March 11, 2004

Sustainable Economic Development in Haiti?

not much has happened since 1995, when this document was published...

"...As Haiti confronts extraordinary pressures from USAID, the World Bank, IDB and IMF to reform its economy through structural adjustments, RCH provides a timely example of the kind of project which U.S. corporations are encouraged -- and often funded -- to conduct under the banners of privatization, democracy enhancement and humanitarian assistance.
Such projects -- wrapped in development rhetoric about creating jobs, ensuring an affordable food supply and improving agricultural production -- raise key questions, not only for the Haitian poor but also for the U.S. citizen whose tax dollar often funds free market enterprises which richly benefit powerful U.S. corporations while further disempowering the peasant majority....

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