Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti

Has Inequality Created Two Different Haitis Post-Quake?

Nearly five years after the catastrophic 2010 earthquake, there are many new buildings and construction projects in Haiti. On the other hand, tens of thousands are still living in internally displaced persons camps erected after the earthquake. The construction projects proclaim that “Haiti is moving forward” (Haiti ap vanse) but which part of Haiti will that be? Part of the article is below. Click HERE for the full text. Five years after the earthquake, reconstruction still a distant dream for many Haitians Nathalie Baptiste, Latin Correspondent December 18, 2014 When the 2010 earthquake struck the Port-au-Prince area, the international community rallied and raised billions of dollars for the reconstruction and development of Haiti. In the first few months after the earthquake, celebrities flew to Haiti on their private jets, major financial institutions pledged copious amounts of money and world leaders routinely pledged […]

How Injustice Aggravates Disasters

This op-ed proposes a similar approach to disaster preparedness and relief as we did after the 2010 earthquake in Haiti. The reason the earthquake had such a devastating effect is an unjust system in Haiti: Too many people were living in Port-au-Prince, seeking opportunities to make a better living; buildings that weren’t built according to the codes collapsed on people; those who couldn’t afford to move to a new home faced forced eviction from tent camps; etc. When it was time for reconstruction, Haitians were rarely included in the process, although they know more about Haiti than outsiders do, leading to very little improvement. As Nicholson states, “at-risk groups” need to be treated as “active agents within the disaster risk reduction process.” The only way to change the system is to make sure everyone is included in the decision-making process. […]

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