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Haïti Reconstruction

Five Years Later: Haiti's Progress, Before and After the Earthquake

David Weiss | Posted 03.11.2015 | Impact
David Weiss

As we remember the devastating earthquake that struck Haiti five years ago, it is important that we understand that tragic event in the broader context of that nation's recent history. Thirty-four years ago, I was assigned to Haiti for two years as an economic officer in the U.S. Embassy.

Journal Entry: Our Final Day in Haiti

Dr. Jane Aronson | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Dr. Jane Aronson

We leave today with amazing memories of four days of camaraderie and self-discovery. I travel frequently to the countries of WWO and am in awe of the work. I find myself inspired by the children who we serve.

A Tale of Two NGOs: In Haiti, Disaster Aid or Aid Disaster?

Beverly Bell | Posted 05.18.2013 | Books
Beverly Bell

Anthropologist Mark Schuller's new book Killing with Kindness: Haiti, International Aid, and NGOs examines why abundant foreign aid dollars and agencies have not improved the socio-economic status or security of Haiti's people.

Haiti: World Bank Helps Undermine Grassroots Groups, Democracy

Jane Regan | Posted 01.22.2013 | World
Jane Regan

Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Jan. 22 2013 -- A $61 million dollar, eight-year World Bank community development project implemented across half of Haiti has ...

Ten New Year's Resolutions for U.S. Policy Towards Latin America

Lisa Haugaard | Posted 03.06.2013 | World
Lisa Haugaard

If we could keep these resolutions, 2013 would be a banner year for U.S.-Latin American relations.

The Creole Connection: New Orleans, Haiti and Catastrophe

Beverly Bell | Posted 10.30.2012 | Impact
Beverly Bell

Despite all, New Orleans after the flood and Haiti after the earthquake serve as object lessons: except in cases of extreme, prolonged violence, the capacity of humanity to survive, create positive change, sustain culture, and even hold joy is without limit.

Two Years Later -- Reimagining Haiti

Maria Bello | Posted 03.13.2012 | Impact
Maria Bello

Haiti is not just "rebuilding" with cement and muscle. Haiti is "reimagining" a nation, with a bold vision and collective dream.

Home: From Displacement Camps to Community in Haiti

Beverly Bell | Posted 01.04.2012 | World
Beverly Bell

As 2012 begins, a growing movement of displaced people and their allies in Haiti is actively claiming the right to housing.

Wings Over Haiti Takes Flight

Lee Schneider | Posted 01.11.2012 | Impact
Lee Schneider

Wings Over Haiti is raising $70,000 to build a new self-sustaining solar-powered school that will be larger, with room to store books, supplies, medicine, and room for a garden.

Build On What They Have: Ownership and Development in Haiti

Chad W. Bissonnette | Posted 10.11.2011 | Impact
Chad W. Bissonnette

Haiti must be managed by Haitians. As friends of Haiti, we can have a role -- an important role in fact -- but it must be a supportive role and not a managerial role.

Regine Barjon at Senate Hearing: "The People of Haiti Know What They Want"

Georgianne Nienaber | Posted 08.27.2011 | Impact
Georgianne Nienaber

Dual citizenship will not solve these problems when Haiti needs the basic human rights of clean water, sustainable jobs and infrastructure.

Is Haiti Poor? Its People Respond

Beverly Bell | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Beverly Bell

That depends on how you define poverty and wealth. We have solidarity, community and other riches, too, like people who work hard for the global economy. But it's hard for a little country to rise up, especially in our case.

In Haiti, Land Reform as a Pillar of Reconstruction

Beverly Bell | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Beverly Bell

Ronel Thelusmond is the director of the technical division of the National Institute for the Application of Agrarian Reform (INARA), which is part of ...

Finding Housing for Haitians Still Without A Home

Beverly Bell | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Beverly Bell

While the eyes of the world are on Haiti's illegitimate elections, about 1.5 million displaced earthquake survivors continue to live in sub-human conditions.

In Haiti, "We Will Never Fall Asleep Forgetting"

Beverly Bell | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Beverly Bell

This month, human rights organizations throughout Port-au-Prince are holding public colloquia on the dictatorship. They hope to educate those who didn't live under Duvalier and to reignite those who did.

"Haiti Needs a Social Policy for Housing"

Beverly Bell | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Beverly Bell

Ronel Thelusmond is director at the Haitian Ministry of Agriculture. I asked Ronel how the government could get housing for the estimated 1.5 million people who lost their homes during the earthquake.

Haitian Renaissance: Youth Paint a New Country

Beverly Bell | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Beverly Bell

Today, 68 youth from ages 8 to early 20s are painting and sculpting. The artwork represents the daily stuff of Haitian life, like forms of labor, scenes inside village huts, and landscapes.

Haiti, One Year Later

Kevin Powell | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Kevin Powell

One year ago today we witnessed one of the greatest human tragedies in recent world history, the horrific earthquake and its ugly aftermath in Haiti.

The Poor Always Pay: The Electoral Crisis in Haiti

Beverly Bell | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Beverly Bell

The electoral debacle appears to have one other beneficiary besides whoever wins the presidency. It is the boys who, for once in this super-dense city with almost no recreational spaces, have had endless open streets on which to play soccer.

"Miami Rice": The Business of Disaster in Haiti

Beverly Bell | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Beverly Bell

What is at stake in Haiti? What interests underlie the grab for power in the country? One answer is the large amount of aid and development dollars that are circulating.

"The People Must Be Agents of Change": The Lambi Fund of Haiti

Beverly Bell | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Beverly Bell

A society that maintains so much exclusion simply can't achieve development. No way. Development has to involve everyone.

Guest Blog: "Haiti's Unnatural Disasters"

Mark Schuller | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Mark Schuller

Haiti is being battered from every which direction, it seems. People who have survived the earthquake now have to contend with a deadly outbreak of ...

Haitian Women and Elections: Presidents, Politics and Power

Beverly Bell | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Beverly Bell

Reconstructing Haiti is not about buildings, projects, or money. It's about power -- about who gets to control what the future Haiti looks like. We asked Haitian women their thoughts on women, power and the elections.

What Can the Power of Art Accomplish?

Carine Fabius | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
Carine Fabius

Several themes have been dancing around inside my head lately. Tiptoeing like a ballerina is the power of art to transform us.

Haiti: Our Promise, Our History, Our Neighbor

Rev. Jesse Jackson | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Rev. Jesse Jackson

Haiti must have a higher place on our priority list. In March, the United States pledged $1.15 billion in aid to Haiti, but to date it has paid nothing; the money is tied up in the congressional appropriations process.