Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti

Land Exploitation and the Resistance to It in Haiti

As an impoverished nation so close to U.S. shores, Haiti is at particular risk of becoming a target for business and extraction interests that may not align with respect for Haitian rights, especially land rights. This article outlines the ways businesses may take advantage of Haitians, and what is being done to resist these efforts. It is part of a new series on land rights and food sovereignty in Haiti. Part of the article is below. Click HERE for the full text. “The Struggle for Land Justice Knows No Borders”: Corporate Pillaging in Haiti Natalie Miller, Other Worlds December 22, 2015 Since the earthquake of January, 2010, Haiti has increasingly become a target of extraction and private business development by Haitian and foreign investors. Income and trade – if the wages are livable and the trade is fair – would, of course, be helpful […]

How US Policy Causes Injustice in Haiti

Though the United States vowed to help Haiti rebuild after the earthquake, many of its policies towards Haiti lacked results or even worsened the situation. This article examines initiatives like the Caracol industrial park built after the 2010 earthquake, as well as US meddling in Haiti’s elections and labor to make Haiti more amenable to foreign interests. Part of the article is below. Click HERE for the full text. Why Things Continue to Go Wrong in Haiti, and How U.S. Policy Is Responsible Washington has been meddling in a country it doesn’t believe should be allowed to chart its own path. Antony Loewenstein, AlterNet September 24, 2015 The industrial park in Caracol, northern Haiti, never receives tourists. It’s a collection of factories producing clothes for some of America’s leading retailers including Walmart and Target. The opening of the facility in 2012 […]

How Foreign “Help” Hurts Haiti

More than 5 years after Haiti’s 2010 earthquake, many are still asking “where did all the money go?” This article analyzes the effects of aid efforts that don’t acknowledge the opinions or needs of the local population and end up hurting more than helping, like the Caracol Industrial park built in the north of Haiti. Supposedly, the park was part of the Clintons’ efforts to “build back better” but it hasn’t lived up to any of its promises and even resulted in subsistence farmers losing their fertile land. The article also discusses food insecurity in Haiti. Part of the article is below. Click HERE for the full text. Haiti shows how wealthy countries ‘continue to cause disaster’ Workers get paltry wages at foreign firms that ‘extract the profits from their labour,’ researcher says Nicola Luksic & Tom Howell, CBC News September 15, […]

Another Contractor Suspended for Faulty USAID Housing

CEEPCO Contracting, which USAID used for their poorly-constructed Caracol housing project, has now been suspended. This comes after USAID extended CEEPCO’s contract in 2014, despite knowing about the construction problems. All of the houses suffer from construction problems including concrete that is below the required PSI. This is especially worrisome as such poorly-constructed housing was a major cause of the massive death- and injury toll of the 2010 earthquake. Part of the article is below. Click HERE for the full text. Second USAID Contractor Suspended Following Caracol Housing Debacle Center for Economic and Policy Research March 30, 2015 On March 25, 2015, USAID suspended CEEPCO Contracting – which had been working on shelter programs in Haiti –from receiving further government contracts, pending the outcome of an ongoing investigation. CEEPCO joins Thor Construction, which was suspended in early February. The investigation concerns faulty construction […]

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