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Successful Reconstruction Includes Haitian Partners and Ideas

This article analyzes the stages of reconstruction in Haiti after the 2010 earthquake and explains why those leading the efforts must collaborate with Haitians in order to be successful.

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Haiti: Linking up local resourcefulness and development assistance

Jean-Bernard Véron, Ideas for Development
January 8, 2015

Haïti mars 2011

The humanitarian stage, yes, but after?

In the aftermath of the earthquake, the international community rushed to provide its support. Dozens of aid agencies, hundreds of NGOs and thousands of good intentions, particularly on the part of the Haitian diaspora, arrived in Haiti.

The food contributions, healthcare delivery and installation of temporary shelters have saved a number of lives, as have the treatment centers when the cholera epidemic broke out.

What is the next stage? This is indeed the question that is now raised. There are many answers to this question. It is indeed not only a question of reconstruction, but also of helping this country to finally embark on the path to development. This means stemming the rise in poverty, reducing inequalities between a highly prosperous oligarchy and a population that is often at the limits of survival, giving the State the capacity to conduct its missions, and restoring a devastated environment.

However, by trying to do too many things at once, there is a high risk of achieving nothing. Consequently, it is necessary to make a choice and the one that is upheld here is called “boss masons”, agriculture and the informal economy.

Reconstruct, yes, but using their methods

Individual homes, buildings, pubic premises, companies… the earthquake made no distinction. Tens of thousands of buildings were destroyed or badly damaged.


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