Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti

Haiti Fund shows, slow and steady grassroots growth produces lasting results

In the years following the earthquake, Haiti has been on the receiving end of a massive amount of aid. However, despite the efforts of the many thousands of NGOs, non-profits, and governmental groups in Haiti, much of the philanthropy has not been sustainable or successful due to fast growth and lack of direction. Groups such as The Haiti Fund of the Boston Foundation have found that funding grassroots organizations who will demand accountability, and placing Haitians and diaspora in leadership roles, produces lasting results. Big and Fast is Not Better Daniel Moss, Stanford Social Innovation Review July 20, 2015 With questions surfacing in the media about the Red Cross’ housing program and Sean Penn rising to the organization’s defense, the debate about how best to help Haiti is in full swing. And this is before the press on Hillary Clinton’s campaign scrutinizes […]

How Advocacy Can Help Rebuild Haiti

This report includes many good insights about advocacy and the role it can play when a government faces the challenges seen in Haiti. It reaffirms the importance of our new Civic Engagement Program, and also directly mentions the impact of the cholera case. Part of the report is below. Click HERE for the full text. Building Back Haitian Government Responsiveness: The Power and Limitations of Grassroots Advocacy Daniel Moss, Haiti Fund at the Boston Foundation June 2014 I. Executive Summary When ordinary citizens come together to press decision-makers for services and rights protections for the most marginalized among them – that’s the essence of social justice advocacy. When decision-makers can be held accountable to govern fairly, that is advocacy success. In hopes of helping funders understand how bottom-up change for social justice occurs in Haiti – and encouraging their ongoing support – this brief report […]

Haiti Fund at the Boston Foundation Invites You to a Special Conversation with Mario Joseph, Managing Attorney at the BAI

Human Rights in Haiti Please join us next Thursday evening from 5:30-7pm at the Boston Foundation, to hear IJDH Haitian affiliate, the Bureau des Avocats Internationaux (BAI)’s Managing Attorney, Mario Joseph, speak about human rights in Haiti. This exciting event is sponsored by one of IJDH-BAI’s key supporters and partners, the Haiti Fund at the Boston Foundation, who we cannot thank enough for their help in fighting for the rights of Haiti’s poor majority. Hope to see you there! Thursday, October 27, 2011 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. The Boston Foundation 75 Arlington Street, 10th Floor, Boston Please RSVP to Laura McConaghy at or 617-338-267 no later than Monday, October 24, 2011.

Contact IJDH

Institute for Justice & Democracy In Haiti
15 Newbury Street
Boston, MA 02116

Telephone: (617) 652-0876
General Inquiries:
Media Inquiries: