Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti

Disaster Capitalism in Haiti Leaves Displaced With Few Good Choices (Colorlines)

By Isabel Macdonald, Colorlines June 20, 2011 From the balcony of her second story Port-au-Prince apartment, Mary Ander had a particularly good view of former U.S. President Bill Clinton’s tour last week of Haiti’s soon-to-be-launched “Building Back Better Communities” housing expo, a Haitian Ministry of Tourism competition that will result in the contracting of hundreds of new housing units for Haiti’s post-earthquake reconstruction. “I love my house,” exclaimed Ander, whose apartment is part of an affordable housing complex known as Village de la Renaissance, overlooking the expo site Clinton visited last Wednesday, alongside Haiti’s newly inaugurated president Michel Martelly. “I’m very, very happy,” added the resident of Port-au-Prince’s Zoranger region with a laugh, in an interview in the comfortable living room of her two-bedroom apartment. According to Daniel Fauresmy, an engineer working with the housing expo, Ander’s building is resistant […]

The Total Failure of Global Aid in Haiti

By Michelle Chen, Colorlines October 13, 2010 With his country still in ruins 10 months after disaster struck, Haitian Prime Minister Jean-Max Bellerive recently told Reuters, “If the whole international community cannot solve the problem, along with the Haitians … it raises a lot of questions over the effectiveness and utility of cooperation and international aid.” It’s hard to escape the troubling conclusion that those questions have already been answered. The outpouring of donor sympathy after the earthquake has resulted in a disturbingly slow trickle of tangible help so far. In fact, very few of the promised rebuilding funds have arrived at all. The Associated Press reports that just about $732 million of the $5.3 billion donor countries pledged for 2010-2011 has been dispersed. And none of the promised $1.15 billion in U.S. aid has come, according to AP, because Oklahoma Republican Sen. Tom […]

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