June 17, 2010
Guest contributor and diaspora member Deborah D. David suggests a publicly-accessible database to help wrangle NGOs.
The NGO-led development model in Haiti is not ideal, especially if Haiti is to ever thrive on its own. Former President Bill Clinton recognized as much at last year’s Haitian Diaspora Unity Congress in Miami, when he revealed that Haiti had the most NGOs per capita after India—the second most populous country on earth. Haiti had truly earned the nickname, “Republic of NGOs.”
Four days after the earthquake, Save the Children distributes food, water and supplies at Hospital Espoire in Port-au-Prince (Win McNamee/Getty Images)
President Clinton recognized then that while the thousands of non-governmental organizations in Haiti provide necessary social services, they must better coordinate with each other for greater impact. More importantly, they must ultimately cede responsibility for providing social services to their rightful owner: the Haitian government.
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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