Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti

Haiti’s Development: A Human-Rights Approach

The Root As donors prepare an international conference on the devastated nation’s future, let’s make sure all Haitians are heard. In the wake of the devastating earthquake that struck Haiti last month, thousands of its countrymen are reversing a trend that has dominated life in developing third world countries for decades—they are migrating back to the countryside, after having flocked to the cities in a desperate search for employment. What drove their urban flight was the complex phenomenon known as globalization. A combination of policies promoted by multinational corporations from the Global North—and enforced by international financial institutions like the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund—forced third world peasants off their land and into the factories run by rich countries. No longer able to feed themselves, the populace became dependent on expensive imports and food aid that further undermined […]

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