In the first post following Lavarice Gaudin’s visit to Minnesota, we argued that development is political. Any NGO that ignores the political factors perpetuating Haiti’s poverty can’t contribute to meaningful, structural changes.
This time, we outline the steps you can take to get involved in a better way. These steps apply whether you’re an NGO looking to do work in Haiti, or a donor looking to give money. The Haiti Justice Alliance was established with the belief that these steps are critical to successfully working for real change in Haiti:
- Research the history of the problem you want to work on as well as the method you want to use to get involved;
- Empower people in Haiti through partnership rather than unilateral action;
- Complement existing efforts rather than duplicating them.
Why Don’t More People Do This Already?
There are, of course, many who work in Haiti effectively, but several obstacles make this regrettably uncommon.
For starters, US government involvement reads like a laundry list of pitfalls to avoid in Haiti. People who take their cues from US aid programs are almost certain to get it wrong.