Posts tagged ‘survey’

October 18, 2010

Q&A | Tulane University’s Haitian Diaspora Survey Team

Editor’s Note: I contacted the HDS team for an interview after seeing their advertisement for survey-takers on the Corbett list a few weeks ago.  One, I wanted to know who was collecting information on the diaspora and for what purpose.  Two, I wanted to encourage any effort to put together a reliable snapshot of the disapora’s makeup, as well as its views on and contributions to Haiti.  There is little data out there beyond basic information. Tulane University master’s students Luis Capuchina and Vinita Oberoi launched the survey on September 15, 2010.  Fill it out before their early December deadline.

Why are you focusing on the Haitian diaspora?
Haiti is in an exceptional situation. The January 2010 earthquakes compounded the hardship associated with decades of underdevelopment, debatable NGO influence, environmental degradation and poor governance. We want to see how at a grassroots level, the Haitian diaspora—particularly first and second-generation—are responding to this historic disaster in their homeland.

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April 10, 2010

Want news? Do your part.

Submit the Rebuilding Haiti news survey by midnight tonight.  I’m putting the final touches on my first grant application today.  Here’re a couple of comments from the folks who want news:

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April 9, 2010

Ever lived in La Gonâve?

I’m working on a story that requires me to know a bit about a place I’ve never been.  I’d appreciate hearing from anyone who’s ever lived in or visited La Gonâve, an island off the coast of Port-au-Prince.  Get in touch.

Thanks to those who’ve already submitted the Rebuilding Haiti news survey–and by this Saturday’s midnight deadline, too.  The rest of you: which stories about Haiti’s reconstruction do you want me to cover?

April 8, 2010

Read Me: My new article in The Haitian Times

Disorganized Diaspora Remain in the Fringe of Post-Earthquake Decision Making Process

NEW YORK – For years, Haitians living overseas have been the lifeline of the troubled country, sending billions of dollars to relatives back home. But now as the international community…

Read the rest on The Haitian Times

FYI: articles are behind a pay wall. I won’t apologize for that though.  Opinion is helpful, plentiful and cheap.  Gathering news, verifying sources, physically being where news is, costs money.  I had $2 in my pocket, a monthly train pass and (thankfully) a packet of cashews when I covered Haiti’s donor conference at the United Nations.  The delegates ate a $30 lunch.  So, pay to read my article.  Think of it as subsidizing my lunch. 🙂

HAVE A STORY IDEA? LET’S TALK ABOUT IT. And don’t forget: submit the Rebuilding Haiti news survey and questions for World Bank economist Dilip Ratha.

APRIL 26th UPDATE Click here to read the full article.

April 8, 2010

Calling all Haitian hometown associations. Literally.

Today I called, spoke to, left messages for and emailed about 40 Haitian hometown associations between Florida and Massachusetts.  It was more fun than it sounds.

“And what are you going to do for my country?” one Brooklynite asked. I imagined him a Frederick Douglass look-alike, peering down at me through spectacles.  Another woman is traveling to Haiti for relief work in a couple of weeks. The date’s set; could I come, she wanted to know.

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April 7, 2010

Why trust this site? Why trust me?

The Rebuilding Haiti survey’s critical.  It’s my marching orders so I spent the day reaching out to a hundred (maybe more?) Haitian-Americans by email.  How I get in touch with people is important; shows who I’m excluding.  While I want many voices, the last thing I want is for this survey, my work order, to be overly influenced by the super-educated tech-friendly set.  I’m hoping that the Hometown Associations show up here in a big way.

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April 6, 2010

Dear Haitian diaspora, what kind of news do you want?

“I’m a journalist and graduate student and I want to provide news about Haiti’s reconstruction for Haitian immigrants.  Where’s the money coming from and where is it going? Who’s getting USAID and NGO contracts? Who’s hiring and whom? How are decisions about where and how to build being made? Who’s making progress on the ground and why? Who isn’t–and why?”

Those are some of the questions that I hope Haitian immigrants want me to answer.  But I’m not sure so, from today through this coming Saturday, I’m asking with this survey. Your answers will go into an application that stands a very good chance of being funded–but, more on that later.

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