The recent assassination of Haiti’s president sparked a political crisis in a country that has been a theater of chronic political instability for decades. At the same time, Haitians are in dire need of reliable public services and more effective local governance. A USAID project aimed at the heart of Haiti’s struggle with inequality and corruption. Did it work?
When the COVID-19 crisis began last year, many expats ran back to their home countries, leaving local aid providers taking all the risks at the front lines. Despite this, the voices of local actors are still not afforded enough respect.
As the largest bilateral aid donor in the world, the US could have a lasting legacy on the global fight against poverty. But we need to take the opportunity and responsibility seriously, and dedicate enough funds to make a difference–especially during the pandemic.