; value-added manufacturing (including a children’s food program and nutrition bar); marketing; and sales.


This initiative will also include agri-business training; smart farming  "Internet of Things" technology; support for collaborative plant replications; tracking of outcomes in new metrics of crop-per-drop and yield-per-harvest; and producing optimum farm income and profits through instituting best practices from the U. S. and globally.


Community Microgrids & Utility Entrepreneurship

as a critical infrastructure and economic enabler. 


Resources will include solar panels, inverters, storage, equipment for installations, purpose-based applications such as solar irrigation and product manufacturing, and systems for administration, marketing and payment processing. (NOTE:  depending on the scope of the Microgrid, FJN and the LDCs may need additional funds for this.)


Beyond supplying empowering electricity, when deploying the Microgrid solution FJN will also enable Solar Utility entrepreneurs, including training illiterate women in solar panel installations and in operating utility-type businesses. 


Fonkoze Client

LEG 3 -- HIGHER EDUCATION:


At present Less than 1% of high school graduates in Haiti attend post-secondary education5.  Less than 25% of those who do complete college remain in Haiti. 


This brain-drain is among the worst in the world.


Further, university level education has been concentrated mostly in Haiti’s more populous centers and has done little to promote the principles of rural-based wealth creation.


So, in 2004, at the 200th anniversary of Haiti’s independence, Father Joseph presented his country with a gift in the form of the creation of the University of Fondwa (UNIF), Haiti’s only rural university. 


UNIF’s focus is providing higher education toward the specific goal of developing wealth in Haiti’s rural communities. 


The university offers three degrees - agronomy, veterinary medicine and business administration. 


While additional degree programs are planned, Father Joseph believes that these three disciplines provide the most fundamental foundation necessary for the creation of wealth within the farm-based communities of rural Haiti.  His hope is to return students educated in these respective fields to their home communities providing a growing resource of Haitian professionals throughout the 570 communal sections.


As of Fall 2016-17 the University of Fondwa serves some 90 students. Expansion to accommodate students from rural communities throughout the country is planned over the coming decade.


In late 2016, the Raising Haiti Foundation launched its Rural Development Scholarship Initiative (RDSI) as part of the 3 Legs project. 


The goal of the scholarship campaign is to raise funding in the US in order to provide qualified students from Haiti’s rural communities student loans to be forgiven (converted to scholarships) in exchange for three-years of post graduate service in the student’s home community.


The pilot phase of the project currently being implemented will add eighteen students selected by six respective Local Development committees for attendance began in the Spring of 2017.




















UNIF Students

NGOs, Corporations And Institutions Can Harness FJN's 3-Legs Strategy To Fulfill The UN SDGs.

FJN's 3-Legs Strategy Is Consistent With The BSDC Framework That The World-Renown Economist C.K. Prahalad Identified As A Beneficial Strategy For Eradicating Poverty And Enabling Societal Benefits:

"The Fortune At The Bottom Of The Pyramid -- Eradicating Poverty Through Profits."


"Prospective rewards include growth, profits, and incalculable contributions to humankind… investment at 'the bottom of the pyramid' means lifting billions of people out of poverty and desperation, averting the social decay, political chaos, terrorism, and environmental meltdown that is certain to continue if the gap between rich and poor countries continues to widen.”  C. K. Prahalad


"ERADICATING POVERTY THROUGH PROFIT"


Pahalad laid out a strategy much like the LDC and 3-Legs strategy being deployed by Father Joseph Network organizations.


CK Prahalad identified that businesses can profit by eradicating poverty at the "Bottom of the Economic Pyramid" (BOP),  and everyone will win -- including communities, individuals, NGOs, and the businesses themselves.    The economic impact was Identified as a $5 trillion (USD) global opportunity, in 2002.


PRAHALAD'S BOP STRATEGY EQUATES TO

THE FJN 3 LEGS/LDC INTIATIVE:


Prahalad identified that, rather than Enterprises or Multinational Corporations (MNCs) continuing to operate in their traditional business models, markets, and channels, if MNCs were to align with NGOs; community groups and other leaders within the BoP -- and with innovative financial institutions -- then MNCs could unearth, create and profit from many lucrative opportunities in the underserved markets. 



THIS IS THE FJN LDC-3-LEGS STRATEGY!


Prahalad noted local businesses, communities and supporting agencies would also benefit from Enterprises/Multi-National Company involvement and investment. 


FJN stands ready to help enterprises engage in a mutually beneficial BoP strategy, leveraging the collective experiences and expertise of Fonkoze, University of Fondwa, Raising Haiti/APF and Sisters of St. Anthony of Fondwa.


Enterprise-enabling systems represent significant income generating and industry creation opportunities in themselves:

  • E.g.: Soil sensors are a $20 billion (USD) market and would help build a “smart technology” infrastructure industry of distributors, installers and monitors

SDG goals of innovation, industry, gender equality, poverty reduction, wellbeing and more will also be addressed.


Importantly, the Father Joseph Network stands ready to help communities and corporations navigate the difficulties of working with grass roots communities.




The Christian Community Is Called To Fulfill The SDGs

And Can Help Lead The Effort With The Father Joseph Network

From a Christian faith perspective, more needs to be done to support the pursuit of the UN Sustainable Development Goals -- 17 Goals To Transform Our World -- including eradicating poverty, eliminating hunger,

enabling wellbeing and more, by 2030.


When Pope Francis said in his first Palm Sunday Homily, "With Christ, we can transform ourselves and the world," the Pope set the stage for fulfilling the UN SDGs. 

And since their inception in 2015, Pope Francis has been a vocal advocate

of key aspects of the transformative UN SDGs.


Indeed, working to transform the world is a key to Church teaching.


Scripture teaches us to feed the hungry, clothe the naked, comfort the sick, give water to those who thirst and more.


The USCCB Document On The Laity teaches us that

"All of the baptized are called to work toward the transformation of the world.” 


And Catholic Social Justice Teaching, "Walking In The Footsteps of Jesus,"

encourages us to:

Act (on an issue)... Reflect (on the root cause)... and Transform (the  situation and cause).


Indeed, we, the Body of Christ, are called to lead the fulfillment of the SDGs. 

While the SDGs are challenging, they really are achievable, if we would only make a deeper commitment and align resources.  such as the Father Joseph Network is doing.