ActionAid: Haitian Public Lacks Voice in Reconstruction Plans

    A Port-au-Prince man is in the process of shoveling, transporting and dumping the debris of what was once his home into the street of the city's Turgeau neighbourhood two months after an earthquake devastated Haiti's capital in January 2010. Photo by: Sophia Paris/United Nations

    The Haitian public is being excluded from important decisions regarding the country’s reconstruction, international organization ActionAid said ahead of a March 30 conference in New York. Local organizations and officials were not properly consulted on the action plan to be presented to more than 120 donors attending the conference.

    “This document has been developed mainly by and for Haiti’s international partners rather than local people. It was rushed through for the donor conference and only individual experts participated as opposed to organizations,” Myra de Brujin, ActionAid Haiti Program and Policy Manager said. “In general, the humanitarian coordination system has been very problematic for local organizations as documents are mainly in English and meetings are difficult to access.”

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