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Reconstruction and Democratic Development: the Case of Haiti

Reconstruction and Democratic Development: the Case of Haiti

Special Session "Reconstruction and Democratic Development: The Case of Haiti", 4-5 November, 2010 

Thirty former Heads of State and Government discussed, shared and exchanged ideas with Haitian State Minister Patrick Delatour, representing Primer Minister Bellerive, during the Club de Madrid's Special Session "Reconstruction and Democratic Development: The Case of Haiti" (November 5, 2010). Minister Delatour called for national ownership of the reconstruction efforts and for a more cooperative international community.

Please, find below the speeches and other material related to the Special Session. 

 It is evident, that to achieve a sustainable impact, we need to attain and establish a strong national ownership, at the center of the implementation strategy, regardless the source of funds or the executing partner.  I am simply asking that the State disposes of the means to know what is going on in its own territory and also has the means to measure the impact of the implemented programs, and finally that it is capable to ensure that whatever activity is being undertaken is within a larger scope approved by this same State, and that the country takes full ownership of what is being done at home on its behalf.  This is an element of a strategy to reduce the State’s reliance on external assistance.  This is evident, but you would be surprised how different this strategy is from the reality.

The tree of poverty, an intolerable poverty, finds much of its roots in an international interference (without mentioning the pure and simple extortion noted during the past centuries), that the Haitian state—weak since its establishment and without any means to strengthen itself—was unable to contain. Even if this is history, certain habits remain.  In order to be able to reorganize the county, it will be necessary to start on new basis: dialogue, mutual respect; demonstrate a high level of accountability towards the populations that we are to serve.
During the years prior to earthquake, we made honorable progress.  In spite changes in government, State revenues increased, there was greater transparency in terms of expenses, large infrastructure programs were being put in place and there was a definite increase in efforts to provide better basic services to the population.  In short, the State— for one of the first times in its history—was trying to respect the social pact which must unite it with its citizens, and to have the means to respect its commitment to the nation.

I expect that the international community will resume activities already underway in order to propose a strategy to strengthen institutional capacities based on the strengths and specifications of each of our major partners; a strategy clearly defining the partners’ responsibilities in order to avoid, as it has been experienced before, higher bids and a competition between actors in which the government is at a loss. In short, that the international community demonstrates better coordination of it efforts than in the past. The Haitian authorities wish to fully assume their leadership in this effort and partners having a coherent vision and common approach to Haiti’s challenges will facilitate their task.










"... a key task for the international community is coordinate to transform the collage of  internatinal actors into a community. 

Victory will be evident when Haitians successfully take charge of their future  ...". Jorge Domínguez 


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