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Haiti Advocacy Working Group develops key background documents

August 2010


The Haiti Advocacy Working Group, of which Grassroots International is a vital member, formed shortly after the devastating January 12, 2010 earthquake to coordinate advocacy efforts for effective and just disaster relief, reconstruction and long-term U.S. development policy toward Haiti.   Composed of more than 30 diverse groups representing a wide cross-section of the NGO community, the HAWG has focused on the following priority areas: • Promoting Haitian civil society inclusion and leadership in relief and reconstruction • Prioritizing rural and agricultural development needs • Encouraging local procurement and decentralization of aid • Supporting fair immigration policy for Haitians • Raising awareness on gender and women’s issues • Ensuring support through U.S. and multilateral aid commitments and full debt relief • Promoting safe, sanitary and adequate shelter   Here is a link to the materials prepared by the HAWG for a Congressional hearing sponsored by the Congressional Black Caucus entitled “Focus on Haiti: The Road to Recovery – A Six Month Review.” Grassroots International partner, Camille Chalmers of the Haitian Platform for Alternative Development, testified at that hearing.

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