Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti

USAID Reconstruction Costs in Haiti Underestimated and Undersupervised

Nearly 5 years after the devastating earthquake in Haiti, the reconstruction effort continues to struggle. This article focuses on a project by USAID, which costs a lot more than originally planned, for a lot fewer houses than originally projected. Many blame these issues on lack of oversight and hiring foreign contractors instead of local Haitians. Part of the article is below. Click HERE for the full text. U.S Home Reconstruction in Haiti: Another Disaster Brianna Ehley, The Fiscal Times December 9, 2014 Nearly five years after a disastrous 7.0 magnitude earthquake devastated Haiti, killing more than 220,000 people and leaving millions without homes, the tiny island nation is still struggling to pick up the pieces—despite a multi-billion dollar international repair effort. The United States alone committed more than $3 billion to rebuild Haiti—with federal agencies creating a spate of programs and […]

Development Plans in Haiti Disservice the Poor

Forced evictions are continuing in Haiti due to the government’s plans to rebuild Port-au-Prince. The poor are often left with just 10 minutes to gather their belongings before their homes are destroyed. This article describes this situation and other human rights violations related to development in Haiti, such as sweatshop labor. Part of the article is below. Click HERE for the full text. Haiti: Where will the poor go? Seth Donnelly, San Francisco Bay View September 26, 2014 During my last trip to Haiti this June with a delegation of students and human rights observers, we were exposed to the raw violence of the ongoing forced dispersal of the poor. On May 31, the Martelly regime intensified a process – in the name of “eminent domain” – of violently evicting the poor from their homes in downtown Port-au-Prince and then physically destroying their homes […]

Post-Quake IDP Camps Continue, Nearly 5 Years Later

Although the government has stopped talking about it and NGOs have stopped funding it, housing remains a big problem in Haiti. The Martelly-Lamothe government successfully emptied the most visible camps but less-visible ones have become permanent settlements. Building codes still have yet to be enforced, though building violations were a major cause of the destruction of the quake. Haiti needs sustainable housing solutions to respect the human rights of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) and close IDP camps once and for all. Failure to Aid Haiti’s Earthquake Homeless Etant Dupain, Let Haiti Live August 19, 2014 Nearly 5 years after the quake, IDPs continue to be evicted from camps despite no sustainable housing solutions or meaningful construction reforms Port-au-Prince, Haiti: More than 20,000 victims of the earthquake on January 12, 2010 are living under the threat of forced evictions from the camps […]

Port-au-Prince Reconstruction Causes New Wave of Homelessness

The Haitian government has begun demolishing homes in Port-au-Prince to make way for modern reconstruction of the capital and its government buildings. Some families were only given minutes to vacate their homes before the demolition began and many have lost their belongings in the rubble. Many of these families had only just moved into subsidized housing from their post-quake tents and are now back in tent camps or living with relatives. Haiti needs respect for housing rights in order for reconstruction to truly be successful. Plans to rebuild Haiti capital displace families David McFadden, My San Antonio July 21, 2014 PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — The broad avenues in the Haitian government’s promotional material are clean and unbroken, dotted with palm trees, parks and manicured expanses of grass. The new ministry buildings are sleek and modern but retain some of the […]

Haiti Needs Sustainable Alternatives to IDP Camps

After spending a week in Haiti, the UN Special Rapporteur on the rights of Internally Displaced Persons has reported that the steps taken to empty Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) camps in Haiti aren’t sufficient. IDPs and other vulnerable people need sustainable housing solutions, not just rent subsidies, and they should be included in the electoral process as well. Cliquez ICI pour la version française. Haiti: Time to push for development to achieve durable solutions for the internally displaced and the vulnerable United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights July 4, 2014 PORT-AU-PRINCE (4 July 2014) – Four years after the earthquake, it is time to move from a largely humanitarian approach to a development base drive, United Nations independent expert Chaloka Beyani has said today, while calling for durable solutions for the internally displaced and the vulnerable […]

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