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
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Number of people killed in the earthquake in 2010: over 217,300
Minimum number of Haitians killed by the U.N.–caused cholera epidemic: 8,774
Number of years it took after the introduction of cholera for the international community to hold a donor conference to raise funds for the cholera response: 4
Amount pledged for cholera eradication: $50 million
Amount needed: $2.2 billion
On October 23 Haiti’s cholera victims finally had their first court hearing regarding their suit against the UN. However, no one from the UN showed up. Since 2011, representatives of the victims have sought to obtain reparations from the UN given the overwhelming evidence that troops from the United Nations’ Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH) were responsible for bringing cholera to the island. Read More
More than four-and-a-half years after the devastating earthquake in Haiti, the U.S. Congress passed legislation on Friday demanding greater accountability and transparency in U.S. relief and reconstruction efforts. “[W]e need to provide more accountability of our efforts to rebuild Haiti as we work to produce sustainable local capacity and strengthen democratic institutions,” said Rep. Read More
One of the better tools to achieve accountability and transparency, the Assessing Progress in Haiti Act will, among other requirements:
- Examine carefully how obligated funds have been used by USAID and its implementing partners at both the prime and subprime levels;
- Detail existing goals and quantitative and qualitative indicators that USAID is applying at the program level;
- Assess how the Department of State and USAID are working with Haitian authorities and consulting Haitian grassroots organizations in the design and implementation of aid programs;
- Assess efforts to include the Haitian private sector in recovery and development programs;
- Assess whether vulnerable populations, including Internally Displaced Populations, women, children, orphans and persons with disabilities have been taken into account in the design and implementation of new programs;
- Assess how USAID programs are impacting the livelihoods of smallholder farmers who are crucial to Haiti’s economy;
- Examine the U.S.
The following is a June 12, 2014, open letter from organizational leaders calling on Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Senator Robert Menendez and Ranking Member Senator Bob Corker to support swift passage of the Assessing Progress in Haiti Act.
Dear Chairman Menendez and Ranking Member Corker,
We, the undersigned heads of development, faith-based, human rights and social justice organizations, remain steadfast in our commitment to see a just recovery in Haiti after the deadly 2010 earthquake. Read More
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
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
Recordings of the different briefings are available online.
- Gender Briefing (February 4th)– www.youtube.com/watch?v=sV1Y5ZF7H3o
- Reception and Photo Exhibit (February 4th) – www.youtube.com/watch?v=MS_qQcRTXyM
- Interfaith Prayer Breakfast (February 5th)– www.youtube.com/watch?v=eznd7SnfZ4Q
- Accountability Briefing (February 5th)– www.youtube .com/watch?v=rfZGCztqxzE
- Housing Briefing (February 5th)– www.youtube.com/watch?v=-f-D33Padww
- Agriculture Briefing (February 5th)– www.youtube.com/watch?v=wAa16Pr-Zcg&feature=youtu.be
- Closing remarks by Rep.
Government of Haiti
The government of Haiti (GOH) sent representatives to attend the events, as well as meet with Haitian grassroots partners and the HAWG during a separate, private meeting on housing. This meeting was a breakthrough for all sides, as the representative for the Haitian senate provided important information on the mechanisms for consultations with the Haitian parliament, particularly the senate, and the ways to access them. Read More