HARVARD PROJECT FOR SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT
The goal of HPSD is poverty reduction in the developing world through sustainable development and long-term commitment to communities.
We define “sustainable development” as the application of science and technology to provide lasting improvements in quality of life for the members of a particular community. Our work involves three broad types of sustainable programs:
1) Microfinance programs which will provide capital for the members of our partner communities that can be invested and turned into profit.
2) Public health initiatives which will improve the health and welfare of the members of our partner communities.
3) Educational opportunity incentives that will work towards increasing school attendance in our partner communities.
Our group has three broad components: a student organization at Harvard College called HPSD, a non-profit organization based in the United States (under development), and sustainable programs in the developing world. While in the United States, members of HPSD work to develop sustainable programs and raise funds for the implementation of these programs in the developing world. HPSD will create an environment that will foster new ideas and methods. Members of HPSD will also take an active role implementing programs that they have planned and raised funds to support. There will, therefore, be at least one trip to the developing world annually where these programs will be executed and past programs will be studied further.
A key aspect of HPSD is that its members will cultivate relationships with the members of its partner communities that are based on exchange, equality, mutuality, trust, and solidarity. To accomplish this, a physical presence in the communities is necessary. In addition to the annual trips, several of the membership will stay in the communities for extended periods.
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