Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti

Questions over funding source for UN cholera compensation plan

Supporters of cholera accountability in Haiti were given good news recently, as the UN announced its plan to treat, eliminate, and compensate for cholera in Haiti. While this announcement has been deemed a big step in the right direction by many, major questions persist over where this proposed $400 million will come from. Part of the article is below. Click HERE for the full text. UN Approves Haiti Cholera Compensation Plan. But Who Will Actually Pay for It? Mark Leon Goldberg, UN Dispatch October 26, 2016   The United Nations has agreed to compensate the victims of Haiti’s cholera outbreak as part of a $400 million aid package that also includes the goal of eradicating cholera from the country. The decision comes six years after Nepalese UN Peacekeepers likely introduced a deadly cholera strain to the country through improper sanitation practices at […]

What the International Community Can Do For Haiti

By Minh-Thu Pham, Director of Public Policy for the Better World Campaign/UN Foundation UN Dispatch I just returned from a visit to Haiti as part of a Congressional delegation to observe the earthquake relief effort and meet with officials from the UN mission, MINUSTAH, and the US Embassy. Despite the renewed awareness of Haiti’s problems, accounts in the press still seem to point to the earthquake as the source of the country’s present woes. But one can quickly see that it is a country that is as much stricken by poverty and instability as it is earthquake-stricken. Indeed, the earthquake destroyed what was already a precarious economic and political situation, albeit one that was on the path to rebuilding. In fact, several people we spoke with acknowledged the difficulty of distinguishing between earthquake relief and the efforts to address the […]

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