Recent immigration actions by the Dominican Republic are not likely to result in mass deportations of Haitians, as some fear, but could exacerbate already difficult conditions in Haiti, says expert Michele Wucker.
One year after Haiti’s earthquake, a contested presidential election, the return of Baby Doc Duvalier, and problems with redevelopment hobble the country’s efforts to rebuild, says Haitian philanthropist Jacques-Philippe Piverger.
The cholera epidemic that has added to the list of Haiti’s post-earthquake miseries is a reminder that what Haiti needs more than anything else is good governance that would lead to better infrastructure and safe water.
Haiti’s cholera outbreak is exacerbated by unclean water and a subpar sanitation system, andlagging infrastructure repairs highlight the inadequate global response to the country’s earthquake in January, says CFR’s Laurie Garrett.
The $9.9 billion pledged toward Haitian reconstruction at last week’s donors’ conference will be ineffective without insisting that funding for housing and jobs be wedded to overall goals for Haitian political and economic stability, says CFR expert Kara McDonald.
Haiti’s earthquake created a need for a tremendous short-term relief effort but also long-term reconstruction that could take decades and cost billions, says former Peace Corps director Mark L. Schneider.