If global development experts cannot agree on the value and direction of current or future development goals, what can the U.S. do? It can start by empowering its own businesses to see African businesses as competitors and collaborators, and Africans as value-laden employees and employers.
Migrants from poor countries have a special power for change, as they can demonstrate through service to their homeland the power of Christ to transform lives. This can take place through business, church-planting, education, or many other channels.
Thomas Leonard—who has been blogging for Values & Capitalism for about a year—is headed to Paris, France to work for Mission Oikos, an organization that mobilizes migrant communities in the Paris metro area to serve the French-speaking African church.
On a recent trip to the Dominican Republic, I accompanied a group of donors to visit a few of the entrepreneurs served by HOPE International’s wonderful partner, Esperanza. One of the women we met wasn’t a typical success story.