There's hope, despite the critics

From Global development | The Guardian Thu Jan 10 2013, 08:05:51

Articles complaining about Haiti's inept recovery since the earthquake hit three years ago don't tell the full story

Over the past two months, I have read a lot of articles about Haiti: critics complaining about the import and spread of cholera, escalating inflation coupled with declining living conditions, and the overall state of the country since the earthquake hit three years ago. There have been endless opinion pieces about the estimated $5bn (£3.1bn) Haiti has received over the past three years to build a better future, linked to the apparent lack of tangible results.

If you believe all these comments, the future of Haiti certainly looks depressing. I won't say the points made in these articles are all wrong, but - as a Haitian living here and talking to people who are desperately trying to change things - I refuse to be disheartened.

The aid Haiti has received has generally been used to support a society left devastated by the massive damage the earthquake caused, and to give a degree of strength and resilience to the country's already fragile economy. Without this kind of support the situation would be far worse than it is. The funds have contributed to keeping millions of people alive and offering them the chance of a future.

[view whole blog post ]
 See More    |     Report Abuse

People and Organizations:

You might also be interested in the following news stories:

Afrique:   Rapport sur l'état de la population mondiale - Investir sur les filles âgées de 10 ans pour atteindre les ODD (news)
21 October 2016

Inscrit sous le thème « Investir sur les filles de 10 ans », le rapport du Fonds des Nations unies sur la population (UNFP, en Anglais), dont le lancement s'est ... [read more]

Uganda:   Documents Used By Pension Scam Suspects Disowned (news)
The Monitor
21 October 2016

Judiciary Public Relations Officer Elias Omar Kisawuzi has denied certifying two documents which formed a basis for the alleged loss of Shs15.4 billion by government. Five people including city ... [read more]

Nigeria:   Soldiers Still Missing Days After Boko Haram Attack (news)
Premium Times
21 October 2016

At least 83 Nigerian soldiers, including a commanding officer, are still missing days after they came under a Boko Haram attack, PREMIUM TIMES can report. Top level military sources monitoring the ... [read more]

blogAfrica is's platform to help you keep an ear on the African blogosphere. We draw diverse voices from around the world who post regularly and insightfully about African issues. Bloggers, submit your blog's rss-feed!