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|Haiti - From Disaster Aid to Solidarity|
Following Haiti’s devastating earthquake in January, a multitude of grassroots relief initiatives have emerged. These local responses reflect philosophies of solidarity, mutual aid and collective resilience, offering a different vision of what ‘humanitarian’ means, says a report by Other Worlds.
29th July 2010 - Published by Other Worlds
At the request of the Platform to Advocate Alternative Development in Haiti (PAPDA), Other Worlds has produced a new report, "From Disaster Aid to Solidarity: Best Practices in Meeting the Needs of Haiti’s Earthquake Survivors." Written by Other Worlds Coordinator Beverly Bell, "From Disaster Aid to Solidarity" documents the problems with the international aid and reconstruction efforts in Haiti, and presents innovative alternative models of humanitarian relief.
From the executive summary:
The international response to Haiti’s earthquake, involving billions
of dollars and led by the U.S. and U.N., comes with many problems.
Notable ones are control of aid dollars, imposition of economic
reconstruction plans, and militarism. Moreover, the Haitian state and
grassroots have largely been denied formal opportunities to shape, or
even engage in, the process. Nevertheless, ordinary Haitian citizens are
engaged in their own humanitarian aid. With no more than their own
hands, their slim resources, and their commitment to community, citizens
have comprised the bulk of search-and-rescue teams, first responders,
and ongoing aid providers. Behind the gestures are philosophies of
solidarity, mutual aid, collective resilience, and resourcefulness.
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