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Haiti: It's time to strengthen homegrown solutions

12 Apr 2024

• INGOs, international donors and the UN should support the leadership of local communities and civil society in the design and delivery of relief, in line with localisation commitments such as the Grand Bargain3, Charter4change4 and Pledge for change5. [...] According to the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), “Virtually every metric of insecurity, from homicide, sexual violence and kidnapping to the killing of police and migration out of the country – is trending upward”8. [...] One week you can go to community disaster risks, developing local school, but for the rest of the month, with the contingency and evacuation plans, and providing violence on the streets, you can’t carry on…In the materials and equipment for community first past we could have two meals a day, but now, we response in the event of a disaster. [...] Although France had previously cancelled a $77 This approach has been used in various crises in million loan16, it hasn’t responded to Haitian civil Haiti ranging from responding to the needs of the society’s reparations movements to address the people affected by the 2021 earthquake, forced decades of “independence debt” that Haiti was returnees from the Dominican Republic and forced to pay Franc. [...] From the perspective of most Haitians, the problem lies in the failure of national governance systems that were not accountable to citizens and international interventions that also hinder the agency and leadership of local communities and local civil society.


Asha Kurien

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United Kingdom