Haiti: Conditions and Reconstruction


Jerald Wetzel (Editor)

Series: Latin American Political, Economic, and Security Issues
BISAC: POL057000

Haiti shares the island of Hispaniola with the Dominican Republic. Since the fall of the Duvalier dictatorship in 1986, Haiti has struggled to overcome its centuries-long legacy of authoritarianism, extreme poverty, and underdevelopment. During that time, economic and social stability improved considerably, and many analysts believed Haiti was turning a corner toward sustainable development. Unfortunately, Haiti’s development was set back by a massive earthquake in January 2010 that devastated much of the capital of Port-au-Prince and other parts of the country.

Poverty remains massive and deep, and economic disparity is wide. Haiti remains the poorest country in the western hemisphere. This book discusses Haiti’s current conditions and congressional concerns under President Martelly; USAID infrastructure projects; testimonies from a hearing on the U.S. aid effectiveness; Haiti 2012 human rights report; and the Haiti 2012 international religious freedom report. (Imprint: Nova)

Table of Contents

Table of Contents


Haiti Under President Martelly: Current Conditions and Congressional Concerns
(Maureen Taft-Morales)

Haiti Reconstruction: USAID Infrastructure Projects Have Had Mixed Results and Face Sustainability Challenges
(United States Government Accountability Office)

Testimony of Thomas C. Adams, Haiti Special Coordinator, U.S. Department of State. Hearing on ”Haiti: Is U.S. Aid Effective?”

Testimony of Elizabeth Hogan, Acting Assistant Administrator, U.S. Agency for International Development. Hearing on ”Haiti: Is U.S. Aid Effective?”

Haiti 2012 Human Rights Report
(U.S. Department of State)

Haiti 2012 International Religious Freedom Report
(U.S. Department of State; Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor)


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