Haiti marked the second anniversary of its devastating earthquake this week, forcing the world to reflect on how it has handled this humanitarian disaster. For coverage I recommend GlobalPost's special report, Fault Line: Aid, Politics, and Blame in Post-Quake Haiti, and the HaitiRewired blog. The UN intervention has been plagued by scandals, from the accidental introduction of cholera to peacekeepers raping a young man. These downsides have led many in Haiti and beyond to question the legitimacy of the mission. Accusations of corruption in the distribution of aid also abound.
Nonetheless, there are bright spots of recovery in this vibrant nation, and in commemoration I wanted to highlight some of the Haiti stories that Carnegie Council featured over the past several years:
- Build Back Better: Strategies for Societal Renewal, a special edition of Innovations journal with case studies from a range of social entrepreneurs in finance, ICT, and construction.
- Can We Build Better Health? Peter Williams explains a design competition his NGO sponsored to build homes in Haiti that promote better health through improved ventilation.
- Recovering Haiti, a discussion of labor rights, the diaspora, and Haitian-Dominican relations with activist Colette Lespinasse.
- A Permaculture Strategy for Port-au-Prince, an interview I conducted with agronomist Geoff Lawton on farming techniques that can be used to rehabilitate the landscape and generate sustainable food and livelihoods.
- Haiti and the Rules of Generosity, wherein philosopher Peter Singer examines the ethics of aid.
- American Sugar Policy Leaves a Sour Taste, a look at how American trade policy can have devastating consequences on labor rights and entire sectors, by Matt Peterson.
[PHOTO CREDIT: Chimen Lakay (CC).]