The day before United Nations Secretary Ban Ki-moon was set to make the case that ridding Haiti of the scourge of cholera should be a humanitarian funding priority, human rights attorney Mario Joseph wondered whether the outgoing world leader would finally issue a long-sought public apology. Read More
Donate to groups partnering LOCALLY for Hurricane response:
See also: Best Practices for Hurricane Recovery
Read the organizational statements on Hurricane Matthew from HAWG members.
- American Jewish World Service: Donate to AJWS.
- Church of the Brethren- Office of Public Witness: Donate to the Church of the Brethren.
- Church World Service: Donate to CWS
- Grassroots International: Donate to Grassroots.
- Mennonite Central Committee: Donate to MCC.
- Oxfam: Statement on Hurricane
- 1804 Institute: Support local government in Petit-Goave
Other Suggestions from From Edwidge Danticat:
“These are primarily organizations that have been working in the most affected areas for years and are, for the most part, Haitian-led. A few of these organizations are schools or educational institutions. When a school–however small–has been a trusted part of a community for a long time, families will look to that place for immediate and ongoing support in rebuilding after a disaster like this.”
1. Gaskov Clerge Foundation
2. Fondation Aquin Solidarite
3. The Three Little Flowers Center
4. Paradis des Indiens
5. Project Saint Anne
7. The Lanbi Fund of Haiti
8. Flying High for Haiti
9. Saint Boniface Foundation
10. PRODEV Haiti
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Preliminary Observations of the Coalition regarding the organization and the holding of the November 20, 2016 Elections:
On November 20 2016, the presidential and partial legislative elections were held in the national territory.
The Coalition of Electoral Observation composed of the following organizations observed the process leading up to the aforementioned election:
- Solidarity of Haitian Women – SOFA
- Council of National Electoral Observers – CNO
- Council of Non-State Haitian Actors – CONHANE
- National Human Rights Defense Network – RNDDH
- Center for Research and Analysis of Human Rights – CARDH
- Platform of Haitian Human Rights Organizations – POHDH
Before presenting its detailed report regarding the electoral process and election day, the Coalition wishes to share its first observations and impressions to all those interested in the issue. Read More
“On August 19th, the Secretary-General announced a new approach to cholera in Haiti. The Secretary-General is actively working to develop a proposal on material assistance and support to those most directly affected by the cholera epidemic. At the same time, the UN, in partnership with the Haitian Government, is intensifying its support to treating and reducing cholera, and ultimately ending the transmission of the disease. Read More
For those who have followed HAWG’s cholera advocacy and supported our campaign: your support has enabled our campaign to achieve what just six months ago seemed impossible. Very significant steps towards cholera justice have been taken in recent weeks. We’d like you to know just what you helped make happen:
- On September 20, 2016 at the opening of the UNGA, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon expressed “tremendous regret and sorrow at the profound suffering of Haitians affected by cholera” and said that “time has come for a new approach to ease the plight and better their lives”
- Earlier that month the UN Special Rapporteur on Extreme Poverty and Human Rights criticized the UN’s approach as “morally unconscionable, legally indefensible, and politically self-defeating”
A UN issued report recommended that the UN Secretariat take four steps:
- Issue an apology and an acceptance of responsibility in the name of the Secretary-General;
- Acknowledge that the claims submitted by victims are private law claims and therefore require an appropriate remedy;
- Provide adequate compensation for victims
- Ensure consultation with stakeholders in a transparent manner
The UN later announced that it is mobilizing $400 million for the new response to be delivered via a two track system. Read More
Thirteen members of Congress sent a letter to Ban Ki-moon regarding concerns that it has taken too long for the UN to apologize to victims and set up a process that allows families to seek remedies.
Barbara Lee (D-CA) led the charge and has been a strong advocate on global health issues and aid transparency. Read More
From the Center for Economic and Policy Research (CEPR)
Ever since the first democratic elections in 1990, the influence of foreign actors over Haiti’s political process has only increased. Foreign donors have financed Haitian elections, UN troops have transported ballots and guarded polling stations, international observers have granted (or withheld) legitimacy to electoral outcomes, and foreign embassies have intervened when postelectoral crises erupt.Read More
From the Center for Economic and Policy Research (CEPR):
The devastating passage of hurricane Matthew has changed the dynamics of the upcoming election in Haiti. Following last year’s fraudulent elections, the new electoral council has been making changes in order to produce a more legitimate outcome this year, but the hurricane has raised new concerns. Read More
Church World Service partner Aba System Restavek (ASR) organized a debate on Nov. 16 between children and the candidates for the Senate and Presidency. The aim of the event was to encourage all candidates to sign up to a commitment to addressing children’s issues. Unfortunately, none of the candidates turned up and the event was cancelled. Read More
From the IASC Emergency Directors Group Report from Mission to Haiti:
Members of the IASC Emergency Directors Group (EDG)1 travelled to Haiti from 2 to 5 November 2016 to review the humanitarian situation one month on from Hurricane Matthew, to take stock of current operational challenges and to identify additional support requirements. Read More
This is Part III of an Elections series from the Center for Economic and Policy Research (CEPR).
Haiti Election Primer, Part 3: The Parliament
Read Part 1: Timeline of Key Events, here.
Read Part 2: Presidential Candidates and Their Parties, here.
Often lost in the discussion of Haiti’s presidential race is the fact that many legislative seats are up for grabs as well, including more than half of the Senate. Read More