Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti

Feeding Dependency, Starving Democracy… Still

By Nikhil Aziz, Grassroots International Some of the advice for how Haiti ought to rebuild after the earthquake sounds hauntingly familiar, echoing the same bad development advice that Haiti has received for decades -even before the nation faced its CUITent devastating situation. To avoid repeating the past failures, we would be wise to review how previous aid models led down the wrong path.Twelve years ago, Grassroots International released a research study entitled “Feeding Dependency, Starving Democracy: USAID Policies in Haiti.” Offering an in-depth examination of USAID development policies in Haiti, the study concluded that, as the title suggests, official aid actually damaged the very aspects of Haitian society it was allegedly trying to fix -namely it created a lack of democracy and too much dependency.The study was particularly critical of the development community for making Haiti into a net food […]

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