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

Aid Accountability and Transparency, Food Sovereignty, Report

Oxfam publishes assessment of AVANSE

USAID’s AVANSE Project in Haiti: An assessment of its conformity with aid effectiveness principles.

In 2013, the US Agency for International Development (USAID) launched Appui à la Valorisation du Potentiel Agricole du Nord, pour la Sécurité Économique et Environnementale—Aid to Realize the Agricultural Potential of the North, for Economic and Environmental Security, or AVANSE—in northern Haiti. Read More

Aid Accountability and Transparency, Gender & Human Rights, Report

Gender Action report on IFI spending in Haiti

New Gender Report on IFI Spending in Haiti

Gender Justice Scorecard: IFIs in Haiti analyzes the gender sensitivity of Inter-American Development Bank and World Bank investments from 2013-17. The two IFIs spent nearly $1.5 billion in Haiti during this period, substantially less than during 2010-13 following the 2010 earthquake (see our report Building Back by Half or BBBH). Read More

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Philip Wearne: a Tribute

The Haiti Advocacy Working Group (HAWG) mourns the loss of Phillip Wearne, who suddenly and unexpectedly passed last month.

Phillip’s professional skills combined journalism, research, documentary making.  A longtime member of the UK based Haiti Support Group, he had a lead role in producing their bulletin, Haiti Briefing.   Not long after the 2010 Haiti Earthquake, Phillip brought his experience to the HAWG.  Read More

Mining

Op-Ed: Metal Mining Would Be Disastrous for Haiti

*As printed in the NYTimes – Full Op-ed available here: https://www.nytimes.com/2018/03/29/opinion/metal-mining-haiti.html

By Ellie Happel

After the 2010 earthquake killed more than 200,000 people and displaced more than a million, the government of Haiti identified mining for gold and other metals as necessary to strengthen the economy.

To that end, the government and the World Bank worked to revise the country’s mining law to attract foreign investment. Read More

Cholera Epidemic

Congress secures $10 million for cholera in Haiti

Congressional Lawmakers Join Forces to Secure $10 Million in FY2018 Omnibus Bill to Address Haiti’s Cholera Epidemic

 Washington, D.C. – In the current political climate, Democrats and Republicans don’t often agree on much, but in a rare act of bipartisanship, Congress has passed an omnibus package that rejected many of the White House’s harsh budget cuts. Read More

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Haiti TPS extended for 18 months before termination – HAWG statements

Tuesday evening the Administration announced that TPS for Haitians would be extended for 18 months ahead of the program’s termination. HAWG members are concerned that the decision was made solely based on evaluating conditions after the earthquake almost 8 years ago. Compounding effects of cholera, food insecurity and multiple hurricanes have left Haiti very vulnerable to minor shocks. Read More

Aid Accountability and Transparency, Report, Uncategorized

1804 Institute launches new report on corruption

Stronger Institutions in Haiti: Can transparency and accountability make a difference in Haiti?

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Corruption! Embezzlement! Poverty! The Senate’s report on Petro Caribe provides a glimpse into the depth of the culture of corruption that seems to have characterized Haiti’s governance for the past ten years. This is a crucial time for Haitians to begin a serious dialogue about the role that transparency and accountability can play in strengthening their public institutions. Read More

Immigration and deportation advocacy, Uncategorized

Haitian Faith leaders write in support of TPS extension

Acting Secretary Elaine Duke Secretary Department of Homeland Security 3801 Nebraska Avenue NW Washington, D.C. 20016 November 16, 2017

RE: Request from Haitian Religious Leaders to Re-Designate and Extend Temporary Protected Status for Haiti for 18 Months

Dear Acting Secretary Duke:

We are writing as pastors and other faith leaders who are directly from Haitian heritage. Read More

Immigration and deportation advocacy

Diaz Balart and Nelson advocate in favor of TPS at DHS meeting

Diaz-Balart and Nelson Advocate for Haiti TPS in Meeting with DHS Acting Secretary Duke

Nov 16, 2017
Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart (R-FL) issued the following statement after he and Senator Bill Nelson (D-FL) met with Department of Homeland Security Acting Secretary Elaine Duke.

“I am glad I was able to meet with Acting Secretary Duke to continue advocating for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Haitian nationals currently residing in the United States.

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