Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti

Haiti: An Opportunity For A New Model

By Nicole Lee, Seattle Medium Editorial (NNPA) – This week my organization, TransAfrica Forum, had the good fortune of being able to testify in a Congressional Hearing before the US House of Representatives on the continuing crisis in Haiti. It was a unique opportunity to address the reality of the flawed response and reconstruction situation. Despite the high level of financial resources already pledged and available, the efficacy of the relief effort has been undermined by structural inefficiencies, bureaucratic inertia, the broad scope of the disaster and vested interested parties working to preserve their own privileges while giving the appearance of change. International NGOs and Governments alike have been quick to recognize that a return to pre-Quake Haiti can not be the standard. I could not agree more. The situation in Haiti prior to January 12 was anything but ideal. […]

Concern as Haitian NGOs excluded from reconstruction talks

Independent Catholic News More than 26 Haitian NGOs,  representing thousands of ordinary Haitian people have condemned recent international talks about the future of their earthquake shattered nation, saying they have been “totally excluded” from the discussions – and that their calls for a “new model of development” in Haiti are being ignored, Progressio warns today. The Haitian organisations – many of whom have been assisted in the aftermath of the 12 January quake by the Dominican-led ‘Help Haiti’ NGO coalition of which Progressio is part – issued a joint statement yesterday after high-ranking officials from a range of international organisations met to discuss initial plans for Haiti’s reconstruction in the Dominican capital, Santo Domingo. In the statement, the groups – including many well known Haitian human rights and development organisations – said: “The ongoing process [which will result in a […]

Post-Disaster Reconstruction: Putting Haitian Citizens into the Equation

By Beverly Bell, Huffington Post Haitian civil society has been completely bypassed in decision-making regarding the post-earthquake reconstruction process. They have thus created their own process. The Haiti government’s Post-Disaster Needs Assessment, launched February 18, granted one week, March 14-20, for “consultation with civil society and the private sector,” according to the terms of reference. However, the government is to approve the draft plan on March 15. Furthermore, the government has failed to invoke even the token discussions, not consulting civil society in any way except informally with some businesspeople and several non-governmental organizations who do not speak for citizens. The Haitian business sector has published its own “Strategic Plan for National Salvation.” The editorial committee for the 173-page document was led by Rudolph Boulos, a member of one of Haiti’s wealthiest families who was ejected from the Haitian Senate […]

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