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Sarah from the Flora Family Foundation would like to hear “about whether donors should be (or are currently) making contingency plans for a possible change of political leadership (the Presidency or otherwise) within Haiti? What are the likely implications (if any) of such a change in leadership, for the development and philanthropy agenda in Haiti?“
This is Jacky from HDI. At the moment, it is hard for me to trust any politician or the current government, but this what we have to work with. A change in government would not help Haiti; it would send the wrong signal. I support Pierre's idea to support job training and business creation.For the long term, there is one citizen-led movement called ANVA (Ayiti Nou Vle A - https://www.ayitinouvlea.org/apwopo), which I think will need everyone support because it offers some fresh ideas, and it it not led by politicians.
Jonathan Leaning, GRI
Jonathan, Grassroots International: Is there a danger that the crisis will cause funders to redirect their support away from Haitian social movements who are big drivers of long term solutions (the people rising up for their rights, growing civil society resilience) to only supporting crisis / short-term response (also very important, but needed in conjunction with long-term).
I would love to hear an overview of the various opposition parties/actors who organized the recent protest- what their views and constituencies are, etc
Hi Michael - In my opinion, there is no real political opposition in Haiti. What you have is a bunch of opportunists who actually live off the constant chaos in the country. While their wives and children are either in the US, Canada or France, they are calling for closing of schools, roadblocks, burning of businesses and riots. I would not be able to provide an overview of these so-called "opposition actors".
HDI- thanks for the response. Per the discussion of the patronage system, would you say that these opportunists are motivated by being excluded from the current patronage system? WIn what way to the profit from the chaos?
Please clarify "patronage system".
In terms of civil society, what's your opinion on what the haitian diaspora community in the US can do to help with the overall situation in Haiti?
Earlier in this discussion, the participants were explaining the corruption in the government as a 'patronage system' by which the Petrocaribe funds were grafted waay, etc
Great question, Ancito! The Haitian diaspora can actually accomplish a lot - all diasporas can. We Haitians need to do 2 things (in my opinion): (1) the diaspora need to be better organized, in a sense that it needs to speak in one voice; (2) the Ministry of Haitian Living in the Diaspora can do better in advocating for the diapora to be represented at the political level in Haiti.
I have a company where several million $ in assets were siezed by GOH 4 years ago. State Dept has not helped. Anyone know a way to lobby the State Dept to encouage them to do their job?
Thank you, HDI!
Anne Fuller--NDI is working in Haiti currently. IRI not for some time I believe.
I see your point, Michael. It is really difficult to make an accurate reading of the situation, because a lot of the same guys in the "opposition" benefited from the Petrocaribe wasted funds. My sense is these "opposition actors" have made a living being in the "opposition". It is not clear who is funding them, but they seem to have a check coming from somewhere.
Just hear that IRI is working in northern Hati, including at the University at Limonade.
HDI- thanks for the respone
There is a need to support a new breed of politicians in Haiti. It is too bad this website is only in Creole: ANVA (Ayiti Nou Vle A - https://www.ayitinouvlea.org/apwopo)
I will try to reach out to the people behind it to see if they would translate it in English and Frech.
HDI, #AyitiNouVleA program will be available in French, English and Spanish soon.
Joel R Kupferman
Thanks for the update, Carolyn!
Joel R Kupferman
Just to let everyone know, the Environmental Justice Initiative is most interest in improving and protecting the Haiti environment -- including mensuring that US aid is not detrimental Joel R Kupferman, Exec. Di r
4th Haiti Funders Conference: Haiti Now June 5-7, 2019 in Miamihttps://www.haitifundersconference.org/
Jonathan Leaning, GRI
Thanks Pierre and Brian