What is EDAI?
EDAI is an economic development
fund for Native Peoples in North,
Central and South America.
The goal of EDAI (Economic
Development for Amerindians) is to
provide - within its means - initial
support for economic projects.
The projects are to be initiated by
native people established in
harmony with Amerindian traditions,
providing for a better material and
EDAI also provides information on
Aboriginal economic issues.
EDAI is based in Zürich, Switzerland.
Heinz Lippuner, Prof. Dr.phil.
Peter R. Gerber, Dr. phil.
EDAI’s major focus
The initiative to establish EDAI has come through the needs of a
group of Native women living on the Wabauskang Reserve in
Ontario/Canada. Without seed capital, they were unable to get a
loan from the Government of Canada for their blueberry
project.The successful production and marketing of wildrice by
these women proves, that projects initiated by Native people have
a much broader effect than those developed without native
participation. Furthermore it is beneficial if people control their
Native peoples in the Americas are loosing their subsistence
economy. They need initial support to establish small economic
projects. This is provided by EDAI. EDAI expert facilitators
guarantee a competent project selection and followup. The
administrative expenses are kept to a minimum, due to the
volunteer work carried out by EDAI facilitators.
If you would like to support EDAI:
- with donations for EDAI’s activities
- with your membership subscription
(annual fee: $ 20,00)
please contact EDAI
c/o Dr. Peter R. Gerber
CH- 8032 Zuerich/Switzerland
As a member of EDAI you are entitled to receive
EDAI’s declaration of principles and articles as
well as periodical information about its activities.
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