Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti

Why Earthquake Aid Should’ve Gone Through Haiti’s Government

After the devastating earthquake in Haiti in 2010, many were excited at the prospect of seeing Haiti “build back better.” Five years later, not much has changed. This article discusses how aid organizations’ failure to funnel aid through the Haitian government played a major role in this squandered opportunity. Click HERE for the original article. A march around the institutions In future disasters the West should not treat the victims or the government like bystanders The Economist January 17, 2015 FEW countries have suffered an earthquake so devastating, or have been less prepared for such a calamity. The quake that struck Haiti on January 12th 2010 killed perhaps 200,000 people—no one is sure how many—left 1.5m homeless and caused economic damage equivalent to 120% of the country’s GDP. A cholera epidemic compounded the misery. These disasters called forth the biggest-ever […]

Haiti-DR Commission Discusses Immigration Ruling

Haiti and Dominican Republic have created a commission to discuss shared issues monthly, starting January 7, 2014.  The meetings are closed but they’ve said they plan to discuss the September 2013 immigration ruling, commerce, migration, the environment and border security. Haiti, Dominican Republic meet to discuss disputes Trenton Daniel, Miami Herald January 7, 2014 PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti — Haitian and Dominican officials met Tuesday in an effort to resolve mounting tension between the Caribbean neighbors that was reflected in a recent court ruling that threatens to strip the citizenship of people of Haitian descent who were born in the Dominican Republic. The talks are part of a new binational commission that aims to discuss issues including commerce, migration, the environment and border security. The countries share the Caribbean island of Hispaniola. But the main topic under discussion was a September court ruling that […]

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