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Haiti after the Donors’ Conference A Way Forward

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Robert Maguire
Robert Maguire, a Haiti specialist, is an associate professor of international affairs at Trinity Washington University. He was a Jennings Randolph Senior Fellow at the United States Institute of Peace in 2008–09 and currently serves as the chair of the Institute’s Haiti Working Group.
Summary
Following a year of economic setbacks, natural disasters, and political tumult in Haiti, bilateral and multilateral donors convened at a mid-April 2009 conference and pledged $353 million to reduce poverty and stimulate economic growth there. But it is by no means certain that this pledge—and the additional hundreds of millions of dollars coming in from earlier pledges—will reverse the country’s fortunes. At present, Haiti continues to be characterized by turmoil, a lack of sustained growth, and extremes of poverty and human suffering, and it remains highly vulnerable to external shocks. This report surveys poverty and inequality in Haiti and examines obstacles to sustained stability and growth as a means of understanding why stimulative efforts have not succeeded thus far. It offers conclusions and recommendations aimed at providing Haitians and their international supporters a way forward for achieving sustained stability and growth and for lessening the country’s turmoil and vulnerability to external shocks. Continue reading Haiti after the Donors’ Conference A Way Forward

Film marks new round in battle over sugar

National Catholic Reporter

A wealthy Catholic family in the Dominican Republic is attempting to block, in a U.S. court, commercial distribution of a documentary alleging that the family oversees what amounts to modern slavery of Haitians who work in its extensive sugar operations.

The complex tale has a

A worker carries sugar cane. (Photos by Walter Astrada)
A worker carries sugar cane. (Photos by Walter Astrada)

t its center the story of a controversial Spanish-born priest, Fr. Christopher Hartley, whose path to the Dominican Republic wound through the New York archdiocese, where he was befriended by the late Cardinal John O’Connor, and whose dismissal from the Caribbean nation was ostensibly for running afoul of the local bishop over internal church matters. (See accompanying story [1].) Continue reading Film marks new round in battle over sugar

Bill Clinton to be UN Haiti envoy

BBC

A house in Cabaret, Haiti damaged by Hurricane Ike '07 Sept 2008. Storms caused some $1bn in damage to Haiti in 2008
A house in Cabaret, Haiti damaged by Hurricane Ike '07 Sept 2008. Storms caused some $1bn in damage to Haiti in 2008

Bill Clinton is to be the new UN special envoy to Haiti, a spokesman for the former US president said.

Mr Clinton was quoted by the Miami Herald newspaper as saying he would be honoured to accept the position.

He would work to help Haiti rebuild after last year’s tropical storms which claimed the lives of nearly 800 people and caused $1bn (£660m) in damage. Continue reading Bill Clinton to be UN Haiti envoy

Impoverished Haiti Slips Further as Remittances Dry Up

Washington Post

By Mary Beth Sheridan

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Residents paint images depicting President Barack Obama, center, and Canada’s Governor General Michaelle Jean on a wall at the slum of Bel Air in Port-au-Prince, Wednesday, April 15, 2009. (AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa) (Ramon Espinosa – AP)

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti, April 16 — The U.S. economic crisis touched down recently in the dusty town where Marie Rosita Simon ekes out a living selling sandals. Her brother, a New Jersey cabdriver, slashed his monthly $400 transfer to her by half because his business was off.

For Simon, that amounted to a 40 percent plunge in income for her family of five. Coming after a horrendous year in which food prices soared and hurricanes washed away her plantain and bean crops, the 43-year-old street vendor decided something had to go: dinner. And sometimes she can’t provide breakfast for her children.

“They’re hungry,” she confessed. Continue reading Impoverished Haiti Slips Further as Remittances Dry Up

ACTION: Urge Congress to Support Haiti

Jesuit Refugee Service

Take action today to urge your congressional representative to sign-on as a co-sponsor of H.R. 144, a bill that will temporarily halt deportations of Haitian nationals in the United States, allowing the Haitian government the time it needs to invest its limited resources into rebuilding the country and offering emergency relief to its suffering citizens following four deadly storms last September. Continue reading ACTION: Urge Congress to Support Haiti

ACTION: Stop Deportation of 30,000 Haitians!

International Action Center

Tell President Obama, Vice President Biden, Secretary of State Clinton, U.N. Secretary-General Ban, Caribbean Economic Community Chair Barrow, Homeland Security Secretary Napolitano, ICE director John P. Torres, Congress and members of the media: Stop the Deportation of 30,000 Haitians!

Please tell Homeland Security and ICE to STOP THE DEPORTATION OF 30,000 HAITIANS! YOUR EMERGENCY ACTION IS NEEDED NOW! Continue reading ACTION: Stop Deportation of 30,000 Haitians!

Anger and Hope: Haitian Families Furious Over School Collapse

Common Dreams
“The poorest ones in Haiti cannot continue to live in hazardous conditions, in abject poverty condemned to suffer and die inhumanly. This neighborhood where the school was, Nerrette, is one of the poor areas in the rich city of Petionville. With some sharing from the wealthy Haitians and good will from municipal authorities, the poor ones next door to the rich ones could have had better treatment and greater services. It is unbelievable that alongside the castles and beautiful and well-built schools for the rich residents of Petionville, there lie, without zoning regulations, the shanty towns.” Reverend Gerard Jean-Juste Continue reading Anger and Hope: Haitian Families Furious Over School Collapse