About the Institute

The Caribbean Institute for Sustainable Devopment (TCI) is a non-profit (501c3) organization* whose purpose is to strengthen communities of the Greater Caribbean Region by increasing and improving citizens’ involvement in all areas of community life, including cultural expression, economic development, public safety and governance.

TCI was created in October 2010 by an international group of senior Caribbean and American anthropologists, economists, sociologists, and development professionals living and working throughout the Greater Caribbean Region. TCI is registered in Miami.

Our approach links community level governance to economic development, and we work with communities. We believe that economic development in communities starts with the civic engagement of community members. We believe that ownership creates value, which in turn attracts investment.

COVID-19 and Community Resilience. The COVID-19 pandemic is wreaking havoc on the communities and economies of the Caribbean region. It is particularly hard felt in the Caribbean due to the importance of tourism in the region’s economy and the trend, over the past several years, for investment dollars to move from local agriculture and mariculture to tourism. For the most part, however, Caribbean leaders have taken bold steps to get ahead of the pandemic with sweeping public health regulations such as social distancing and closure of nonessential enterprises. TCI supports community groups’ innovative efforts to strengthen ties among their members and within communities, even while vigorously promoting the social distance public health advisories that are needed to thwart community spread of the COVID-19 virus.

Hurricane recovery. Hurricane season will soon be upon us. After emergency relief comes post-disaster recovery. TCI recognizes the economic and social importance of  small family farms, neighborhood gardens and small enterprises and the role they can play in hurricane recovery. Small nearby producers can grow food faster and deliver it more cheaply than huge agricultural enterprises that require large processing and transportation infrastructure and have a high carbon footprint. Small enterprises are nimble and collectively they employ the largest number of people. Small farms and businesses can get back on their feet quickly, often even before relief operations are ended. Especially after COVID-19, small agricultural and fisheries enterprises will have a special role to play in the Caribbean.

For details and updates please check the blogposts regularly, and don’t hesitate to communicate with us.  No donation is too small to help. All our management is volunteer. All donations are tax deductible and spent 100% on program costs.      

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Remember: No donation is too small to help. All our management is volunteer. All donations are tax deductible and spent 100% on program costs.

TCI’s Certified Public Accountants provide our financial / accounting and CFO services. Our CPA is SJH CPA, LLC,  5825 Sunset Drive Suite 201,  S. Miami,  FL 33143.

*Public Charity Status 170(b)(1)(A)(vi).   EIN# 27-3710221