ASAGLO Project. ASAGLO stands for Appui à la Securité Alimentaire et la Gouvernance Locale (Support to Food Security and Local Governance). This is an integrated food security and local governance program. TCI’s approach to recovery and resilience is to deliver material support and technical assistance through local institutions, building their community development capability and strengthening local governance while also helping to rebuild agricultural production and establish food security. In so doing, our program will complement and enhance the emergency relief effort by boost foor security while strengthening local organizations so that they can become effective partners to relief agencies. Our approach is based on the distribution of fruit trees to farmers and gardeners through local community groups, building their relationship of trust and ownership, and strengthening their organizational and management capacity. Distributing the fruit trees is a food security activity with important value chain implications, but the accompanying civic engagement and organizational capacity building activities are fundamental to strengthening local governance.
Technical and advisory: ASAGLO is being implemented with and through valuable partners in Haiti’s Grande Anse and South Departments. These include Place Charmante, in Jeremie, Headed by Bette Gebrian, Paradis des Indiens in Abricots, headed by Mica de Verteuil, and the Mayor and CASECs of Cavaillon, Haiti.
New Orleans Crime Reduction through Community Transformation. TCI is establishing a Community Empowerment & Transformation Program in several communities in the city of New Orleans, beginning with mid-city neighborhood of Gert Town. As youth are the largest percentage of both perpetrators and victims of inner city violent crime in New Orleans, the CET is built around the novel idea of a fully community-owned and youth-operated neighborhood development program. CET is designed to develop the communities’ ability to prevent conflict, interrupt the spread of violence, address social problems and build local economic opportunity. This is a 100% non-government, privately funded program that combines the latest innovations in community policing with straightforward community empowerment approaches to directly target the central issues of New Orleans’ most intractable crime problems. The CET works with the Committee for a Better New Orleans, Xavier University, the City Council of New Orleans, the New Orleans Police Department, the City of New Orleans’ NOLA For LIFE program, Tulane University, local community organizations and the New Orleans business community.
Technical and advisory: For the New Orleans Community Transformation Program we are grateful to Richard Campanella, Geographer and Historian at Tulane University; Keith Twitchell, CEO of the Committee for a Better New Orleans; Dr Reynold Verett President of Xavier College; The National Urban League; Meena Harris, Director of the National Gang Center at the Institute for Intergovernmental Research; Steven Bingler and Bobbie Hill, Concordia Inc; US Department of Justice Office of Community Oriented Police Services; NOLA For LIFE program of the New Orleans Department of Health; Deputy Police Commissioner Novelette Grant of the Jamaica Constabulary Force; Prof Anthony Harriott, Professor of Political Sociology and Director of the Institute of Criminal Justice and Security, University of the West Indies; Dr Herbert Gayle, Chairman of Fathers Inc. and Anthropologist of Social Violence, Dept of Sociology, University of the West Indies; The Caribbean Studies Association; The New Orleans Chamber of Commerce; and Anna Lellelid Esq., Social Justice Attorney, New Orleans.
Cuba Culture Economy Assessment. Under the general license mandated by the US Treasury Office of Foreign Assets Control TCI has begun the desk phase and Miami research component of an assessment of Cuba’s culture economy. Cuba in-country field research will take place in 2017. This large and complex initiative comprises a series of assessments, conferences and research activities to provide high value analyses of Cuba’s cultural sector including music, film, cuisine, and theater. Using TCI’s expertise and experience designing and managing complex sector assessments combined with our cross cutting capabilities in trade policy, value chain analysis and economic and social policy, the Cuba Culture Economy Assessment uses a value chain approach and covers the entire cultural sector beginning with the music industry. Comprising a series of reports, conferences, exhibits and events in New Orleans, Havana and other cities, the Cuba Cultural Economy Assessment will be particularly useful to firms interested in investing or trading in any aspect of Cuba’s vast culture economy including tourism, cultural services and cultural products. It will also provide baseline to track post-embargo changes in Cuba’s cultural economy. TCI’s Cuba Culture Economy Assessment is being conducted in association with the Fredman Music Business Institute, Tulane University, Duca Consulting, UNESCO, the Caribbean Studies Association and the Cuban Ministries of Culture, Economy and Labor.
Technical and advisory: For the Cuba CEA, TCI is grateful to our colleague Bill Taylor, CEO of the Fredman Institute; Ambassador Vicki Huddleston, former Director of the Project on on US Policy Toward Cuba at the Brookings Institution and Coordinator of Cuban Affairs for the US Department of State; Dr Ana Lopez, Director of Tulane University’s Cuba and Caribbean Studies Institute; The Caribbean Studies Association; The University of the West Indies; The Smithsonian Institution; Romualdo Gonzalez, Chairman, International Cuba Society; The US-Cuba Trade & Economic Council; The International Federation of Arts Councils and Culture Agencies; Oficina Nacional de Estadística e Información, Havana, Republica de Cuba; and the Methodology and Culture Units of the UNESCO Institute for Statistics – Montréal, Canada.
Finance/accounting and CFO services are provided by SJH CPA, LLC, 5825 Sunset Drive Suite 204, S. Miami, FL 33143.
All donations are tax deductible and spent 100% on program costs.