Walter Russell Mead:
These requirements are sadly typical. A new piece in the Wall Street Journal details how a number of other cities are treading a similar path, drafting a byzantine system of regulations on street food vendors and imposing harsh penalties for those who fail to comply. What’s worse, though, is the rationale for these decisions, which often boils down to fears of “unjust” competition by brick-and-mortar enterprises….
This is pointless, self-destructive policy, not only because it’s keeping downtown office workers from delicious street food, but also because it makes it harder for small, undercapitalized entrepreneurs to employ themselves—exactly the kind of people cities should be helping, not hurting.
via Cities Declare War on Food Trucks | Via Meadia.
Daniel Jean-Louis and Jacqueline Klamer:
And thousands of Haitians lost their jobs.
In the weeks following, local corner store pharmacies couldn’t compete with the donated pain relievers, hydrogen peroxides, and vitamins imported and distributed by international non-profit organizations. Many shops that usually have a consistent client-base were wiped out. Other small businesses, including corner stores that filter water in 5-gallon buckets, couldn’t compete against free water distributed throughout the temporary tent camps and houses intact.
Yet, it wasn’t just the corner stores that were impacted by the influx of free donated products. It was also the Haitian hospitals and Haitian doctors, nurses and therapists. Months later, when non-profit organizations argued that the Haitian clinics needed to continue providing their services for free (even though patients were no longer coming in for emergency care, but rather normal annual check-ups or a mild sore throat), many doctor’s offices and even hospitals went out of business.
People around the world chose to help Haiti through aid. But these efforts produced many unintended consequences that hurt Haitians.
It’s important to note here that we are not aid-bashers. Aid is not a problem in itself. In fact, Christians are called in Scripture to care for their neighbor, the weak, the widow and orphan. The issue is the way current aid models are practiced in Haiti’s market-based economy. After all, sometimes the widow and orphan own a business.
via Feature Article: Sometimes the Widow and the Orphan Own a Business | Eden’s Bridge.
International Wholistic Missions Conference, January 9-11, Phoenix, Arizona (location: Christ’s Church of the Valley):
POVERTY ALLEVIATION AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT
Dean — Brian Fikkert, The Chalmers Center
Wednesday 5:00p — Jobs Preparedness Programs
Thursday 8:30a — Rudy Carrasco, Partners Worldwide — “Creating Businesses that Provide Real Jobs in North America”
9:45a — Jerilyn Sanders, The Chalmers Center for Economic Development — “Financial Literacy and Wealth Building Strategies in North America.”
2:15p — Dr. Russ Mask, The Chalmers Center for Economic Development – “Micro-finance as Ministry in the Majority World”
3:30p — Dr. Russ Mask, The Chalmers Center for Economic Development — “Financial Literacy and Micro-enterprise Management Development Training in the Majority World”
4:45p — Rudy Carrasco, Partners Worldwide — “Creating Businesses that Provide Real Jobs in the Majority World”
Friday 8:30a — Jason Law, 1Mission — “Turning Highly Dependent Communities Toward Self Sustainability”
via Poverty Alleviation and Economic Development | Wholistic Missions.