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New State Department Report on Haiti Aid Lacks Transparency, Accountability

US Haiti Aid Reports to Congress Include “Incomplete Data,” Fail to “Link Projects and Outcomes,” New Review Finds State Department Reports Also Fail to Adequately Identify Mistakes and Lessons Learned December 20, 2016 Contact: Dan Beeton, (202) 239-1460 Washington, DC – A new paper from the Center for Economic and Policy Research (CEPR) and the Haiti Advocacy Working Group (HAWG) reviews reports released by the US State Department on contracts for Haiti aid and finds significant omissions and deficiencies, including incomplete data, a failure to link projects and outcomes, and a failure to adequately identify mistakes and lessons learned. The State Department reports are intended to comply with the Assessing Progress in Haiti Act, which was signed into law in August 2014. CEPR and HAWG incorporated Haitian civil society feedback in their review of these reports. “The Assessing Progress in […]

Join the movement to #EndHaitiCholera

IJDH is joining the Haiti Advocacy Working Group in a special campaign for cholera justice. Will you take five minutes to join us? Here are some actions you can take: 1. Visit the FaceJustice website: 2. Use and share the Social Media toolkit: 3. Share the link to the interfaith letter on cholera justice with people/organizations who can sign: 4. Sign the cholera petition: 5. Use our sample tweets to send messages to President Obama and Secretary Kerry: – I’m standing up for cholera victims. @UN @BarackObama will you? #Justice4Cholera #EndHaitiCholera – .@BarackObama @JohnKerry @StateDept Help prevent future deaths by exercising your leadership and pressuring the @UN to #EndHaitiCholera – .@BarackObama @JohnKerry six years of cholera death is far too long. #EndHaitiCholera now! 6. Take a selfie! Post a photo of yourself with a sign […]

Haiti Advocacy Working Group Commemorates Sixth Earthquake Anniversary

Below is part of a press release from Haiti Advocacy Working Group, commemorating the sixth anniversary of Haiti’s January 12, 2010 earthquake. It features important messages about the international community’s failure to rebuild Haiti and what is required to do a better job in the future. Part of the release is below. Click HERE for the full document. PRESS RELEASE: January 11th, 2016 CONTACT PERSON: CHARISSA ZEHR: 202-544-6564 Members of the HAWG on the Sixth Anniversary of the Haitian Earthquake MENNONITE CENTRAL COMMITTEE “On this important date in Haiti’s collective memory, we at Mennonite Central Committee pause to remember those who lost so much owing to the earthquake and reaffirm our decades-long commitment to Haitian-led relief, development, and peacebuilding work. We look forward to continuing to bring our partners’ voices to Washington in 2016 to inform and impact U.S. policy […]

How Cholera Reached Haiti & How It Can Be Addressed

The following is a statement from Dr. Louise Ivers, Senior Health and Policy Advisor for Partners in Health, during a Haiti Advocacy Working Group (HAWG) panel. The panel was part of HAWG’s “Haiti Advocacy Week,” a series of events aimed at getting Haiti more attention on Capitol Hill. This particular panel focuses on the cholera epidemic and how the US government can better address it. Dr. Louise Ivers March 6, 2015 Cholera is a gram negative bacterial infection that is spread by contaminated water or food, and to some degree between people in households where someone is sick with symptoms. Its an ancient disease that has long been eradicated in parts of the world where simple things like clean water, latrines, soap and basic medical care are available. In Haiti, the cholera epidemic began in October 2010 and spread with […]

Mario Joseph Brings Haiti Elections to Capitol Hill

The following is a statement from Mario Joseph, BAI Managing Attorney, during a Haiti Advocacy Working Group (HAWG) panel. The panel was part of HAWG’s “Haiti Advocacy Week,” a series of events in D.C., aimed at getting Haiti more attention on Capitol Hill. Mario Joseph March 6, 2015 Bonjou.  Good morning. I would like to thank the Haiti Advocacy Working Group for organizing this panel and for inviting me to participate on it. I would like to thank all of you for coming, and I look forward to our discussion about politics and elections in Haiti. In light of the conference’s theme, “Haiti for Whom?”, I think it is worth posing the question “elections for whom?” at this panel. That is a good question. We hear a lot from the perspective of the Haitian government, the international community and the […]

HAWG 4-Year Commemoration of Haiti Earthquake

This document compiles statements from 10 US-based and 6 Haitian organizations commemorating the four-year anniversary of the earthquake in Haiti. HAWG is the Haiti Advocacy Working Group, a group of international development, faith-based, human rights and social justice organizations advocating on issues related to US-Haiti policy. IJDH’s statement is below.  Click HERE for the full document.   FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Beatrice Lindstrom, Esq., Staff Attorney, Institute for Justice & Democracy in Haiti (IJDH),, +1 404-217-1302. Nicole Phillips, Esq., Staff Attorney, Institute for Justice & Democracy in Haiti (IJDH),, +509 4730-3359. Advocates for Cholera Victims Urge UN to Take Responsibility for Outbreak, U.S. Government to Promote Accountability (PORT-AU-PRINCE, January 6, 2014) – As Haiti prepares to mark the fourth anniversary of the devastating earthquake that struck in January 2010, attorneys at the Bureau des Avocats Internationaux (BAI) and its sister […]

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