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Haiti: An Opportunity For A New Model

By Nicole Lee, Seattle Medium Editorial (NNPA) – This week my organization, TransAfrica Forum, had the good fortune of being able to testify in a Congressional Hearing before the US House of Representatives on the continuing crisis in Haiti. It was a unique opportunity to address the reality of the flawed response and reconstruction situation. Despite the high level of financial resources already pledged and available, the efficacy of the relief effort has been undermined by structural inefficiencies, bureaucratic inertia, the broad scope of the disaster and vested interested parties working to preserve their own privileges while giving the appearance of change. International NGOs and Governments alike have been quick to recognize that a return to pre-Quake Haiti can not be the standard. I could not agree more. The situation in Haiti prior to January 12 was anything but ideal. […]

Donor Principles, the Haiti Reconstruction Fund, and Interim Haiti Recovery Commission

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From Charity to Solidarity in Haiti: Lessons for the Policy Makers (Part III)

By Beverly Bell, Huffington Post Humanitarian aid initiatives organized by Haitian communities offer respectful, democratic contrasts to the multi-billion dollar aid effort of the international community, much of which is wasted at best and destructive at worst. “Embedded in the local humanitarian responses is the model of a society premised on generosity and dignity,” says a report released today by Other Worlds, “From Disaster Aid to Solidarity: Best Practices in Meeting the Needs of Haiti’s Earthquake Survivors.” The report examines the problems of the U.S.- and U.N.-dominated aid operation in Haiti and documents ten effective alternatives created by Haitian community and peasant groups and by ally organizations throughout the world. The cases are just a sampling of many more. The report then offers ten recommendations for how international allies can be most effective and respectful in supporting Haitian-led recovery and […]

Respect for Human Rights Must Guide Haiti Reconstruction

From Canada Haiti Action Network Groups Call for Respect for Human Rights to Guide Haiti Donors’ Conference Recommend Mechanisms for Transparency, Accountability, Participation in Rebuilding of Haiti   (New York, March 31, 2010)—The human rights and dignity of all Haitians should be the driving force behind international assistance in rebuilding Haiti, said a coalition working for human rights and improving aid delivery in Haiti today, as major donors gathered in New York to discuss the future of aid to Haiti.  The groups—Bureau des Avocats Internationaux (BAI), the Center for Human Rights and Global Justice (CHRGJ) at NYU School of Law, the Institute for Justice & Democracy in Haiti (IJDH), Partners In Health (PIH)/Zanmi Lasante (ZL), and the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice & Human Rights (RFK Center)—have rallied a global call for a rights-based approach to international assistance, in […]

Haiti Relief Effort Needs Immediate Ramp-Up to Avoid Another Disaster

By Mark Weisbrot, Center for Economic and Policy Research President Clinton apologized on March 10 for the role that his government played in destroying a big part of Haitian agriculture: “It may have been good for some of my farmers in Arkansas, but it has not worked . . . I have to live every day with the loss of capacity to produce a rice crop in Haiti, to feed those people, because of what I did.”Beginning in the 1980s, subsidized U.S. rice wiped out thousands of Haitian rice farmers and made the country dependent on imported food.Clinton’s apology is important and presents an opportunity to change U.S. policy toward Haiti, which has been a major cause of suffering in this desperately poor country. Most urgently, the current relief effort has to be ramped up immediately to help the 1.3 […]

Neglect in the Encampments: Haiti’s Second Wave Humanitarian Disaster (IJDH)

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