La Selle Officially Declared Haiti’s First Biosphere Reserve

Above: Cascade Pichon in La Selle (UNESCO Photo: Dieufort Deslorges) - February 26, 2013

During a ceremony that took place in Port au Prince on 20 February 2013, and was honoured by the presence of the Minister of Environment, Mr. Jean Francois Thomas, and the Minister of Education, Mr. Vanneur Pierre, La Selle was officially declared Haiti’s first biosphere reserve.

OCHA - Humanitarian Kiosk

The Humanitarian Kiosk (H.Kiosk) application provides a range of up-to-the-minute humanitarian related information from emergencies around the world.

OCHA now offers a Humanitarian Kiosk app for Apple devices (iOS5+). - March 21, 2013

What is Humanitarian Kiosk?

Haiti: A Hope, a Promise and an Opportunity - by Dan Glickman - March 15, 2013

PADF and USAID Launch Series of Haiti Investment Road Shows with Support from Haitian Diaspora

PADF and USAID Launch Series of Investing in Haiti Road Shows with Haitian Hometown Association Resource Group - March 15, 2013

WASHINGTON -- On March 16th, the Leveraging Effective Application of Direct Investment (LEAD) program for Haiti, funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and implemented by the Pan American Development Foundation (PADF), is launching the first in a series of Haiti Investment Road Shows entitled “Investing in Haitian Progress.”

A Worsening Haitian Tragedy - March 17, 2013

The aid group Doctors Without Borders said last Tuesday that the cholera crisis in Haiti was getting worse, for the most unnecessary and appalling of reasons: a lack of money and basic medical supplies.

. . . International efforts to defeat the epidemic include a 10-year, $2.2 billion plan for major investments in clean water, sanitation and medical infrastructure. But that is a project for the future, one that isn’t even funded yet. Doctors Without Borders says people are dying now, needlessly, because attention and money are running out.

Ex-Jamaican Leader Blasts UN For Denying Haiti Cholera Claims - March 14, 2013

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados — Former Jamaican Prime Minister P. J. Patterson blasted the decision by the United Nations to invoke “legal immunity” for rejecting compensation claims by some 5,000 Haitian victims of cholera.

“It is simply appalling, a most reprehensible behavior… for the U.N. to claim such immunity,” Patterson told the Jamaica Observer in a telephone interview.

The Benefits of Mobile Health, on Hold - March 13th, 2011 - Tina Rosenberg

The world now has 5 billion mobile phones – one for every person over 15. Africa has a billion people and 750 million phones, and mobile is growing so fast there that in a few years there will be more phones than people. In some countries this is already true — South Africa has 47 million people, but 52 million SIM cards.


Social Resilience and State Fragility in Haiti

Image: Report cover

Submitted by Florence Gibert - World Bank

The link below leads to a report on the social resilience and the fragility of the state within Haiti.


Miss World Mission to Haiti

submitted by Ted Kaplan - March 11, 2013

Tetra Tech Awarded $19.7 Million USAID Haiti Local Governance Program - February 28, 2013

Tetra Tech, Inc. (NASDAQ: TTEK) announced today that it has been awarded a $19.7 million five-year, single-award contract to provide technical support for local governance programs in Haiti for the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). Under this contract, USAID seeks to increase the capacity of Haitian local governments to deliver public services, including clean water, sanitation, and energy.

Importantly, the program will increase revenues accruing to local governments to ensure that their services are sustainable in the long term.

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