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Mining, Report

Human Rights and Environmental Risks of Gold Mining in Haiti

Haiti stands at a crossroads: The prospect of gold mining glitters on the horizon, while the reality of an uncertain political future, weak institutions, and widespread impoverishment glares in the foreground. Celebrated as the only nation in the world born of a successful slave revolution, but known today as the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere, Haiti is a fragile, if resilient, place. Read More

Aid Accountability and Transparency, Report

New Tools for Assessing Progress in Haiti Reconstruction and Development

Last July, in a stirring and rare demonstration of bipartisanship, the U.S. House and the Senate passed a bill dedicated to increasing transparency and accountability around the billions of dollars of U.S. government funds allocated to assistance to Haiti since the January 2010 earthquake.  On August 8, President Obama signed the Assessing Progress in Haiti Act and the clock began ticking down for the State Department to produce the first of several comprehensive reports detailing the government’s assistance efforts, as mandated by the new law. Read More

Aid Accountability and Transparency, Gender & Human Rights, Report

Caracol Industrial Parks: Social and Gender Impacts of Year One of Haiti’s Newest IFI-funded Industrial Park

Officially open for business since October 2012, Caracol Industrial Park (PIC) is expected to become Haiti’s largest private employer and foreign investor. US$ 424 million in development aid from donors including the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and the United States government have been committed to the Park and ten PIC support projects. Read More

Gender & Human Rights, Report

Building Back by Half? Gender Issues in IFI Investments in Post-Earthquake Haiti

On January 12, 2010, an earthquake struck Haiti west of its capital, Port-au-Prince, killing over 200,000 and causing an estimated US$ 8 billion in damages. Promising to “build back better”, bilateral and multilateral donors including International Financial Institutions (IFIs) have pledged over US$ 13 billion to the humanitarian and reconstruction efforts to date. Read More

Aid Accountability and Transparency, Report

USAID Infrastructure Projects Have Had Mixed Results and Face Sustainability Challenges

As of March 31, 2013, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) had obligated $293 million (45 percent) and disbursed $204 million (31 percent) of $651 million in funding for Haiti from the Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2010 (the Act). The Department of State (State) submitted four of five periodic reports to Congress, as required by the Act. Read More

Aid Accountability and Transparency, Report

Breaking Open the Black Box: Increasing Aid Transparency and Accountability in Haiti

From CEPR: http://www.cepr.net/publications/reports/breaking-open-the-black-box

April 2013, Jake Johnston and Alexander Main

The U.S. government pledged $1.15 billion for relief and reconstruction projects in Haiti. Key U.S. actors, like the State Department’s Cheryl Mills, acknowledged a “unique opportunity to ‘build back better’” and “an obligation to ensure that aid is actually effective.” Over three years have passed since Haiti’s earthquake and, despite USAID’s stated commitment to greater transparency and accountability, the question “where has the money gone?” echoes throughout the country. Read More