Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti

Getting at the Root of Haiti’s Troubles

This piece counters many of the claims in an editorial the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette posted last week. That piece, called “Troubled Haiti: Overdue elections add to the list of its problems,” fed into the ideas that Haiti is plagued with problems and reliant on foreign aid, without explaining the root of the problems–mainly foreign intervention. This piece ends with one of the key lessons of the 2010 earthquake aid failures: “Assistance should be in partnership with governments to ensure capacity building that will allow the recipient country to make real gains.” Haiti’s history Dan Beeton, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette June 17, 2014 It pained me to see the June 10 editorial “Troubled Haiti,” in which the people of Haiti are depicted as incapable of governing themselves and as dependent on outside aid. Foreign intervention is largely to blame for the state Haiti is in, starting […]

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