Haitian Recovery Efforts Lack Local Ownership, Critics Say

    Rebuilding quake-ravaged Haiti requires efforts from the ground up, critics say.

    But the Interim Haiti Reconstruction Commission, which oversees rehabilitation projects, does not even include a representative from grass-roots organizations in Haiti, Lisa Davis, a professor at the International Women’s Human Rights Clinic in the City University of New York, has told IPS.

    “This is the cookie cutter process of countries being rebuilt from the outside, for example, when donors create economies that manufacture goods for export rather than to meet the needs of the Haitian community,” according to Davis.

    The reluctance or inability of many international aid groups to engage Haitian organizations has contributed to shortages and violence in camps, critics have noted. 

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    • Ma. Rizza Leonzon

      As a former staff writer, Rizza focused mainly on business coverage, including key donors such as the Asian Development Bank and AusAID.

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