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
On the tenth anniversary of Haiti’s devastating earthquake, Haitians need aid policies that focus on an equitable and livable future
January 10, 2020 – Washington, DC – January 12th marks ten years after a 7.0 magnitude earthquake struck Haiti’s capital, Port-au-Prince. Human rights groups, faith-based organizations, policy institutes, and humanitarian organizations of the Haiti Advocacy Working Group (HAWG) honor those who lost their lives on that day. Read More
Reps. Levin and Lee Send Letter to Sec. Pompeo Expressing Concerns over Violence Against Civil Protesters in Haiti
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
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
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
*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
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
By Elaine Zuckerman, Gender Action
Mining Controversy in Haiti
Over the past 10 years, American and Canadian companies have invested more than $30 million to explore for gold and other metals in Haiti. In late 2012, the government issued three gold and copper mining exploitation permits. Read More
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