Aid Accountability and Transparency

Aid Accountability and Transparency, Good Governance

Book Talk on the History of Foreign Intervention in Haiti

Join us Tuesday, March 19 at 6pm EST at Busboys and Poets on 450 K St. NW, DC for a book talk with CEPR’s Jake Johnston on his new book, Aid State: Elite Panic, Disaster Capitalism, and the Battle to Control Haiti

On behalf of the Haiti Advocacy Working Group, the Haitian American Foundation for Democracy, the Haiti Response Coalition, the Center for Economic and Policy Research and the Institute for Policy Studies, we cordially invite you to a book talk on Tuesday, March 19 from 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm at Busboys and Poets on 450 K St. Read More

Aid Accountability and Transparency, Gender & Human Rights, Good Governance, Security

U.S. FOREIGN POLICY ON HAITI: THE WAY FORWARD

A joint statement by HAWG members AJWS and UUSC:

U.S. FOREIGN POLICY ON HAITI: THE WAY FORWARD

As the United States and international community continue to discuss ways to support the Haitian people, American Jewish World Service and the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee have issued the following joint statement and recommendations: 

Over the past decade, the regime governing Haiti has stolen billions of dollars in public funds, dismantled democratic institutions, and funded and armed gangs. Read More

Aid Accountability and Transparency, Elections and Democracy, Good Governance

Are We Asking the Right Questions About Haiti

Our HAWG chair, Alan Yarborough, recently published “Are We Asking the Right Questions about Haiti?” in which he reemphasizes the need for all actors that want to help ameliorate Haiti’s crisis to reframe their questions. In the midst of the release of the executive summary of the 10-year Global Fragility Act plan for Haiti, it is imperative that the international community recognize the need to rethink the questions we are asking including:

  1. Why are we still talking about how bad conditions are in Haiti?
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Access to land, Aid Accountability and Transparency, Caracol, Food Sovereignty, Labor Rights

Haitian Farmers Request Final Push to Receive Full Compensation

The Strength of a Community: Haitian Farmers Request Final Push to Receive Full Compensation

Check out this amazing new update from Accountability Counsel!

“In 2018, we shared groundbreaking news that communities we support in Haiti had reached an historic agreement to remedy harm. We are in year five of implementing that agreement, and while significant progress has been made, critical gaps require more time and a concerted push to see this agreement over the finish line. Read More

Aid Accountability and Transparency, Elections and Democracy, Good Governance, Security

Six Ways the US and the International Community Can Help Haiti Without Armed Intervention

As the discussion around armed intervention in Haiti continues to grow, Vélina Élysée Charlier, Alexandra Filippova, and Tom Ricker just published a piece on the Six Ways the US and the International Community Can Help Haiti Without Armed Intervention, which covers practical recommendations that Haitian civil society and U.S. based advocates have discussed and proposed multiple times over the past year or more. Read More

Aid Accountability and Transparency, Cholera Epidemic, Gender & Human Rights, Health

ICYMI: Report “Broken UN Promises Lead to Haiti Cholera Resurgence”

HAWG members IJDH and BAI recently released a press release stating that Broken UN Promises Lead to Haiti Cholera. In this piece, the two organizations call out the UN for their failure to keep their promise of investing $400 million to cover the cholera epidemic.

Read the report!

Since its outbreak in 2010, the UN-imported cholera has killed over 10,000 people and infected nearly 1 million between 2010 and 2019Read More

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

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

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

Excerpt

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

Aid Accountability and Transparency, Food Crisis, Food Sovereignty, Gender & Human Rights

Can Haiti’s Peanut Value Chain Survive US Generosity?

Research by PAPDA (the Haitian Advocacy Platform for Alternative Development) and Oxfam found that peanut value chain actors in Haiti face a number of serious constraints, including nonexistence of state support; weak organization; use of traditional production methods; and lack of access to irrigation and inputs, including herbicides to control aflatoxin, all in a context of poverty and vulnerable livelihoods. Read More