2010 Conference: Haiti: After the Cameras Have Gone
The Center for Rebuilding Sustainable Communities after Disasters (CRSCAD), in concert with a number of non-governmental organizations, hosted a one-day Workshop to examine ways in which we can rebuild the communities in Haiti sustainably, following the recent devastating earthquake that hit that country. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton notes that about three million people – a third of the country's population – have been affected by the calamity and President Obama has promised $100 million for the relief effort in that country.
Before the earthquake, Haiti was a “country with tremendous development needs and numerous impediments to development,” according to Congresswoman Maxine Waters. These impediments include an overwhelming burden of international debt; lack of personal and community assets; and very little or no internal and external capacities. In 2007, according to the Institute for Justice & Democracy in Haiti, the country owed “over one billion dollars to multilateral financial institutions, including $21 million to the IMF, $507 million to the World Bank, and $534 million to the Inter-American Development Bank. Much of Haiti’s debt burden was accumulated during the oppressive rule of the Duvalier regimes, neither of which used the money to benefit the Haitian people.” In fact, the IMF estimated that Haiti would “spend $56 million on debt service payments to multilateral creditors during the 2006-07 fiscal year.”
Conference Makes News
Workshop on Rebuilding Haiti Points to Sustainable New Directions May 17, 2010, Muna Killingback