Haiti

USIP works to promote reconciliation and reconstruction in Haiti, the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere, through on-the-ground conflict resolution training in at-risk communities, nationwide legal reform, and regular public forums in Washington, DC for policymakers.

The Future of USG Advising Missions

Thu, 01/15/2015 - 09:00
Thu, 01/15/2015 - 11:30

From Afghanistan to Iraq, Ukraine to Honduras, advising is a key U.S. strategy to address weak government capacity in sectors including finance, policing, education, agriculture, transportation, justice, and many others. Yet advising missions too often are hindered by challenges common across all U.S. government agencies. Please join us for a policy-level discussion about mission mandates for long-term, locally-owned solutions, the first in a series of conversations on advising as a means to provide foreign assistance and capacity building to partner countries.

9:00 | Welcome
Ambassador William B. Taylor
Acting President, United States Institute of Peace

9:10 | Keynote Address
What is the strategic value of advising programs and what is the role of policy in ensuring their effectiveness?  
James Schear
Public Policy Scholar, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars; former Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Partnership Strategy and Stability Operations 

9:25 | Panel Discussion (I): How can USG advising missions best contribute to host nation capacity?
Discussant: Nadia Gerspacher, Director, Security Sector Education, United States Institute of Peace
Respondents: representatives of:

  • Office of Technical Assistance, US Department of the Treasury
  • International Criminal Investigative Training Assistance Program (ICITAP), US Department of Justice
  • Bureau of Counterterrorism, US Department of State
  • Center for Excellence on Democracy, Human Rights and Governance (DRG Center), US Agency for International Development (USAID)
  • Ministry of Defense Advisors (MoDA) Program, OSD Policy

10:15 | BREAK

10:30 | Panel Discussion (II): What changes are needed to maximize the sustainability of USG advising missions?
Discussant: Nadia Gerspacher, Director, Security Sector Education, United States Institute of Peace
Respondents: representatives of:

  • International Criminal Investigative Training Assistance Program (ICITAP), US Department of Justice
  • Center for Excellence on Democracy, Human Rights and Governance (DRG Center), US Agency for International Development (USAID)
  • Ministry of Defense Advisors (MoDA) Program, Defense Security Cooperation Agency

11:15 | Summary, conclusions, and next steps

Advising is increasingly understood to be the prevalent instrument for building long-term peace and stability. As U.S. government agencies deploy advisors to help build institutions and solve problems, mission plans become the foundation for effective capacity building.

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Dialogue: Calming Hot Spots Calls for Structure and Skill

Such misunderstandings of what really goes into serious dialogue have led to the proliferation of poorly designed programs. In reality, effective dialogue -- the kind that produces positive change -- requires a great deal of planning and skill. The more complex and polarized the environment in which dialogue takes place, the more thought and skill are required.

'Positive Deviants’ Point the Way in Peacebuilding Master’s Program

USIP’s Project Coordinator Amanda Munroe worked with participants in the Future Generations Graduate School during the third of the partnership’s international academic residential sessions from March 31 to April 7, this time in Jacmel, Haiti.

“Positive deviants.” The term seems bizarre at first glance, but the idea – that positive examples can inspire a broader society – became the focal point of the third face-to-face meeting in a Master of Arts program in Applied Community Change and Peacebuilding, a partnership of the U.S. Institute of Peace’s Academy for International Conflict Management and Peacebuilding with the West Virginia-based global non-profit Future Generations.

Amanda Munroe
Tue, 05/07/2013 - 18:01
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Haiti’s Election Conundrum: Fraught But Necessary?

USIP panelists say that, while elections may need to be held, as in the case of long-delayed senate and local elections, more effective pressure and support should be exerted to produce lasting, legitimate results.

 

Viola Gienger

Haiti’s election conundrum, with the frequency of balloting surpassed only by the intensity of infighting over the process, may boil down to this: a necessary evil.

Wed, 03/27/2013 - 16:52
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Can Elections Save Haiti?

Mon, 03/25/2013 - 09:30
Mon, 03/25/2013 - 11:30
Public Event

Haiti’s president and parliament appear deadlocked in another effort to form a Permanent Electoral Council in the manner prescribed in the country’s complex 1987 constitution. On March 25, USIP convened a panel of distinguished experts to discuss the challenges of governing Haiti and holding elections in a timely manner.

Read the event coverage, Haiti’s Election Conundrum: Fraught But Necessary?

Haiti’s president and parliament appear deadlocked in another effort to form a Permanent Electoral Council in the manner prescribed in the country’s complex 1987 constitution. Failure to resolve the problem will result in further delays in holding elections, but is the annual round of elections the answer to Haiti’s problems? Is there another approach to achieving the effective governance that Haiti requires to rebuild shattered infrastructure, resettle tent camp dwellers, and resume progress toward a brighter future?

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Haiti: Three Years On

Three years after the devastating earthquake of January 12, 2010, Haiti is experiencing rebirth, but also the effects of repeated natural disasters. Haiti’s government has received regional diplomatic recognition and has launched a campaign to promote tourism and investment. Haiti is enjoying a rare period of political stability since Prime Minister Laurent Lamothe was installed in March 2012. Rubble is largely gone from the streets of Port-au-Prince. Construction has begun on new justice, interior and foreign ministries and parliament.

Haiti: Turning the Page?

Confirmation of a new prime minister by Haiti’s parliament provides an opportunity to rectify previous missteps and begin moving Haiti toward a peaceful and prosperous future.

Summary

  • Progress toward a better Haiti during President Michel Martelly’s first year was undermined by a multitude of political crises.
  • Confirmation of a new prime minister by Haiti’s parliament provides an opportunity to rectify previous missteps and begin moving Haiti toward a peaceful and prosperous future.
  • An important indicator of the new prime minister’s agenda for improving conditions among Haiti’s impoverished majority will be the success of new social programs.
Robert Maguire
Tue, 07/17/2012 - 15:56
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Articles & Analysis

Dialogue has been around as long as humans faced with a crisis have gathered in circles to talk. It is one of the oldest forms of conflict resolution and is still, when well-conceived and executed...

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Maria Jessop and Alison Milofsky

USIP’s Project Coordinator Amanda Munroe worked with participants in the Future Generations Graduate School during the third of the partnership’s international academic residential sessions from...

By:
Amanda Munroe

Despite common perceptions of Haiti as a place of chaos, violence, and crime, a movement called konbit is looking to spur community-driven change.

By:
Amanda Munroe

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Confirmation of a new prime minister by Haiti’s parliament provides an opportunity to rectify previous missteps and begin moving Haiti toward a peaceful and prosperous future.
This report is based on the panel presentation and the views expressed at a public forum hosted by USIP’s Haiti Program on February 15, 2012 discussing justice in Haiti and the path forward for...