Security

Protecting People in Cities: Learning from Haiti

By Bryan Schaaf on Wednesday, March 14, 2012.

The response to the Haiti earthquake in 2010 was exceedingly complicated and much did not go well.   According to ALNAP, over 45 evaluations to date have examined why.  The attached report by the Brookings Institution examines one shortcoming in particular - the failure to protect women and children in an urban environment.  Haitian cities remain vulnerable to natural disasters - women and children should be at the forefront of prevention and response.     Read more »

Keeping Haiti Safe: Police Reform

By Bryan Schaaf on Monday, September 12, 2011.

The International Crisis Group has released a report on the importance of police reforms for security in Haiti, meaning freedom from intimidation and abuse, conflict and violence, and crime and impunity.  The release comes during a time in which Brazil and other partner nations are increasingly contemplating a gradual drawdown of MINUSTAH staffing. This provides the Haitian government and its partners a window of opportunity to continue reforms that will make the Haitian National Police more effective and accountable.  The full report is attached and a summary is copied below.   Read more »

Interaction Releases Reports on Improving Protection and Preventing GBV in Haiti

By Bryan Schaaf on Wednesday, November 3, 2010.

Most agree that efforts to protect the safety, dignity and rights of the most vulnerable populations (women, children, the disabled, the elderly, etc.) in post earthquake Haiti could and should have been more effective. Women and children are still vulnerable to a range of protection threats including sexual abuse/exploitation and human trafficking.  Interaction, an advocacy group for American non-governmental organizations (NGOs) has released two reports, on improving protection and on preventing and responding to gender-based violence (GBV) respectively.  Both are thorough, well thought out, and are copied below.       Read more »

Are We Reconstructing Yet?

By Bryan Schaaf on Thursday, July 15, 2010.

This week marked six months since the earthquake.  According to President Preval, it also marked the week that the emergency phase ended and reconstruction began.  Yet at the same time residents of the Corrail Cesselesse camp were struggling with the consequences of a rain storm that destroyed up to 300 tents and caused 1,700 to seek emergency shelter.  With the rainy season underway, the situation is precarious for the displaced.  Security, especially for women and children, is still a major concern.  Is this an emergency operation, a reconstruction effort, or both?