Oxfam Gears Up for Reconstruction Work in Haiti

Haitians rebuild an earthquake-damaged road. Photo by: Mariana Nissen / United Nations Development Program

Oxfam will implement recovery and reconstruction programs in Haiti over the next two years, a new report by the aid group notes.

The aid group has pledged to work with local organizations and government authorities to help provide long-term solutions to problems in water, sanitation and living conditions of vulnerable Haitians, according to a report authored by Elspeth Clayton, communications officer at Oxfam Haiti.

Oxfam will also invest in local businesses and small-scale agricultural producers, the report adds.

The group is holding an online discussion on the rehabilitation of Haiti today, which marks the first anniversary of a temblor that killed hundreds of thousands of people and displaced more than a million others in the Caribbean country.

Martin Hartberg, humanitarian policy and advocacy adviser at Oxfam, will be live online from Port-au-Prince from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. Greenwich Mean Time today to take questions about the ongoing rehabilitation efforts in Haiti.

An Oxfam report authored by Hartberg on the progress of Haitian recovery operations indicates that a lack of coordination between aid agencies and donors has hampered rebuilding efforts in the impoverished country.

Questions for Hartberg can be submitted through the “Poverty Matters” blog published in the Guardian.

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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.