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Everyone knows that Haiti is the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere. Few people however know that the EU is the largest single development aid donor to the country. Yet for more than 15 years, the European Commission has failed to provide the European Parliament and the European taxpayer with even the most basic national development assessment for the hundreds of millions of Euros invested in Haiti. This case study aims to underline some of the principal concerns we have regarding EU aid spending in Haiti and will also offer some practical suggestions to MEPs for action on aid accountability and policy.
The Haiti Briefing, published in English and French, is the key publication of the Haiti Support Group. Published quarterly, since 1992, it provides our members, Haiti watchers and decision-makers with analysis of Haiti's development issues, reflected through the voices of popular organisations on the ground. Back issues are available in our archive. The latest issue (No. 75) analyses the situation at the Caracol Industrial Plant, a $424,000,000 assembly plant "development" project that has created fewer than 2000 less-than-minimum wage jobs. Production may benefit foreign investors and consumers but it certainly is of no benefit to Haitian workers.
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Since 1992 the primary objective of the Haiti Support Group has been to amplify the voices of civil society organisations (CSOs) demonstrating an alternative vision of development in Haiti. Such CSOs are often ignored in official decision-making processes leading to policies with dire consequences for the Haitian poor.
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Secondly, we carry the views of Haitian CSOs to decision-makers in local and foreign governments, NGOs, IGOs, the media and the public. We aim to ensure that the experience of Haiti's poor are heard in the corridors of power and among those who can influence them as activists, voters and reporters.
To that end the HSG has joined the Brussels-based advocacy platform Coordination Europe-Haiti as well as the Haiti Advocacy Working Group in Washington.
Thirdly, we build links between CSOs in Haiti and their equivalents in the developed world. To that end, we work with trade unions, church groups, women's organisations, and many others. In this way we help build a public lobby for a pro-poor development vision based on the experience of our Haitian CSO contacts.
We are also linking Haitian CSOs with each other, to encourage more effective advocacy on the ground, through our Haitian correspondent.