Haiti Presidential Candidates Town Hall Meeting

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The Focus On Haiti Initiative cosponsored the Haiti Presidential Candidates Town Hall Meeting hosted on the George Washington University campus on September 15, 2015.

The event was moderated by Dr. Robert Maguire of the Elliott School and the Focus On Haiti Initiative, as well as Mr. Roberson Alphonse, of Le Nouvelliste, and Ms. Nathalie Liautaud, of the Haiti Renewal Alliance. Continue reading

Voices of Haiti’s Voiceless: Now Streaming

The Focus On Haiti Initiative is proud to publish the video and report archive of our 2015 spring symposium Voices of Haiti’s Voiceless: Post-Earthquake Aspirations & Achievements. The event was cosponsored by the United States Department of State Office of the Haiti Special Coordinator. Videos and articles are available for each panel through the links below.

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A Voice for the Voiceless
Robert Maguire, Elliott School of International Affairs

Participation & Inclusion
Robert Maguire, Elliott School of International Affairs
Jean Robert Brutus, Ministry of Social Affairs, Government of Haiti
Claudette Werleigh, ITECA & former Prime Minister of Haiti
Bernard Ethéart, Author & FONHDILAC

Responding to Sovereign Grassroots Voices
Jenny Petrow, Inter-American Foundation
Haiti: Five Years After, Artists Institute, Jacmel, Haiti
Robert Maguire, Elliott School of International Affairs

Decentralization & De-concentration
Scott Freeman, George Washington University
Pierre Gary Mathieu, National Coordination for Food Security (CNSA)
Doudou Pierre Festile, Acul-du-Nord Peasant Movement
Patrick Delatour, Historic Architect & former Minister of Tourism

Dignity, Equality & Investing in People
Thomas C. Adams, U.S. Department of State
Freud Jean, Lambi Fund & Haitian Human Rights Platform
Conor Bohan, Haitian Education & Leadership Program (HELP)
Anne Martine Augustin, HELP Scholar

The Voices of Haiti’s Voiceless: What We Have Learned
John Groarke, USAID | Haiti
Raymond Joseph, Author & former Ambassador of Haiti to the United States
Robert Maguire, Elliott School of International Affairs

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Pepper Water and Protests in Haiti

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Pepper Water and Protests in Haiti

Scott Freeman

Tear gas is not uncommon in Port au Prince. Over the past decade, whether it has been protests over food shortages, controlling political demonstrations, or ‘peacekeeping’ actions by the infamous MINUSTAH UN forces, tear gas and other methods of crowd control have been a reality of the political and social landscape in downtown Port-au-Prince. A veteran reporter in Haiti told me that he had developed all sorts of strategies to deal with tear gas, ranging use of lime under his nose to more preventative measures like always having a paint masks handy. Continue reading

Save the Date: Voices of Haiti’s Voiceless Symposium

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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 post-quake period, focusing on the aspirations of the country’s under-represented population as presented at the March 31, 2010 post-earthquake UN-sponsored Donors’ Conference in New York.

Further announcements including a speakers list and agenda will be posted in the coming weeks. Please sign up for updates or RSVP at http://go.gwu.edu/VHV.