‘Trade vs. Aid’ : Needs a Diet

No Ice Cream for You!

Growing up I was obese and ever since I’ve been conscious of my diet.  I’ve yo-yoed a bit over 15 years but on average I’ve kept my weight at a slim 170′ pounds.

If you go on a diet – seriously – there are some things you need to do.  First, purge your refrigerator and cupboards of junk food.  Second, decide on a simple eating plan and stick to it patiently and persistently.

After college, I worked and lived with my father on several occasions. We would fight because he would fill the house with candy and ice cream and I would throw it out.  He would antagonize or accuse me of lacking willpower, I should simply learn to say ‘no’ to junk food.

Get serious!  Our ‘environments’ affect our behaviors, and most of us don’t have the willpower to surround ourselves with people, food, and places that don’t align with our goals and still achieve them.

Everything you see, hear, smell, taste, and touch is an environment. And those environments are either adding energy or draining energy. — Jim Bunch

Trade vs. Aid : Needs a Diet First

The developed world has donated ‘billions’ of dollars to Africa with little benefit to the people for whom it is intended.  Maybe it’s a combination of aid organizations ignoring local stakeholders real needs, myopic economic policy, or political systems that reward corruption.  But the results have been abysmal.

‘Trade’, or making more efforts at inspiring entrepreneurship has been the development industries battle cry since I can remember.  ‘Give a man a fish and he eats for a day, teach a man to fish and he eats for a lifetime.’

Sounds great!  But sadly it’s not worth going fishing if the lakes still polluted.

If we’re serious about ‘economic development goals’ the first step is to help ‘communities’ purge their systems of junk.  It’s not as fun as brokering trade deals with China but it’s the truth.

The desired goals are the byproduct of healthy ‘investment ‘environments’.

My name is Chris.  I’m a lab rat with the worldinnovationteam.com and I run tripstigator.com— a community of travelers that exchange marketing skills for authentic experiences that make a difference.