June 11, 2012
Support journalism done by Haitian journalists. Above, one training sponsored by Solidar’IT (Frederick Alexis).
It’s been nearly two years since I visited Haiti and a year since I’ve written about it on this blog. In a perfect world my silence here reflects how often I’ve thought about my time in the country, its problems and of course, this Develop Haiti-diaspora-aid news idea. In a perfect world.
Back then, I used to look ahead to what news coverage about Haiti would be like once the world and its money inevitably moved on. I see diaspora as key to developing Haiti because unlike the native-born, the world has a short attention span and ‘two-years-post-quake’ can’t make the coin jingle like ‘6-months-post-quake.’ With barely enough bright spots to dimly light a dark room however, the English language information on offer generally sucks. The reason is simple: very few people if anyone with a stake in Haiti’s development (diaspora, NGO, business, donors, etc) demand better information.
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April 10, 2010
Huascar Robles, change.org
Haiti – Putting NGOs in their Place
… the fact that financial aid has been channeled directly through NGOs, bypassing government institutions, has (over time) led to the substantial weakening of national government structures.
In Haiti’s Tent Cities, Unusual Schools Thrive
… educators can learn a few tips from some unlikely role models: the temporary schools erected in Port-au-Prince’s tent cities.
VIDEO: Debating reconstruction in Haiti
Some Haitians warn that reconstruction should not begin until further seismic studies are done.
The Great Aid Debate: Does Aid Work?
… what does aid failure really look like? Has aid failed when a child in [Haiti] gets to eat three times a day instead of just once? Has it failed when it enables that child to attend a school that has just been built by an international fund? … Do we really think people will just suck it up and start picking themselves up by their own boot-straps when they don’t even have boots? It’s not likely the free market is going to set up a school or a health post in a far-flung village.
Haitian Women Demand Role in Rebuilding their Country
“We can’t build a country on aid. We can’t run our lives by projects. The women of Haiti suffer disproportionately in the policy environment, and so we must have a policy shift,” she said. “We can’t afford to have a business-as-usual attitude. We must ensure that in all rebuilding and reconstruction efforts, women’s needs, expertise and contributions are recognized.”
RANDOM: dang. these guys are probably raking in the dough