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05 Sep 2012 description

Blanca Antonini , 5 September 2012
The earthquake of 2010 brutally exposed the vulnerabilities of Haiti’s people, as well as confronting an already weakly governed country with massive humanitarian and logistical dilemmas. While progress has been made towards reconstruction, the underlying fragility of the country remains. Even as certain donors reconsider their aid to the country, Haiti continues to suffer from economic dependence, environmental risk, an institutional vacuum, a heavily fragmented political landscape, and a continuing cycle of poverty and violence.

16 Jan 2012 description

Henriette Lunde

Executive summary

Half a year has passed since Michel Martelly was inaugurated as the new president of Haiti, and so far the earthquake-devastated country has seen little progress from his presidency. The reconstruction process is slow, and frustration and disgruntlement are growing among the population. Important time was wasted during the five months it took to appoint a new prime minister and put a new government in place. Martelly’s mandate was largely given to him by the country’s youth, who have high expectations of him.