Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti

Working To Build Haiti Back Better

By Nicole Lee, The Seattle Medium (NNPA) – I heard a statistic this week that 50 percent of all American households gave to Haiti’s relief effort. Even more heartening, 90 percent African-American households gave. With this unprecedented level of giving comes an unprecedented expectation for success. The best shot for success is that the funds directly support of Haitian-led initiatives to build back Haiti better and stronger. The calls for a U.S. policies that supports that effort rings all the more true. Many Haiti experts, commentators and friends have emphasized the need to “Build Haiti Back Better.” And this is true. Returning to a pre-earthquake Haiti cannot be an option. After years of crippling international debt, an unsound economy, inconsistent governance and international intervention, far too many of Haiti’s citizens were already struggling to gain access to stable jobs, affordable […]

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