Yesterday the Center for Economic and Policy Research launched a new blog that will follow the relief and reconstruction efforts in Haiti: “Haiti: Relief and Reconstruction Watch“.
Haiti’s poverty, as has been well known for more than two centuries, is not so much a result of natural disasters or other characteristics of the country, as it is the result of the intervention of foreign powers. This has been true in recent years as well: from 2000-2004, the United States, in collaboration with other allies, cut off nearly all international aid to Haiti in an effort that wrecked the economy and succeeded in toppling the elected government.
The blog will keep track of current relief and reconstruction efforts with an eye towards ensuring that such efforts are oriented toward the most urgent and important needs of the Haitian people, and that aid is not used to undermine Haitians’ right to self-determination.
CEPR will update the blog regularly with breaking news, commentary and analysis.
CEPR encourages those involved in the aid and relief efforts, those with contacts on the ground, or anyone who has comments or suggestions to e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We will respect anonymity as requested.