Haitian diaspora engaging with long-term reconstruction emphasize the need for leadership

By Allyn Gaestel

5 February 2010 [MediaGlobal]: Following the 12 January 2010 earthquake in Haiti, organizations and institutions have focused on immediate relief for the victims and survivors of this disaster. As time passes, however, organizations are thinking ahead to the long-term rebuilding and reconstruction of the country.

One phrase repeatedly used by commentators on Haiti, including John Holmes, United Nations Undersecretary General on Humanitarian Affairs, and Paul Farmer, UN Deputy Special Envoy to Haiti is “build back better.” Those who have been involved with Haiti over the years are aware of the economic and social difficulties the country has faced, and they now hope to leverage the international attention currently focused on Haiti to make significant improvements across numerous sectors for the development of the country…Read full article