Who Owns Haiti? Book Launch Event


Who Owns Haiti? People, Power, and Sovereignty in Haiti’s International Affairs

The Focus On Haiti Initiative will host a book launch event on Thursday, April 20, 2017, to celebrate the publication of Who Owns Haiti? People, Power, and Sovereignty. The event will feature a panel discussion with editors Robert Maguire and Scott Freeman, and contributing authors Amy Wilentz, Robert Fatton, and Chelsey Kivland.

The panel discussion will take place from 10:30AM to 12:00PM in the City View Room at the Elliott School of International Affairs in Washington, DC. A light breakfast and boxed lunch will be available to those who RSVP by April 18, 2017. Please click here to RSVP: http://go.gwu.edu/wohpps.  

This event is sponsored by the Focus On Haiti Initiative, the GW International Strategy Office, and the Elliott School Book Launch Series.


The Focus On Haiti Initiative hosted a screening of the new film FATHER JOSEPH, a documentary on the life and work of Father Joseph Philippe, Founder of Sèvis Finansye Fonkoze, the Peasant Association of Fondwa, and the University of Fondwa.

The event featured the film screening and a panel discussion moderated by Amanda Klasing—Women’s Rights Division Senior Researcher at Human Rights Watch—and the following speakers:

  • Father Joseph Philippe – Founder of Sèvis Finansye Fonkoze, the Peasant Association of Fondwa (APF), and the University of Fondwa (UNIF)
  • Robert Maguire – Professor of the Practice of International Affairs, Elliott School of International Affairs
  • Anne Hastings – Founder and former CEO of Sèvis Finansye Fonkoze / Board Member, UNIF-USA
  • Leigh Carter – Founder and Board Member Emeritus, Fonkoze USA / Board Member, APF-USA
  • Jeff Kaufman – Director / Producer of FATHER JOSEPH
  • Jenny Petrow – Inter-American Foundation representative for Colombia and Jamaica, and former IAF representative for Haiti

A preview of the film is available online.
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HRA Expo on GW’s Campus

2016HRAEXPOflyerThe Haiti Renewal Alliance, in partnership with the George Washington University Center for International Business Education Research (GWU-CIBER), hosted the 7th Annual HRA Business Investment Expo & Conference on GW’s campus June 14-15, 2016.

The Focus On Haiti Initiative previously partnered with the HRA in September of 2015, co-hosting the Haiti Presidential Townhall meeting, available online.

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Haiti: Towards a New Narrative


Raju Singh and Robert Maguire

The Focus On Haiti Initiative hosted Haiti: Towards a New Narrative with Raju Singh, the Lead Economist & Program Leader for Haiti at the World Bank on May 3, 2016. The event featured a presentation of the World Bank’s most recent systematic country diagnostic published, co-authored by Dr. Singh in September 2015. Continue reading

Discussion with Jovenel Moïse


Candidate Jovenel Moïse with Professor Robert Maguire

On Monday, April 18, 2016 the Focus On Haiti Initiative hosted a discussion with Haitian presidential candidate Jovenel Moïse. The event continued a broader discussion began on September 15, 2015, when the Focus On Haiti Initiative and other partner organizations hosted a townhall meeting of five Haitian presidential candidates at the George Washington University, which Mr. Moïse was not able to attend. Continue reading