Let the voices of the Haitian people be heard

By Sir Ronald Sanders, originally posted by Caribbean News Now. “International interests in Haiti, in addition to checking off an ‘elections done’ box, are largely defined by controlling emigration, maintaining stability, and managing poverty. The latter is approached either through the creation of low wage factory jobs or by channelling toward Haiti vast sums of international… Continue reading Let the voices of the Haitian people be heard

HRA Expo on GW’s Campus

The 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.

Haiti: Towards a New Narrative

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.

Discussion with Jovenel Moïse

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… Continue reading Discussion with Jovenel Moïse

A Conversation with Emeline Michel

On Friday, February 19, 2016, the Focus On Haiti Initiative hosted a conversation with performer Emeline Michel and Dr. Robert Maguire. In part, the conversation reflected on Emeline’s experiences as a cultural ambassador for Haiti, in the context of Haiti’s reputation as ‘the poorest country in the Hemisphere.’

Liberated Haiti: Thirty Years After Duvalier

By Robert Maguire, originally posted by Latin America Goes Global. February 7, 2016 marks the 30th anniversary of the ouster of Jean-Claude “Baby Doc” Duvalier as President of Haiti, ending the 29 year Duvalier family dictatorship. When Baby Doc fled the country in 1986 for exile in France, massive street celebrations burst out, calling his departure… Continue reading Liberated Haiti: Thirty Years After Duvalier

Haiti: Forward Vision Event

The Focus On Haiti Initiative cosponsored an event with the Inter-American Dialogue on Monday, November 23, 2015 in Washington, DC. The inaugural Haiti Policy Forum event featured a discussion with US Department of State Haiti Special Coordinator Kenneth Merten.