Hugh Locke delivering Fordham University’s Fall 2013 Gannon Lecture at the United Nations on November 15. Photo: Fordham/Taggart.
A few weeks ago I had the honor of delivering Fordham University’s Fall 2013 Gannon Lecture. The venue was the United Nations, and the talk was titled, “The Haiti Experiment: Development Breakthroughs That Could Change the World.” You can listen to it from an audio link and check out photos of the evening.
The lecture began with an exposition of three development failures I encountered in Haiti, but which affect the whole of the developing world: devastating loss of tree cover, the intentional collapse of domestic agriculture, and the near-total bankruptcy of foreign aid.
Combating these failures led to the three development breakthroughs that represent the substance of my work in Haiti, along with that of my colleague Timote Georges. These breakthroughs were the main thrust of my remarks to the distinguished audience gathered at the UN, and which I am summarizing here: