LSL World Initiative is a global organization dedicated to the
socio-economic empowerment of emerging countries,
with a proven track record of results that benefit the most vulnerable populations.
We help governments attain their sustainable development goals
in line with national needs and priorities.

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We think outside the box of traditional foreign aid to bring proven solutions that identify
new sources of revenues through innovative financing mechanisms.


However, we don’t have all the ideas, so we partner with others.


Our efforts to empower developing countries through technology and micro contributions to finance large development projects have brought us to the realisation that we must connect the dots of opportunity—seamlessly and innovatively. The only way we can do this successfully is through concerted and creative collaboration with others—bringing together businesses, creative individuals, NGOs, governments into smart partnerships that help us work as change agents to transform the lives of ordinary people like ourselves and impoverished communities. Quite simply people in need.



Our goals are lofty ones: the fight against poverty and diseases that can be prevented, the creation of economic opportunities and growth, helping needy children go to school, providing infrastructure such as roads to help simple farmers get their produce to market quickly and efficiently, increasing opportunities for self-realisation for women and children, addressing the effects of climate change—droughts and the lack of clean water and sanitation—there is need everywhere We cannot do this alone, we must join hands and form a chain of people who care.



LSL is committed to transforming communities so that their people can realise their full potential and become useful members of society—then they, in turn, can help others.

At the helm of LSL World Initiative is Laurent Salvador Lamothe

During Mr. Lamothe’s tenure as Prime Minister, he fostered a surge in direct foreign investment, tackled corruption, improved security and stability by expanding the police force by 30 percent, and implemented social programs that the World Bank study estimated raised 2 million Haitians out of extreme poverty. The 2010 earthquake that hit Haiti destroyed 1.5 million homes, while in office Mr. Lamothe was able to reduce that number down to 85,000.
A free education program that he spearheaded added a $1.50 surcharge to wire transfers, generating $1 million in funding for education each month. Elementary school attendance rose from 55 to 90 percent as a result, transforming the lives of 1.4 million children. Mr. Lamothe is now replicating that successful model on a global scale with his new company, LSL World Initiative.

Find out more about Mr Lamothe.

Information and Communication Technologies:
A Powerful Tool for Innovative Financing for Development

Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) represent one of the key means to achieve self reliance
through innovative funding mechanisms. These technologies can be leveraged as a powerful enabler
of good governance, state-building and socio-economic empowerment.

LSL advocates the use of technology and micro-surcharges with minimal impact on population to
finance large development projects.

Imagine if the richest countries in the world were applying a micro-surcharge on international voice traffic, how much money they would contribute to innovative financing for the poorest countries.

Total international voice traffic grew by 6 percent in 2013, to 542 billion minutes. TeleGeography projects 2014 volume to reach 569 billion minutes. Traditional time division multiplexed (TDM) international traffic grew 2 percent in 2013, to 335 billion minutes, while traffic transported by carriers via Voice over IP (VoIP) grew 12 percent, to 207 billion minutes (see Figure: International Call Volumes and Growth Rates, 1994-2014).
South Asia and Africa have been the fastest-growing markets in recent years. Between 2008 and 2013, traffic from and to South Asia grew at a compounded annual rate of 19 and 18 percent, respectively, while traffic to Africa grew 14 percent, and traffic from Africa grew 18 percent. Conversely, traffic to and from the U.S. & Canada, Western Europe, and Oceania have all grown at rates of just two to four percent annually between 2008 and 2013. Despite this rapid growth, per-capita traffic volumes in these regions remain small: all the countries of Africa combined generated less traffic than France alone.
With regards to the 569 billion minutes (2014), we refer to the following micro-surcharges:
  • US$ 5,690,000,000 / 1¢
  • US$ 28,450,000,000 / 5 ¢

Contact us for more information.