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CLALS | U.S. Responses to Relief & Reconstruction in Haiti

Following the January 2010 earthquake in Haiti, CLALS was called upon by the American Friends Service Committee (AFSC) to produce a background and position paper on reconstruction. Developed in consultation with AFSC staff and committee members and with input from external experts on Haiti, reconstruction, U.S. foreign policy, and migration, the paper informed the organization’s education and advocacy work in supporting Haiti’s reconstruction.

Focusing on areas of AFSC’s key programmatic priorities, the paper examined both immediate and long-term challenges related to reconstruction, raising critical questions about the ongoing response by the U.S. and other international donors. Drawing on diverse sources, including NGO reports, government documents, newspaper and journal articles, and conversations with individuals working in Haiti or on Haiti policy in the U.S., this paper synthesized current data related to Haiti’s reconstruction and highlighted issues that merit further analysis.

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