Can your purchases have a better development impact?

How can you support developing countries with the products you buy? Devex asked some experts.

People increasingly think about where the things they buy come from, but how can a person determine how to pick the products that best help the communities in developing countries?

Devex spoke with a range of experts about what to consider if you want to support developing countries with the dollars you spend. Their tips including learning what your labels mean then going beyond them, and opting for brands that view their global impact as core to business rather than merely charity.

Watch the video above, check out tools like Slavery Footprint and GoodGuide, and share your advice.

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About the author

  • Catherine Cheney

    Catherine Cheney is a Senior Reporter for Devex. She covers the West Coast of the U.S., focusing on the role of technology, innovation, and philanthropy in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals. And she frequently represents Devex as a speaker and moderator. Prior to joining Devex, Catherine earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Yale University, worked as a web producer for POLITICO and reporter for World Politics Review, and helped to launch NationSwell. Catherine has reported domestically and internationally for outlets including The Atlantic and the Washington Post. Outside of her own reporting, Catherine also supports other journalists to cover what is working, through her work with the Solutions Journalism Network.