Haiti: Stabilization and Reconstruction after the Quake – ICG

    Haiti’s earthquake produced enormous devastation that threatens political and socio-economic stability and poses huge recovery and reconstruction challenges, the International Crisis Group (ICG) says in a new report, “Haiti: Stabilization and Reconstruction after the Quake.” It analyses how long-standing institutional and governance weaknesses, as well as deep poverty, compound the major humanitarian crisis. The situation could become very difficult to control if the security environment deteriorates further in the approaching rainy and hurricane seasons. Urgent action is required to maintain political and socio-economic stability and restore security and the rule of law so as to create an enabling environment for reconstruction, the ICG says. “To make reconstruction work, the process must uphold democracy, restore security and support rule of law,” says Bernice Robertson, the group’s Senior Analyst. “Long-term planning needs to be accompanied by robust consensus among all Haiti’s civil, political and economic constituencies, including the Diaspora, on the recovery and reconstruction process.”

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