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—Natacha P., observatrice électorale de la Haiti Democracy Project

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Bienvenue sur le site. Nous sommes humbles que vous soyez ici. | Welcome to the website. We are humbled that you are here.

The major role of the Haiti Democracy Project has been to protect elections against assaults by anti-democratic elements which, unfortunately, remain alive and well on the Haitian scene. We have deployed eight missions of accredited electoral observers since 2006. Our goal is to preserve the will of the people as expressed in their action at the polls and so increase the resulting government’s legitimacy and authority. Having an effective government is the sine qua non for unleashing the economy and generating jobs for the mass of eager workers now condemned to lifetime unemployment.

Thus, elections are the centerpiece of our assault on Haiti’s mass poverty because only they give the population the means to put more competent people in the country’s woefully inadequate government. But we also try to push the economy on other fronts:

Finally, as an American organization, we have made our effort to move Washington along from merely seeking surface stability through various holding actions to actively promoting the reforms that would put Haiti on its upward path. This would require changing policy from supporting the status quo to putting it on the side of change agents. Of the three prongs of our strategy—elections, economy, and policy—this has probably been the least successful. Elections have improved incrementally and we have made our contribution to that. Our business delegates have invested, although not enough. But on policy, we have more lapses than successful initiatives and with a Trump administration the prospect of a purposeful management scheme recedes further.

That's us. As to you, our honored website visitor, what do the organization and website offer you? The organization could serve as a vehicle for rational action on behalf of Haiti. The website with 4,506 entries and counting is the largest extant collection of material on Haiti's struggle for effective governance. From the articles home page you can search or use the date and subject filters to find what we have. Bonne lecture.

James Morrell
Washington, D.C.
(202) 588–8700
haiti@haitipolicy.org