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Why the Cocks Fight: Dominicans, Haitians and the Fight for Hispaniola.







Michele Wucker, authored a book titled Why the Cocks Fight: Dominicans, Haitians and the Fight for Hispaniola. Wucker, executive director of the World Policy Institute, says the relationship between these two former European colonies is as complicated as Haiti’s relationship with the rest of Latin America.





New hospital in Haiti proves that aid done right can change lives






Port-au-Prince- The gleaming white hospital appears out of nowhere in the bustle of this impoverished city in the Central Plateau of Haiti. It seems even more out of place when you consider what’s inside: 300 beds — more than All Children’s Hospital in St. Petersburg. Six operating rooms. A neonatal intensive care unit. A CT scanner, the only one available to the public in Haiti.  Most important, patients. More than 10,000 have seen clinicians since the hospital opened this spring.


It’s one of the few visible signs of progress since the 2010 earthquake leveled Port-au-Prince.


More than half of American households donated after the earthquake to help a poor country with bad luck. But for the most part, the grand plans of building back better have not materialized. The 1.5 million people living in tents after the earthquake are fewer, but many were forcibly evicted. A garment factory and a luxury hotel, both underwritten by aid, opened with fanfare. These milestones hardly amount to a resounding victory for the people of Haiti.


Against this disappointing effort, University Hospital stands out as a testament to how much can be accomplished in Haiti. It can teach us how to achieve rebuilding and development with effective aid that endures, and better deliver on the generosity of the American people.


The popular narrative would tell you the recovery fell short because Haiti is difficult, unstable, dangerous and corrupt. Just a few days after the quake, New York Times columnist David Brooks blamed Haiti’s trouble on “progress-resistant cultural influences.” It’s a facile explanation of a complex place, but a lot of people found it convincing.


My experience has led me to believe something else. I lived in Port-au-Prince for nine months and now work in Boston at Partners in Health, the global health nonprofit that built L’hopital Universitaire de Mirebalais under the guidance of Brooksville native Dr. Paul Farmer. In my view, the problem lay not with the Haitians but the aid industry that came to their rescue.


The earthquake recovery was largely composed of nonprofit organizations that are more eager to please donors than the people they purport to serve. Too often, they pay lip service to working with communities while largely ignoring them in designing their programs. Many of the so-called experts on alleviating poverty had little experience in Haiti and no plans to stay long term.







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Haiti President Martelly criticises aid on quake anniversary









Haiti’s President Michel Martelly has said international aid to help Haiti recover from a devastating earthquake three years ago is not working. In a speech to mark the anniversary, Mr Martelly said the government had directly received only one third of the aid pledged. Aid donors needed to co-operate more closely with the Haitian government, he added.

Some 200,000 people died in the earthquake, the authorities said.

More than 300,000 Haitians remain in temporary shelter with poor sanitation.

“Where has the money given to Haiti after the earthquake gone?” asked the president.

“Most of the aid was used by non-governmental agencies for emergency operations, not for the reconstruction of Haiti.”

Cholera outbreak

He said he was not asking for absolute control of all aid funding, but rather trying to achieve a better balance between official and NGO programmes.

“Something is not working,” Mr Martelly said, calling for everyone involved to reassess the recovery initiative.

Much of the Caribbean nation’s capital, Port-au-Prince, was devastated by the powerful earthquake that struck in the afternoon of 12 January 2010.

The presidential palace was one of thousands of buildings destroyed in one of the poorest countries in the Western Hemisphere.

“We have recorded damages of nearly $13bn (£8bn),” Mr Martelly told journalists who had gathered at the palace for a short ceremony marking the anniversary of the disaster.

Haiti has since been affected by landslides and hurricanes, as well as an epidemic of cholera and rampant crime.





Haiti Three Years After the Quake: There’s Good News, Too








As Haiti marks the third anniversary of the apocalyptic Jan. 12, 2010, earthquake that killed more than 200,000 people, the conventional wisdom is that the international effort to rebuild the western hemisphere’s poorest nation has been a bust. It took far too long to clear the rubble; some 350,000 displaced Haitians still live in squalid tent camps; U.N. peacekeepers are allegedly responsible for a cholera epidemic, and unemployment continues to top 70%. Even Canada’s International Cooperation Minister, Julian Fantino, said this month after a visit to Haiti  that his country was putting any new aid projects there “on ice” because of the lack of progress he saw.

But let’s be real. Few if any countries, even one as small as Haiti but especially one as impoverished as Haiti, can be rebuilt, let alone built back better, three years after suffering the worst natural disaster in the history of the western hemisphere. That doesn’t excuse the mistakes, nor does it relieve the developed world of its responsibility to help. Still, Haiti would be in a far deeper abyss at this juncture without that U.S. and global aid, muddled or not. And in the long run, ironically, the international community’s failures as well as its successes—and there have been successes, such as a new industrial park on Haiti’s north coast and hundreds of solar-powered street lights in the devastated capital, Port-au-Prince—could reduce Haiti’s addiction to foreign assistance and prod its own feeble, corrupt institutions to stand up and assume more effective governance.

In their $10 billion quest to “build it back better,” foreign donor countries, including the U.S., often got ahead of themselves by shooting for larger-scale projects like economic decentralization before they made sure that more basic and urgent needs like new housing were checked off. (To be fair, however, the U.S. did lead the way in removing the ocean of smashed concrete and twisted rebar, a job that too many other donor nations considered beneath them.) And the bloated presence of independent aid organizations—did we really need Homeopaths Without Borders in Haiti?—is an irksome reminder that the NGO-industrial complex can seem more bent on perpetuating itself than on purging the problems it came to fix.

Haiti marks anniversary

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti – President Michel Martelly urged Haitians to recall the tens of thousands of people who lost their lives in a devastating earthquake three years ago, marking the disaster’s anniversary Saturday with a simple ceremony.

Former President Bill Clinton joined Martelly later in the day for a similarly quiet wreath-laying commemoration.

“Haitian people, hand in hand, we remember what has gone,” Martelly said in the morning as a gigantic Haitian flag flew at half-staff before him on the front lawn of the former National Palace, a pile of tangled steel reinforcement bars nearby. “Hand in hand, we’re remembering, we’re remembering Jan. 12.”

Martelly thanked other countries and international organizations for their help since the Jan. 12, 2010, disaster.

Clad in black, several dozen senior government officials gathered where the opulent white palace stood before it collapsed in the temblor and was later demolished. Foreign diplomats and Czech supermodel Petra Nemcova, earlier named by Martelly as one of Haiti’s goodwill ambassadors, were also there.

In the speech, Martelly announced a government contest seeking designs for a monument to honor those who died in the quake. He also said the government had just released a new construction code aimed at ensuring new buildings are seismically resistant in hopes of preventing the same kind of catastrophic damage in any future earthquake.

In the late morning, Clinton, the UN special envoy to Haiti, joined Martelly and Prime Minister Laurent Lamothe in placing a wreath at a mass burial site north of the capital of Port-au-Prince. None of the three spoke at the event.

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