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.”