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How will Trump administration handle international aid?

So far, it is not yet clear how the new administration will approach aid to foreign countries, given Donald Trump’s nationalist tendencies and conflicting views within the Republican party: Some Republicans, like George W. Bush with the President’s Emergency Plan for aids Relief, believe in extensive assistance to the poor around the world while others want to cut foreign aid budgets. So far, remarks related to international aid haven’t been promising. In Haiti, issues like the still-ongoing recovery from Hurricane Matthew and the continuing cholera epidemic remind us of the crucial role of assistance from the U.S. Part of the article is below. Click HERE for the full text. WHAT TRUMP MEANS FOR THE WORLD’S POOREST PEOPLE Steve Coll, The New Yorker February 22, 2017 Last November, soon after the election of Donald Trump, President Barack Obama mentioned Haiti while commenting on […]

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 […]

Why Natural Disasters Cause Unnatural Damage in Haiti

In the interview below, Jonathan Katz, who was a foreign correspondent in Haiti at the time of the 2010 earthquake and the cholera epidemic later caused by the UN, explains what needs to be done better after Hurricane Matthew. He stresses the needs for accountability from international aid organizations and agencies, partnership with the Haitian government, and building systems to prevent such a devastating impact from the next natural disaster. Part of the article is below. Click HERE for the full text. Why Haiti wasn’t ready for a hurricane: A Q&A with Jonathan Katz Jonathan Katz, IRIN News October 19, 2016 Two weeks after Hurricane Matthew slammed into southern Haiti, the scale of the damage is still becoming horrifyingly apparent. According to the UN, some 1.4 million people are in urgent need of aid and that number is expected to rise, […]

How to Truly “Build Back Better” After Hurricane Matthew

After Haiti’s 2010 earthquake, international organizations and donors promised to “build back better” but the effort became a strong example of failed disaster aid. After Hurricane Matthew, care needs to be taken to ensure that the same mistakes are not repeated. The best way to do that is to work with local Haitian groups, who know the context in Haiti and (contrary to some beliefs) have lots of ideas about how to rebuild. Though this can be complicated by lack of donation infrastructure, there are some nonprofits who are trying to bridge the gap. The key is using “our considerable resources to truly partner with Haitian groups.” Part of the article is below. Click HERE for the full text. Hurricane Matthew: Haitians Rebuilding Haiti Nancy Young, Common Dreams October 11, 2016 In the days before Hurricane Matthew, when it became […]

Hurricane Matthew and its Unnatural Ramifications

Hurricane Matthew has left a path of devastation and destruction in its wake, ruining much of Haiti’s infrastructure and displacing tens of thousands of its citizens.  The hurricane alone, however, is not the only thing to blame for the damage done.  A history of maltreatment and injustice has left Haiti, one of the poorest countries in the world, much more vulnerable to natural disasters. Part of the article is below.  Click HERE for the full text. For Haiti, Hurricane Matthew is an Unnatural Disaster Jason Von Meding and Giuseppe Forino, New Republic October 11, 2016 At least 1,000 people were killed when Hurricane Matthew battered the Tiburon Peninsula in Haiti last week, destroying houses and displacing tens of thousands. A humanitarian crisis is now unfolding for the survivors, with the Pan American Health Organization warning of a likely cholera surge in the country due to severely damaged water supply […]

Is the United States Undermining Haiti’s Democracy?

Now that the United States has decided to withdraw funding from the redo of Haiti’s presidential elections, Haitians are starting to unite to find a way to fund the elections themselves. Unfortunately, the U.S. withdrawal, as well as the country’s continual denouncing of Haiti’s attempt at a more democratic process, may be detrimental to the credibility of the elections. While many take Haiti funding its own elections as a step towards sovereignty and improving the process, the electoral process is still being blocked by a portion of Parliament and there are also many concerns about what the U.S. will do once the elections have taken place. Part of the article is below. Click HERE for the full text. Will a Haiti election without U.S. dollars undermine the vote? Jacqueline Charles, Miami Herald July 18, 2016 For months, the United States has […]

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