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Sen. Nelson and Rep. Wilson Letter Regarding US Assistance to Haiti

Sen. Bill Nelson and Rep. Frederica Wilson are urging the U.S. State Department to continue their efforts to help the people of Haiti recover from Hurricane Matthew. In a letter today to Secretary of State John Kerry and U.S. Agency for International Development Administrator Gayle Smith, the Florida lawmakers asked the State Department to provide a detailed plan to address the island nation’s shortage of food and shelter and to combat the increasing spread of cholera in the wake of the recent storm. Letter to Secretary of State and USAID Regarding US Assistance to Haiti November 28, 2016 The Honorable John F. Kerry Secretary of State U.S. Department of State 2201 C Street NW Washington, DC 20520 The Honorable Gayle E. Smith Administrator U.S. Agency for International Development 1300 Pennsylvania Avenue NW Washington, DC 20004 Dear Secretary Kerry and Administrator […]

Haitian Elections: A Step in the Right Direction

After a concerted effort and many setbacks, Haiti was finally able to host elections on Sunday, November 20.  In recent months, Haiti has suffered through the devastation of Hurricane Matthew, and the subsequent flooding and mudslides; fraudulent elections; and a cholera epidemic.  These elections are a step in the right direction. Part of the article is below.  Click HERE for the full text. A Very Good Day for Haiti Robert Maguire, Focus On Haiti Initiative November 21, 2016 If ever a country and its people needed a good day, it was Haiti and the Haitian people.  Over the past two months, they have been battered by a monstrous hurricane and, more recently, by widespread flooding and mudslides.  Over the past year, they have been subject to fraudulent elections and, when the country’s political, social, civic and economic leaders sought to rectify […]

Canada announces disaster relief and long-term aid package

Canada has recently announced that it will be giving $54 million for disaster relief and long-term aid in Haiti. The majority of the money will go towards developing long-term projects in the agricultural sector. About $2.6 million will go to helping those directly impacted by Matthew, and $1.4 million will go towards Sunday’s Haiti elections. Part of the article is below. Click HERE for the full text. Canada announces $54M for Haiti disaster relief and long-term aid Vicky Fragasso-Marquis, The Canadian Press November 18, 2016   PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti — Canada will give $54 million to Haiti over the next five years, including more than $2 million in immediate aid, International Development Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau said Friday. The funding announcement came on the final day of Bibeau’s three-day trip to the country, where she is seeing first-hand how Canadian aid money […]

International Teams to Witness Haiti’s Elections in Hurricane-Devastated Southern Departments

      MEDIA ADVISORY – FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, November 18, 2016 Contacts : Vilés Alizar, Program Director, Reseau National des Droits Humains, +509 3704 6506 (French, Kreyol) Marie Yolène Gilles Colas, Assistant Program Director, Reseau National des Droits Humains, +509 3728 8466 (French, Kreyol) Pierre Esperance, Executive Director, Reseau National des Droits Humains, +509 3776 2110 (French, Kreyol) Jessica Hsu, foreign observer with Reseau National des Droits Humains, +509 4451 5563, jesseshoe@gmail.com (English, Kreyol) Jake Johnston, Research Associate, Center for Economic and Policy Research (CEPR), +509 3494 2879, johnston@cepr.net (English, Spanish) Nicole Phillips, Staff Attorney, Institute for Justice & Democracy in Haiti (IJDH), nicole@ijdh.org, +509 4645 2888 (English, French, Kreyol) International Teams to Witness Haiti’s Elections in Hurricane-Devastated Southern Departments Members of the Center for Economic and Policy Research (CEPR), Institute for Justice & Democracy in Haiti (IJDH), National […]

Rethinking methods for effective aid and partnerships in Haiti

Following Hurricane Matthew’s destruction, there has been much conversation about how NGOs and outside groups can give effective aid. In the article below, Devex explains a strategy for giving specific, and therefore effective, aid to Haitians on the ground, and the importance in building a relationship with Haitian institutions. Part of the article is below. Click HERE for the full text. Q&A: Rethinking effective aid and partnerships in Haiti Amy Lieberman, Devex November 16, 2016   American Jewish World Service is giving $800,000 to Haiti this year, on a “slow and steady spend-down” from its annual $2 million funding level in 2010 that followed the devastating earthquake that hit that year. The international nonprofit supports 450 local human rights and poverty-fighting groups worldwide with a unique funding approach that is deliberately light on direct oversight, says Amber Lynn Munger, an AJWS senior […]

Real UN Cholera Accountability and Ban Ki-moon’s Legacy

For years, the United Nations has hidden behind immunity to dodge accountability for bringing cholera to Haiti. After Hurricane Matthew hit Haiti and exacerbated the cholera problem, WHO/PAHO approved a request from the Haitian Ministry of Health for 1 million doses of cholera vaccine. Meanwhile, the UN continues to struggle to raise funds for its planned package of “material assistance and support” for the cholera victims. The UN and its Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon also have yet to apologize for causing the loss of so many lives and livelihoods through the epidemic. Will Ban finally do so in his last two months as Secretary-General or leave the cholera mess for the next Secretary-General, António Guterres, to clean up? Part of the article is below. Click HERE for the full text. The UN in Haiti: an adulterated vision of accountability Editorial, The Lancet Global Health […]

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