Save the Date: Voices of Haiti’s Voiceless Symposium

The Focus On Haiti Initiative is proud to announce our spring symposium Voices of Haiti’s Voiceless: Post-Earthquake Aspirations & Achievements in Washington, D.C. on Friday, May 1, 2015. This event is cosponsored by the United States Department of State Office of the Haiti Special Coordinator. The symposium will discuss Haiti’s fundamental development challenges and progress toward meeting them in the…


Who ‘Owns’ Haiti? Now Streaming

On May 2, 2014, the Focus On Haiti Initiative of the Institute for International and Global Studies (IGIS), and the Latin American & Hemispheric Affairs Program (LAHSP), hosted Who ‘Owns’ Haiti? Sovereignty in a Fragile State: 2004 – 2014 at George Washington University’s Elliott School of International Affairs in Washington, D.C.  The symposium explored issues related to…


Who Owns Haiti? Announcement

The Focus On Haiti Initiative is proud to announce our spring symposium Who Owns Haiti? Sovereignty in a Fragile State. This symposium will address the issue of Haitian sovereignty through the lenses of: Governance, Economic and Human Development; Cultural Heritage; and Politics and the International Community  

President Martelly Speaks at Howard University

Martelly at Howard University: A Concerning View on Poverty and Education?

Martelly’s speech last Wednesday at Howard University drew attention to his administration’s focus on free and universal education.  But while promoting both his education agenda and a nascent collaboration with Howard University, the President of Haiti also portrayed a disturbing depiction of the Haitian people. Both Martelly and the Howard University administration discussed planned educational…

Haitian cane cutter working in Dominican Republic

‘The Price of Sugar’ Screening in Washington, D.C.

December 3, 2013 | 5:00PM-7:00PM | Elliott School of International Affairs Room 505 In light of the recent ruling by the Dominican Constitutional Court revoking citizenship for thousands of Haitian-descended Dominicans, this event brings to campus The Price of Sugar. This award-winning documentary focuses on the lives of marginalized Haitian sugar cane cutters, who are at the…