On the eve of the International Donors’ Conference Toward a New Future in Haiti – co-hosted by the U.S. and the UN – in New York City, MFAN has released a paper outlining principles of foreign assistance reform that will lead to effective reconstruction and long-term development for Haiti. MFAN has advocated for these principles, including country ownership, coordination, and accountability for the past two years, and many have appeared in marquee initiatives laid out by the administration that relate to U.S. global development policy, such as the Global Hunger & Food Security Initiative. These principles, or best practices, are particularly relevant given the upcoming release of interim findings from the State Department’s Quadrennial Diplomacy and Development Review (QDDR) and the National Security Council’s Presidential Study Directive on Global Development Policy (PSD-7). MFAN argues the following goals should guide U.S. policy in support of Haiti reconstruction:
- Be designed, allocated, and spent transparently and accountably, both to U.S. taxpayers and Haitian citizens;
- Make long-term, strategic investments in the capacity of the Haitian national government, local government, and local civil society to meet the needs of Haitian citizens; and
- Give the Haitian government and all citizens the lead role in setting priorities and managing the effort to rebuild their country, and build an inclusive, pluralistic society and economy that respects Haitian human rights and can fulfill Haitian human needs.
To accomplish these goals, MFAN recommends a set of 10 principles that include: investment in capacity; consultation and collaboration between government and civil society and international donors and Haiti; integration of women in policy planning; and flexible and long-term funding.
Read more of the core principles and the full two-pager on how to rebuild a stronger Haiti here.