Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti

Aid Industry Needs New Model to Improve Haiti

Although billions of dollars were poured into Haiti after the 2010 earthquake, there has been very little progress. This is because the money didn’t go to the government or even to Haitians and many NGOs put the money into for-profit groups that haven’t accomplished much and don’t show where their money goes. The author explains how NGOs need a new model in order to actually help Haiti find long-term solutions. The Aid Industry Failed Haiti After Its 2010 Quake Four years and billions of dollars since the devastating earthquake, the impoverished nation stands no better equipped to improve itself. How a new local model might work better. Elise Jordan, The Daily Beast February 3, 2014 Photo by Hector Retamal/AFP/Getty It’s been just over four years since a devastating earthquake killed more than 100,000 Haitians and left 1.5 million homeless. An estimated 20 to […]

United Nations Still Denies Its Troops Brought Cholera to Haiti

Published By Jonathan M. Katz, Should the U.N. be held responsible for bringing cholera to Haiti? Picture this: soldiers from a foreign army are stationed near the headwaters of the Mississippi River. Sewage running from their base has long polluted the waterway, but the authorities never paid attention. One day a new rotation of soldiers arrives, carrying a deadly bacteria never before seen in the U.S. It enters the water. People get sick, then die. The infection spreads from St. Louis to Memphis to New Orleans, explodes along the Gulf Coast, and from there to every state in the union. Overwhelmed health responders watch in horror as family after family succumbs. Within a year, five percent of Americans have fallen seriously ill and thousands have died. The president tells a terrified and exhausted nation that it will cost more than […]

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