Tag: Haiti

In Haiti, Exploring What Drives People to Alter the Landscape

2001 mapon the left and 2010 map on the right show change in landcover classification on the border between Haiti and Dominican Republic

Study of the Pedernales Watershed, located along Haiti’s southern national boundary with the Dominican Republic, may provide insights into the stark contrast in land cover patterns between the two countries.

SurTab Tablets and Mobile Phone Technology’s Impact on Development in Haiti

by | 1.13.2014 at 7:32pm

The Haiti Research and Policy Program at the Center on Globalization and Sustainable Development concluded the Fall 2013 Dialogue Series with guest Maarten Boute, CEO of SurTab Haiti, the first Android tablet manufacturing company in Haiti. Boute is the former CEO of Digicel Haiti, a mobile phone network provider currently operating in 31 markets across the Caribbean, Central America, and Oceania regions.

Population and Environment Influence Infrastructure Investment in Haiti

by | 1.9.2014 at 5:15pm | 1 Comment
Picture of flood infrastructure. Haiti has high risk for flooding.

The fall 2013 Haiti Dialogue Series focused on the multi-dimensional aspects of implementing Haiti’s National Strategic Development Plan after the 2010 earthquake and featured Frantz Verella, the former minister of public works, transportation and communication of the government of Haiti.

Prime Minister of Haiti and Liberia’s Minister of Finance Co-Host Fragile States Dialogue Series

by | 10.4.2013 at 3:54pm
From left to right: Haiti Research and Policy Program Director Tatiana Wah, Liberian Minister of Finance Amara Konneh, Haitian Prime Minister Laurent Lamothe, and CGSD Director Glenn Denning

On Sept. 27, the Earth Institute’s Haiti Research and Policy Program at the Center on Globalization and Sustainable Development welcomed Laurent Lamothe, prime minister of the Republic of Haiti, Amara Konneh, minister of finance of the Republic of Liberia, and Saidu Nallo, representative of the Permanent Mission of the Republic of Sierra Leone, for a high-level discussion on the realities and needs of fragile states under the New Deal for aid effectiveness.

Mapping Flood Exposure in Southwest Haiti

screenshot showing settlements in Port-a-Piment, Haitia, watershed area

Mapping flood exposure in Haiti is part of ongoing research at CIESIN on environmental risks and integrated development there.

Identifying Capacity Building Needs for the Government of Haiti

by | 5.16.2013 at 2:05pm
The Earth Institute (EI) implemented the Land Degradation Surveillance Framework (LDSF) in the Port-à-Piment Watershed. The LDSF is a tested methodology to obtain accurate information on soil characteristics and properties. The EI trained faculty and students from the American University of the Caribbean (AUC) in order to conduct the fieldwork and data processing. Photo Credit: CIESIN

The Earth Institute’s Haiti Research and Policy Program at the Center on Globalization and Sustainable Development welcomed two distinguished speakers as part of the Spring 2013 Haiti Dialogue Series to discuss government capacity building and national monitoring systems for government funded programs.

Seeking Solutions for Haiti’s Primary Education Challenges

by | 5.9.2013 at 12:03pm
Digicel Foundation Haiti CEP Sophia Stransky (second from right) discusses primary education programs and monitoring impacts with Haiti Research and Policy Program Director Tatiana Wah, CGSD Education Program Director Radhika Iyengar, Haiti Research and Policy Program Associate Director Alex Fischer and CGSD Education Researcher Sarah Muffly. Photo Credit: Dhiya Kuriakose.

Haiti faces ongoing pressures of high population growth, high illiteracy rates and low primary education completion rates. On April 30, the Haiti Research and Policy Program’s Dialogue Series welcomed Sophia Stranksy, CEO of the Digicel Haiti Foundation, to discuss the foundation’s primary education and youth programs and Haiti’s challenges.

Talking Data-Driven Development with Haiti’s Prime Minister

by | 5.2.2013 at 11:27am | 1 Comment
H.E. Laurent Lamothe, Prime Minister of Hait Speaking at the Earth Institute's Haiti Dialogue Series. Photo Credit Eileen Barroso, Columbia University Photography

On April 22, 2013 the Earth Institute’s Haiti Research and Policy Program at the Center on Globalization and Sustainable Development welcomed Prime Minister Laurent Lamothe to the Spring 2013 Haiti Dialogue Series and the Columbia University World Leader’s Forum. The prime minister and Haitian diplomats met with Earth Institute senior researchers to discuss the strategies for the Haitian government’s national-scale monitoring, planning and implementation development programs.

Culture and national identity, a long-term investment in Haiti’s development

by | 3.20.2013 at 2:57pm
Haitian mosaic with imagery of the environment and forests.  Photo Credit: Alex Fischer, CIESIN

The Haiti Research and Policy Program at the Center on Globalization and Sustainable Development continued its Spring 2013 Dialogue Series with Kimberly Green, president of the Green Family Foundation. This discussion explored the importance of and areas where small foundations are supporting Haiti’s cultural vibrancy and innovation. In the post-earthquake period, most foundations and policy [...]

Overcoming Challenges to Local Development in Haiti

by | 2.26.2013 at 5:09pm | 1 Comment
The maintenance and management of local water systems is frequently the responsibility of the municipal councils and community water committees. The local municipal council report using their limited budget to support repairs and upgrades of these systems but never have sufficient funds. Photo:CIESIN

Haiti Dialogue Series: Should funds be more effectively channeled through the Haitian government, a decentralized finance program could help streamline financing and reinforce local government planning efforts. As part of the Haiti Research and Policy Program dialogue series, Tatiana Wah was joined by Leslie Pean to discuss possible approaches to achieving the call for decentralization in Haiti that has been a part of the country’s development plans for decades, with renewed efforts after the 2010 earthquake. Most current international aid and development funding circumvents the government ministries at the national level. The lack of dedicated local budgets, as well as a weak incentive structure to attract or retain skilled professionals who are capable of complex governance, is a considerable hurdle for any decentralization proposal in Haiti.