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July 13, 2012

Recent NYT coverage of the Caracol Park disappoints

President Martelly unveiled the foundation stone for the Caracol industrial park, November 2011 (Haiti Liberte)

After reading Deborah Sontag’s massive New York Times article about the Clinton-brokered South Korean industrial park in northern Haiti, it took me some time to come up with the appropriate reaction. The article reads like a pump-‘em-up speech for opening night of the Left Forum. Nothing against the annual conclave of leftists; I’d be equally wary if the article tacked the other extreme towards CPAC’s party line.

The Times story is the standard Left pitch of global capitalists teaming up with self-serving governments to exploit the little people. It’s a perfect rendition, actually. Too perfect (as is this rebuttal). But it seems Sontag was more interested in maintaining the Left’s narrative than in fairly reporting on the Caracol project.

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December 11, 2010

Eyes on the prize | Creating employment in Haiti

A year after the quake, do nonprofits still have cash for cash-for-work? (Howard LaFranchi/The Christian Science Monitor)

Over the last month all eyes have been on actual and potential post-election violence in Haiti but there’s more than violence and frustration going on there (see below). Business happens in Haiti, too, but it’s a topic that won’t typically be reported on in the media–to the detriment of Haitian diaspora who’re either looking for sustainable ways to help their country or who want to magnify the impact of foreign aid.

Fact: investment opportunities exist in Haiti.  Business coverage can help to foster not only more of them but more open commercial transactions.  Fact: if there’s one word that the Haitians I talked to this summer repeated most often, it’s “job.”  Despite that, most of our media and community conversations in the US, even among the diaspora, center not on job creation but on charity–as if alms ever lifted any mass of people out of poverty.

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July 11, 2010

With the IHRC, diaspora money doesn’t talk


Annually, Haitians abroad remit more than twice the amount pledged by the seven countries sitting on the Interim Haiti Recovery Commission (IHRC)–yet these seven can vote; the diaspora representative can not.

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June 18, 2010

Job announcement: help organize NGOs in Haiti

A map of Health-related projects in Haiti (InterAction,

This morning I came across a job announcement directly related to Deborah David’s database proposal to wrangle NGOs and the general concern that NGOs are “wild cards” in Haiti’s development.  Not only don’t they typically coordinate social service delivery with each other, there are thousands of unregistered and unchecked NGOs in the country–perhaps encouraged by the same misperception that aid worker TFTH laments:

Somewhere along the line we’ve done a basic disservice to our donors, to our “Third Audience”, and to ourselves: We have allowed them to believe that relief and development work are easy, uncomplicated and inexpensive.

For all of the romantic oooh-aaaah sometimes associated with aid work, the general population continues to basically lack respect for both the nature of the problems being tackled by aid work, and also what it takes to do aid work. And whether it’s, “98 cents of your dollar goes directly to beneficiaries”,  “your $100 buys a poor family a cow and gets them out of poverty”, or “feel good about making a difference while on vacation”, we’ve become totally seduced by the belief that solving the basic problems of the world can be done cheaply and easily.

Quite frankly, I could call myself an “NGO” and get away with it.  In fact, I came across an online description of myself as a “humanitarian blogger.”  What in the world does that mean?  I’m no humanitarian.  I’m a journalist–end of story.

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May 4, 2010

UNICEF recruits from Haitian diaspora

Katleen Felix who puts in serious legwork for microfinance group Fonkoze sent around this UNICEF announcement (after the jump).  I’d heard through the reliable grapevine that development organizations weren’t welcoming diaspora Haitians but I wasn’t able to confirm.  Let me know if you’ve been rejected out of hand so that I can follow up.  I’m not a therapist so I can’t do much with a general “they suck” complaint.  If publishing your name bothers you, we can work around it.

Before the listing, one eye-opening stat from UNICEF’s recent Haiti report:

90% of Haiti’s schools are non-public.  That’s complicating the ability to find money for and therefore, pay teachers.  I attended a New York City fundraiser for a P-au-P school a couple of weeks ago.  Great event, everyone gave generously and the founder-principal-teacher-problem fixer-adoptive mother (she’s all those things) will make those dollars stretch–but the exercise still struck me as an inefficient way to finance a school. What happens to kids from areas where principals don’t know any well-connected Haitians living in the States? What’s a more efficient option between government financing and ‘luck of the draw’ fundraising?  Tough question but great opportunity for entrepreneurs.

UNICEF job announcement after the jump:

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April 23, 2010

Work in Haiti: 50 new job listings

REUTERS/Sophia Paris/UN Photos

DH wants to hear from Haitian-American applicants for these positions. Your experience could inspire another reader.  Good luck!

Haiti (Port au Prince)
Closing Date – 21 Jun 2010
Organisation  – Action Contre la Faim
URL Address  –

Job Title – Shelter Delegate, Haiti
Closing Date – 04 May 2010
Organisation  – American Red Cross
URL Address  –

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April 16, 2010

Work in Haiti: 50 job listings

Paul Jeffrey/ACT Alliance

(Port au Prince)
Closing Date – 12 Jun 2010
Organisation  – Action Contre la Faim
URL Address  –

au Prince)
Closing Date – 12 Jun 2010
Organisation  – Action Contre la Faim
URL Address  –

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April 13, 2010

Paid work for Haitian rights in NYC

Apply by April 16, 2010

Lawyers Earthquake Response Network (LERN) Coordinator

LERN is a national network of lawyers in the U.S. working with Haitian lawyers to implement a legal, human rights-based response to the recent earthquake in Haiti. LERN projects include fighting for safe housing; long-term, effective international assistance to Haiti; and immigration opportunities for Haitians in the U.S.

The coordinator will coordinate the work of the various partners and will mobilize support for human rights and justice in Haiti.

Learn more.

April 9, 2010

Work in Haiti: 60 job listings right here

Marco Dormino/UN/MINUSTAH/Reuters

These employers are typically NGOs and government contractors; the jobs are posted on development sites like ReliefWeb and Devex.  Readers, if you apply for and are called for any of these jobs, consider sharing your experience with the site.  I’d love to interview you. Good luck.

Job Title – Facilities and Office Manager, Haiti (Port-au-Prince)
Closing Date – 30 Apr 2010
Organisation  – American Red Cross
URL Address  –

Job Title – Cash for Work Site Foreman, Haiti (Gressier and Port au Prince,
Closing Date – 23 Apr 2010
Organisation  – GOAL
URL Address  –

Job Title – NUTRITIONNISTE ? HAITI (Grande Anse) , Haiti (Grande Anse)
Closing Date – 01 May 2010
Organisation  – Médecins du Monde
URL Address  –

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