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, Elections and Democracy, Gender & Human Rights

With New Global Fragility Act, US Must Avoid Past Mistakes and Let Haitians Control Their Own Democracy

HAWG members have been organizing and participating in consultations with the U.S. government surrounding the implementation process for the Global Fragility Act, a framework now called “Strategy to Prevent Conflict and Promote Stability” (SPCPS). This hopefully fruitful work will continue in coming months.

HAWG member IJDH staffer Sasha Filippova just published this op-ed on the hopes and cautions of this work. Read More

Labor Rights

Haiti Workers Push Forward for Higher Wages

HAWG member Solidarity Center continues to accompany Haitian workers primarily in the garment sector in seeking higher wages, benefits and better working conditions. Demonstrations have been met with some violence, but progress is happening

The coalition paused minimum wage demonstrations after the Prime Minister agreed to supplementary benefits to workers’ wages: free transportation to and from the factory and lunch stipends. Read More

Climate Change, Gender & Human Rights

Violence Against Women and the Climate Crisis: Submissions to the UN Special Rapporteur

Various HAWG members have provided input to the United Nations (UN) Special Rapporteur on violence against women, its causes and consequences.

First, the Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti (IJDH), Nègès Mawon, and the Global Justice Clinic (GJC) at the New York University School of Law responded to the call for inputs on violence against women and girls in the context of the climate crisis. Read More

Gender & Human Rights

EVENT: Advancing Women’s Rights in Haiti: The Fight for Political Participation, Social Equality, and an End to Gender-Based Violence

HAWG member Institute for Justice & Democracy in Haiti is pleased to invite you to attend our webinar in honor of International Women’s Day,

Advancing Women’s Rights in Haiti: 

The Fight for Political Participation, Social Equality, and an End to Gender-Based Violence

March 8, 2022 2 – 3:30 p.m. EST

Haiti’s Constitution explicitly guarantees Haitian women equality and representation with respect to political power and decision-making. Read More

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2022 Haiti Advocacy Research and Policy Fellowship

2022 Policy Fellowship

We are seeking a quarter-time, year-long policy and research fellow to support the ongoing development of the advocacy infrastructure of the Haitian Women’s Collective. As a member of the Haiti Advocacy Working Group (HAWG), the Haitian Women’s Collective will sponsor a policy fellow as part of their membership participation. Read More

Aid Accountability and Transparency, Report

Report from CEPR: Twelve Years After Haiti’s Devastating Earthquake, New Report Recommends Key USAID Reforms

From HAWG member Center for Economic and Policy Research comes the public release of this critical report.

Washington, DC — Twelve years after the 2010 earthquake that devastated Haiti, a new report from the Center for Economic and Policy Research (CEPR) examines US aid failures in Haiti, identifies several core reasons why US aid has not resulted in measurable and lasting improvements, and proposes several reforms that could be made to how the US Agency for International Development (USAID) operates in Haiti. Read More

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EVENT: Haitian Women Leading the Earthquake Response in Haiti

Thursday, October 14, 6:30pm

Join The Haitian Women’s Collective for a conversation about the current status, strategies and next phase of their response.

With:

  • Nora Jeanne Joseph, Chief Root Cultivator – RADIKAL
  • Myrima Narcisse, Executive Director – Haiti Adolescent Girls Network
  • Linda Telemaque, Country Director – Hope For Haiti

Register

Please also consider providing a generous donation to encourage the continued work as a collective. Read More

Aid Accountability and Transparency

Op-ed: International response to Haiti’s earthquake must avoid 2010 mistakes

International response to Haiti’s earthquake must avoid 2010 mistakes

From Brian Concannon and Kathleen Bergin, contributing to The Hill

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As the death toll and displacement from Saturday’s earthquake in Haiti mounts, the United States must urgently mobilize to provide help. But we must, just as urgently, resolve to avoid mistakes we made following the 2010 earthquake that left Haiti even more dependent on foreign aid. Read More

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IJDH Universal Periodic Review Submissions on Haiti

The Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti has just released two Universal Periodic Reviews to the United Nations Human Rights Council regarding Gender Based Violence and Justice Challenges in Haiti. The review allows for the State and all relevant stakeholders (including non-governmental organizations (NGOs), national human rights institutions (NHRIs) and regional mechanisms) to report on the status of human rights situations in their country as well as declare what actions they have taken to overcome these human rights challenges. Read More

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Oxfam Releases New Report on USAID Local Governance Project in Haiti

In Haiti, the traditional centralization of power in Port-au-Prince has far-reaching effects, one of which is the limited influence of ordinary citizens on holding local officials accountable for providing basic services like trash removal, water and sanitation, and maintaining healthy and safe marketplaces. From 2013 to 2018, USAID carried out a project known as LOKAL+ that was aimed at supporting and strengthening ten district-level governments. Read More