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Robert Maguire: The Way Forward for Haiti

By Bryan Schaaf on Tuesday, October 6, 2009.

 

Robert Maguire, with Trinity University and the United States Institute for Peace (USIP), recently wrote a well thought out report (attached and below) on obstacles to stability and growth in Haiti.  Maguire highlights important issues such as the neglect of rural Haiti, where most Haitians live, and the need to bolster Haiti's Health and Education Ministries. Throughout, he states success depends not just on securing resources, but on allocating them in a way that is accountable, effective, and demonstrates the committment of the government to reform.  Something to keep mind if investment picks up in Haiti.  Read more »

Tracking Microfinance in Haiti and Elsewhere

By Bryan Schaaf on Thursday, September 24, 2009.

IndiaMicrofinance has been successful throughout the world, including in Haiti. Thanks to Mix Market, there is now an application that allows users to track microfinance.  Mix Market has published data on more than 1,500 microfinance institutions (MFIs) in 190 countries.  As Development Seed puts it,"The Mix Market is a Bloomberg for microfinance...it opens this information up to help MFIs, researchers, raters, evaluators, and governmental and regulatory agencies better see the marketplace, and that makes for better international development." Read more »