Six months after the devastating earthquake, Haiti's reconstruction has been painfully and detrimentally slow. Over 1.6 million people "live" in horrific conditions in the camps, where food and employment are scarce and women and children face the threat of sexual violence. Despite the outpouring of support worldwide immediately after the earthquake, aid is slowly trickling in and not reaching the people in most need. Sadly, mechanisms that would ensure the inclusion of Haitian civil society groups in the reconstruction process have not yet been created. Their participation is vital in rebuilding a new and better Haiti.
The Haiti Advocacy Working Group (HAWG), of which WOLA is a leading member, produced the following documents in direct consultation with Haitian civil society groups. They provide concrete recommendations on the key issues confronting reconstruction efforts in Haiti ranging from sustainable rural development, decentralization, elections to support for internally displace people.