Haiti: Rebuilding


Haiti can’t be reconstructed by well-meaning outsiders.

Robert B. Zoellick, “How to Rebuild Haiti,” Worldbank.org (February 1, 2010)

The process is characterized by a near-total exclusion of Haitian social actors and a weak and non-coordinated participation by representatives of the Haitian state.

Mouvements sociaux haïtiens quoted in Beverly Bell and Tory Field, “The Business of Disaster: Where’s the Haiti-Bound Money Going?” Truthout.org (April 9, 2010)

International and non-governmental organizations and donors have saturated Port-au-Prince and overwhelmed Haitian institutions–all the more reason that the international donor community take responsibility for coordinating itself and easing the burden on local counterparts.

Kara C. MacDonald, “Spending so that Haiti is ‘Built Back Better,'” Council on Foreign Relations (April 7, 2010)

It was fitting that the March 31 International Donors Conference: Towards a New Future for Haiti was held in the Trustee Council at the United Nations headquarters in New York. At the event, Haitian President René Préval in effect turned over the keys to Haiti to a consortium of foreign banks and governments, which will decide how … to ‘build back better’ the country devastated by the January 12th earthquake.

Kim Ives, “International Donors’ Conference at the UN: For $10 billion of promises, Haiti surrenders its sovereignty,” Haiti Liberté (April 12, 2010)

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