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The Prime Minister's New Paradigm For Haiti

  • Posted on: 22 June 2009
  • By: Bryan Schaaf

Copied below is a strategy paper that Prime Minister Pierre Louis recently released on how the Haitian government intends to meet its short term goals.  I was pleased to see the attention devoted to agriculture, the private sector, and infrastructure development.  Unfortunately, the Haitian government has yet to receive one gourde from the Haiti Donors' Conference.  Hopefully, Special Envoy Clinton has not lost his touch and will be able to encourage Friends of Haiti to honor their pledges.  The paper is brief but balanced and well thought out.  Please feel free to post your thoughts about it in the comments section. 

Paving the Way for Economic Recovery in Haiti

  • Posted on: 6 June 2009
  • By: Bryan Schaaf

Dialogue concerning Haiti's development is changing.  First, there is more discussion than ever before about Haiti's private sector, and a sense that trade will do more for Haiti in the long run than aid.  Second, there is a growing emphasis on integrating Haiti economically and socially with the rest of the Caribbean and Latin America.  Finally, donors are increasingly helping the Haitian government to address its own priorities.  There are many challenges but also many possibilities.  As Haitian say, little by little birds make their nests...

Haiti Food Security Update (4/24/2009)

  • Posted on: 24 April 2009
  • By: Bryan Schaaf

It has been a busy month for Haiti.  The Donors Conference turned out reasonably well.  At the Summit of the Americas meeting, members of the Organisation of American States (OAS) expressed their willingness to offer long-term support to Haiti.  OAS Secretary General José Miguel welcomed the focus on Haiti, noted that the Haitian government drafted a plan on how the international community can help.  As he put it, 'Now you know exactly what you have to support…I think things are really going to begin to happen for Haiti.''  We hope so as well.

The April 2009 Haiti Donors Conference in Review

  • Posted on: 15 April 2009
  • By: Bryan Schaaf

 

Delegates from 28 countries and multilateral organizations participated in the 2009 Haiti Donors Conference.  Given the global economic downturn , now is a tough time to hold such an event.  Donors pledged to provide $324 million in additional aid to Haiti over the next two years, of which $41 million is for budget support in 2009.  Not as much as hoped for, but if the Haitian government can spend it well, this may open doors for increased support from donors later on. 

Haiti Food Security Update (4/2/2009)

  • Posted on: 2 April 2009
  • By: Bryan Schaaf

President Obama is in the United Kingdom this week as part of the  G20 Summit.  As Nicholas Kristof wrote an op-ed, more is at stake than banks.  According to World Bank estimates, the global economic crisis will cause an additional 22 children to die per hour, throughout all of 2009.  Robert Zoellick, President of the World Bank, stated, “In London, Washington and Paris, people talk of bonuses or no bonuses...In parts of Africa, South Asia and Latin America, the struggle is for food or no food.”

Every Day is TB Day

  • Posted on: 27 March 2009
  • By: Bryan Schaaf

World TB Day was on March 24.  If this were a blog about HIV/AIDS, I could write about the progress that Haiti and the rest of the world is making.  However, this is a blog on tuberculosis and a fight we are losing.  More than two billion people, one third of the world’s total population, are infected with TB bacilli, the microbes that cause TB.  People living with HIV are at greater risk.  For Haiti, much more remains to be done.

Rain and Uncertainty Ahead for Gonaives

  • Posted on: 24 March 2009
  • By: Bryan Schaaf

The rainy season will soon begin in Haiti.  As a result of deforestation, flooding will be inevitable.  What is not inevitable is how well the Haitian government and civil society respond in Gonaives and elsewhere.  Unfortunately, Gonaives remains vulnerable and those who live there know it. Below is a piece by the New York Times about the uncertainty felt by the residents of Haiti's historic yet battered city. 

Haiti's Lost Girls: Sexual Violence in Cite Soleil

  • Posted on: 9 March 2009
  • By: Bryan Schaaf

Thank you to Lindsay Poulton for sending us this investigative video footage by the London Guardian concerning sexual violence in Haiti.  The piece notes how gender based violence has often been used as  a weapon, especially in the slums and during periods of conflict.  Protecting women and children is absolutely essential for countering a culture of impunity and promoting a society that respect human rights - not just for some of us, but for all of us.

Haiti Food Security Update (3/8/2009)

  • Posted on: 8 March 2009
  • By: Bryan Schaaf

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and former U.S. President Bill Clinton will visit Haiti March 9-10 to promote international aid for Haiti.  According to UN Peacekeeping Chief Alain Le Roy, ''Clearly it's a fragile situation in Haiti.  There are still lots of difficulties but we think Haiti is winnable."  Also noteworthy is that a long awaited donor conference has been set for April 13-14 and will be chaired by the Inter American Development Bank. Expect food security to be an important part of these discussions.

State Department Releases 2008 Human Rights Report for Haiti

  • Posted on: 2 March 2009
  • By: Bryan Schaaf
Each year, the State Department Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor is mandated to release country specific human rights reports.  The reports covers internationally recognized individual, civil, political, and worker rights, as set forth in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.  Human rights is fundamental to development.  While some progress was made in 2008, it is clear that we still have a long way to go.  Haiti's report is copied below and you can find the other country reports here.   

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