Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti

How to Rebuild Haiti after the Quake: 350 Words Each from IJDH Founding Board Member Paul Farmer, IJDH Director Brian Concannon, CARE’s Beat Rohr, and Trinity University’s Bob Maguire

By. Paul Farmer, Brian Concannon, Jr. Beat Rohr, Robert Maguire,Toni Johnson (Senior Staff Writer), Council on Foreign Relations One year after Haiti’s devastating earthquake on January 12, 2010, that killed more than two hundred thousand people and left nearly one million homeless, the country remains chaotic and desperate. Exacerbating the continuing challenges of providing adequate food, housing, and clean water following the earthquake are a deadly outbreak of cholera and a contested November 28 presidential election, which have led to renewed debate about  how to rebuild the country and usher it into a more prosperous and stable future. Global health expert Paul Farmer says international aid organizations cannot replace the government and that Haiti’s public sector should be strengthened so it can provide for Haitians’ needs until the government is able to do it. Brian Concannon Jr., a former election observer […]

Spending So That Haiti Is ‘Built Back Better’

By Kara C. McDonald, Council on Foreign Relations PORT-AU-PRINCE – The rainy season fast approaching will be the first test of the effectiveness of international assistance that has poured into Haiti since the January 12 earthquake that claimed a quarter of a million lives. Much has changed in the capital since the earthquake’s early aftermath. Markets and street vendors line the streets, local transportation called Tap-Taps are crowded with Haitians on their daily errands, and businesses are reopening. Yet while roads are passable, imploded buildings and piles of rubble still pock the city. Over one million people are still living under bed sheets and plastic tarps held up by sticks and poles. While food is abundant, jobs and housing are not. And the psychological suffering is extreme: Almost everyone has experienced loss, and those who haven’t wrestle with guilt. Now […]

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