Who We Are

The Haiti Advocacy Working Group (HAWG) is a coalition of international development, human rights, and faith-based organizations that advocates for aid accountability, democracy, and social justice in U.S.-Haiti policy. The HAWG aims to amplify Haitian voices in policymaking processes at the United Nations, the U.S. Congress, the Administration, and International Financial Institutions. Since the 2010 Haitian Earthquake, the HAWG has worked to ensure a just reconstruction and recovery effort in Haiti. Learn More

What We Do

The HAWG is a reliable resource for analysis, advocacy and activism on Haiti. Participating groups meet regularly in Washington, DC to share timely information from Haiti and to coordinate advocacy efforts. We organize briefings on Capitol Hill and private meetings with policy-makers that are often the only gatherings to include Haitian civil society leaders. HAWG sub-committees dig deep into issues that relate to unmet and emerging needs on a variety of issues including cholera, climate change, aid accountability, democracy and elections.

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Aid Accountability


The HAWG believes that consultation and coordination with domestic Haitian organizations and the Government of Haiti is critical to successful development, and advocates for systematic documentation of aid disbursement to ensure aid accountability and efficacy.
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Cholera Epidemic


The HAWG calls on the United Nations to fund and implement the Cholera Elimination Plan.
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Climate Change

Haiti is particularly vulnerable to the devastating impacts of climate change -- including destructive hurricanes, droughts, coastal erosion, and rising sea levels-- which jeopardize Haitians' food security, infrastructure, and physical safety. Learn More

Elections and Democracy


The HAWG advocates for fair and timely elections free from intimidation, violence, and voter fraud.
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Latest news

Cholera Epidemic, Uncategorized

US Representative Frederica Wilson issues statement in light of UN’s admission of role in cholera epidemic

Last week, Representative Frederica Wilson issued a statement in response to the New York Times article that announced the UN’s acknowledgement of its role in Haiti’s cholera outbreak.

In her press release, Congresswoman Wilson stated,

Today’s announcement is a major first step in righting a wrong. While I welcome the UN’s assumption of responsibility for the cholera outbreak in Haiti, it must be followed with concrete actions that include making cholera victims and their families whole, and investments towards eradicating the epidemic.”

For six years, the HAWG has worked closely with Congresswoman Wilson’s office on the issue of cholera, advocating for UN accountability and a just response to the crisis. Read More

Cholera Epidemic, Uncategorized

ICYMI: UN Admits Role in Haiti’s Cholera Epidemic

The Haiti Advocacy Working Group welcomes the recent UN statement that acknowledges their role in the cholera outbreak that has caused so much illness and death since the mismanagement of wastewater from the UN base in the Artibonite region of Haiti. For 6 years, members of the HAWG have been working to address the cholera epidemic at many levels – in the health sector, in water and sanitation infrastructure funding, and seeking a claims mechanism for victims. Read More

Uncategorized

HAWG bids farewell to Adulin Prophete, CWS Intern

HAWG bids a fond farewell to Adulin Prophete, CWS intern, who also worked with the HAWG on Adulin Propheteclimate change this summer. Adulin played an essential role in taking forward the work of the HAWG’s climate change subgroup, liaising with climate partners in Haiti, civil society and representatives from the Ministry of Environment. Read More

Elections and Democracy

US Withdraws Funding for Haiti Elections

Dismayed by the decision to rerun controversial and fraud-plagued presidential elections, the US State Department announced on Thursday a suspension of electoral assistance to Haiti. State Department spokesperson John Kirby said the decision was communicated to Haitian authorities last week, noting that the US “has provided over $30 million in assistance” for elections and that the move would allow the US “to maintain priority assistance” for ongoing projects. Read More

Aid Accountability and Transparency, Caracol

IDB Puts Its Weight Behind Low-Wage Jobs and Public-Private Partnerships Through Investment in Caracol Plant

A survey of funding commitments to Haiti made by the Inter-American Development Bank, the main multilateral donor in Haiti, shows that the approach of creating low-wage jobs through public-private partnerships occupies a significant portion of the bank’s investments in Haiti.

IDB Projects Approved by YearThe analysis shows that following an increase in pledges immediately following the 2010 earthquake, the Inter-American Development Bank has pledged consistent amounts of money to Haiti since 2011. Read More

Aid Accountability and Transparency, Food Sovereignty

Massachusetts Congressional Delegation Says: Prevent the Peanut Dump!

Last Friday, the Congressional representatives from Massachusetts in both House and Senate, sent a letter to Secretary Kerry asking the State Department to intervene before surplus peanuts from the U.S. are sent to Haiti. Reinforcing a letter from Massachusetts State Senator, Linda Dorcena Forry, they expressed concern about the planned shipment and asked for a response from the Secretary. Read More

Aid Accountability and Transparency, Food Sovereignty

Plus de 60 Organisations Haïtiennes et Américaines Réclament la Suppression d’un Don de Cacahouètes de l’USDA

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02/05/2016

POUR DE PLUS AMPLES RENSEIGNEMENTS, VEUILLEZ COMMUNIQUER AVEC

Claire Gilbert, (617) 524-1400 (Grassroots International)

Ricot Jean Pierre +(509) 3166-2020 (Plateforme Haïtienne de Plaidoyer pour un Développement Alternatif)

Plus de 60 organisations haïtiennes et américaines réclament la suppression d’un don de cacahouètes de l’USDA

Plus de 60 organisations en Haïti et aux Etats-Unis ont signé une lettre commune exigeant l’annulation d’un don de 500 tonnes métriques de cacahouètes à l’Haïti planifié par département de l’Agriculture des États-Unis (l’USDA). Read More

Aid Accountability and Transparency, Food Sovereignty

Haitian & U.S. Organizations Demand USDA Peanut Plan Be Cancelled

PRESS RELEASE: May 2, 2016

CONTACT: Claire Gilbert, Grassroots International, (617) 524-1400

More than 60 Haitian and US Organizations Demand USDA Peanut Plan Be Cancelled

Over 60 US and Haitian organizations have joined a letter calling for an immediate cancellation of recent plans announced by the United States Department of Agriculture, USDA, to ship 500 metric tons of peanuts to Haiti under its “Stocks for Food” program.  Read More

Uncategorized

A Statement of Solidarity to the People of Nepal

 

The Haiti Advocacy Working Group extends a message of condolence to the people of Nepal as they observe the first year commemoration of the April 25, 2015 earthquake. One year ago today, 8,700 lives were lost, more than 800,000 homes destroyed and countless livelihoods destroyed after a 7.5 magnitude earthquake struck central Nepal. Read More

Gender & Human Rights, Report

UPR Submission: Violence and Discrimination against Women and Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) People in Haiti

Background and Context

1. Thousands of Haitians today are at risk of violence and discrimination as a result of their actual or perceived sexual orientation, their gender identity, or nonconformist social behavior. The mere perception that individual may be LGBT can place their life directly at risk because extreme hostility and discriminatory attitudes toward LGBT members are so pervasive. Read More