Can your purchases have a better development impact?

By Catherine Cheney 19 January 2016

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

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Catherine Cheney covers the West Coast global development community for Devex. Since graduating from Yale University, where she earned bachelor's and master's degrees in political science, Catherine has worked as a reporter and editor for a range of publications including World Politics Review, POLITICO, and NationSwell, a media company and membership network she helped to build. She is also an ambassador for the Solutions Journalism Network and the Franklin Project at the Aspen Institute.

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