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Does validation of Haiti’s election allow optimism for cholera aid?

David Nabarro, who is heading up the United Nations’ cholera response in Haiti, has high hopes for funding the plan now that Jovenel Moise has been confirmed as Haiti’s new president. Though contributions from UN member states besides France and South Korea have been slow, Nabarro hopes that funding will pick up now that there is an established government for the funds to go into. The World Economic Forum will take place later this month and Nabarro plans to use that opportunity to convince potential donors to invest in a long-term plan for Haiti. Part of the article is below. Click HERE for the full text. UN hopes Haiti election will open door for cholera aid World Bulletin January 7, 2017 The United Nations is struggling to get pledged aid for Haiti’s cholera epidemic victims but hopes nascent political stability […]

Untold Damage to Haiti from Hurricane Matthew

Haitian towns and cities hit by Hurricane Matthew in October continue to suffer and the authors of this article say that “The story of Matthew’s actual disaster will take decades to unfold.” Besides the obvious structural damage caused by Matthew, many important crops and trees were destroyed and will take much time to recover. In the meantime, people will be hungry and the economy will be depressed. Matthew also revealed (or perhaps reminded) of severe deficiencies in building materials and practices that made many structures so vulnerable to the winds and torrential rain. While Haitians are doing their best to recover on their own, they still need help. Part of the article is below. Click HERE for the full text. A Close-Up Look at Southwestern Haiti, Post-Hurricane Matthew Andrew Kennedy and Tracy Kijewski-Correa, WunderBlog December 16, 2o16 Today’s guest post is by Dr. […]

Update on Cholera, Hurricane Matthew and Elections from Brian Concannon

This comprehensive interview with IJDH Executive Director Brian Concannon covers cholera, Hurricane Matthew and elections in Haiti. Last week, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon finally apologized for the cholera epidemic. Concannon calls this “a very good step in the right direction.” Next, the UN has to make sure that funders really do step up and make the cholera plan happen. Haiti is also still dealing with the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew. The government is doing more than it did after the 2010 earthquake and the UN put out a Flash Appeal for funding but not enough has come in. After two months, there’s a major risk of famine and people are still in tents. Though a new president for Haiti has finally been named, many issues remain and the results are being contested by other candidates, and people protesting in […]

Uncertainty over New UN Cholera Plan Results in Donors’ Hesitation

It’s been almost a month since the United Nations announced a new cholera plan that includes a package of “material assistance” for Haiti’s cholera victims. Almost no donors have committed to funding this plan. “Material assistance” sounds like the compensation that victims and advocates have been demanding, but the UN’s avoidance of the word “compensation” has created more uncertainty. The UN also has yet to claim responsibility for causing the epidemic, and time is running out for Ban Ki-moon to remove that stain from his legacy as UN Secretary-General. Part of the article is below. Click HERE for the full text. Ban Ki-moon’s UN legacy clouded by cholera Samuel Oakford, IRIN November 18, 2016 Nearly a month after UN officials announced the idea of a special $400 million package to deal with cholera in Haiti, almost no donors have agreed to fund […]

A Human Rights-based Approach to Disaster Response in Haiti

While the devastation of Hurricane Matthew recalled the human rights crises that followed Haiti’s 2010 earthquake, it also brought up a topic that wasn’t discussed as much after the earthquake: a rights-based approach to disaster relief. According to international law, a human-rights-based approach entails capacity-building, participation, transparency, accountability, and non-discrimination. Applying all of these principles will allow organizations and funders to truly collaborate with Haitian people and organizations to make sure that there is lasting change long after debris from the Hurricane has been cleaned up. Part of the post is below. Click HERE for the full text. Applying Human Rights Principles to Disaster Response Karen Ansara and Brian Concannon, International Human Rights Funders Group November 2, 2016 Hurricane Matthew’s devastation in Haiti provides both a historic opportunity and a daunting challenge to funders who care about human rights. We […]

Consequences of US Funding Withdrawal from Haiti’s Elections

The United States has decided to pull $2 million in funding from Haiti’s elections as a statement of disapproval for re-running the presidential elections in October. After finding that the first round of presidential elections were marred by massive fraud, a commission decided to throw the old results out and hold an entirely new presidential election. European Union observers withdrew to express their disapproval and U.S. State Department officials have said they do not understand the decision to start over. While some feel that the U.S. withdrawal from the elections will be a positive step for Haiti’s sovereignty, some worry that lack of U.S. approval will de-legitimize the elections and provide detractors in Parliament a reason to continue blocking the process. Part of the article is below. Click HERE for the full text. US Withdraws Funding for Haiti Elections Haiti Relief […]

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