Haiti Six Months On

from Brookings-Bern Project on Internal Displacement
Published on 12 Jul 2010
JULY 12, 2010 - It's now been six months since the devastating Haitian earthquake which left more than 200,000 people dead, more than a million homeless and a massive reconstruction task ahead. While others are assessing the relief effort and planning long-term recovery programs, in this short article we would like to comment on one particular aspect of response to the Haitian earthquake which has received little attention in the media and which bridges the immediate relief and long-term reconstruction efforts: the question of temporary shelter and permanent housing. A focus on housing also contributes to a better understanding of Haitian displacement, of economic pressures that might impinge on long-term recovery and the particular challenges of reconstruction in an urban context.