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. On the American continent the Greater Caribbean Region includes the gulf states of the United States such as Florida, Louisiana and Eastern Texas all the way south to Belize, Costa Rica, Colombia and Venezuela. The Greater Caribbean Region also includes the islands that frame the Caribbean Sea, from the Windward and Leeward Islands to Hispaniola, Jamaica and Cuba.

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.

Hurricane recovery. TCI recognizes the economic and social importance of  small family farms and neighborhood gardens 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.  As government agencies focus hundreds of millions of dollars on the large scale commercial agricultural sector, small farms can get back on their feet quickly, often even before relief operations are ended.

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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Hurricane recovery in Haiti. Last year TCI’s friends and supporters funded the launch of a fruit tree program for Haitian farm families that were wiped out by Hurricane Matthew October 4, 2016.  After hurricane Matthew destroyed agricultural production in the south, which used to produce almost half of Haiti’s food, TCI designed an integrated food security and local governance program that distributes fruit trees to women farmers and gardeners in the hurricane impacted area. The program is going strong. We are helping this important area of Haiti get sustainably back on its feet and never face the prospect of famine again by supporting women farmers and gardeners through their community civic groups, which are now planning to start up their own profitable fruit tree nurseries. This is not a giveaway program, it’s a highly targeted sustainable development program, and with your help it is working!

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Hurricane recovery – Harvey, Irma: During the relief phase for hurricanes Harvey and Irma, TCI is gathering resources and recruiting field teams while collecting and analyzing data to determine how and where we can best support small farmer recovery, including the most effective ways to work with the local authorities of each impact zone. Each case is different, depending on available local institutions, small farmer organization, and environmental and economic realities .

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