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.