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ERIC Number: EJ858236
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Oct
Pages: 3
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 2
ISSN: ISSN-1527-1803
Haiti's Economic Growth Initiative and CTE
Dimattina, Cara
Techniques: Connecting Education and Careers (J1), v84 n7 p34-36 Oct 2009
In a study by the World Bank in 1993, "Skills for Productivity: Vocational Education and Training in Developing Countries," researchers found that skill training in the rural and urban informal sectors in developing countries may contribute more to the alleviation of poverty than training for modern sector wage employment. They also found that in small low-income countries a strong participation by workers and employers in training and education was an effective way for programs to better respond to the needs of local businesses. An example of a program that has begun to put these principles into action is the Economic Growth Initiative for Haiti (EGI), a non-governmental organization (NGO) that offers a business development and mentoring program for university graduates just outside of Port au Prince. Its goal is to create and expand local entrepreneurship while also increasing opportunities for networking between the students and current local business owners. EGI offers two tracks for students, one for management and another for entrepreneurs. Both programs require that students take business courses from current business professionals for a full year, during which they are taught how to apply the lessons they learn to their current business plan or job. One factor that has helped this program to succeed is the emphasis on the community. It has made it the responsibility of community members to act as mentors and guides. With business plans that suit the needs of the Haitian culture and opportunities to network with community and business leaders from abroad, EGI participants become empowered and in control of their futures. Down the line this may help to attract foreign investment which could, ultimately, lead to increased prosperity for more Haitians.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Haiti