Haiti Roundup


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Here's a rough look at some of the best of the blogoshere regarding the ongoing tragedy in Haiti:

Tyler Cowen ponders why Haiti is so poor. (NB: Followers of out Twitter account may have noticed a link to a post yesterday afternoon by Cowen, which discussed a possible Haitian renaissance).

Haiti is the latest cause for Andrew Sullivan. Much like during last summer's Iranian protests, Sullivan has excellent links to first hand accounts via Twitter, blogs, and YouTube.

Another good firsthand Twitter source.

The New York Times has an extensive list of organizations accepting donations. The American Red Cross has a feature where donors can Text "HAITI" to "90999" to make a quick $10 donation.

Aidwatch has another excellent list of ways to donate, and highlights the challenges of aid distribution during natural disasters.

Members of the US congress are pushing for emergency legislation to allow undocumented Haitians to remain in the United States.

Matthew Yglesias discusses the real progress that was being made over the past years. It was one of only two Caribbean nations to record positive economic growth in 2009.

The United States may use the Guantanamo Bay Naval Base (not the prison part) to house Haitian refugees. The base is located a mere 200 miles from Port-au-Prince.

The World Bank has committed an additional $100 million to Haiti, in the form of a grant. It's offices in the Port au Prince suburbs were destroyed by the quake.

The latest from the UN headquarters.

Join the Conversation

Zahid Torres-Rahman
January 18, 2010

We have launched a discussion on the role of business in securing a brighter future for Haiti. We’d like it to cover some of the broader issues around the role of business in disaster emergency relief, as well as any specifics relating to Haiti. It would be great if your readers could add their perspectives, including any links to other useful sources of further information - in addition to the excellent ones you have posted here.

The discussion will take place here: http://snipurl.com/u4829

Stephen Sena
January 18, 2010

Please be aware that the World Bank/GFDRR has published an extensive handbook on post-disaster reconstruction. It is a comprehensive and professionally reviewed resource that will be an excellent reference for reconstructing Haiti. The handbook has a companion website to view all chapters online or download. It is available at: www/housingreconstruction.org. Please post on your Haiti roundup and at other sites and listserves so the handbook will be utilized in the reconstruction process in Haiti.

January 18, 2010

Reconstruction of Haiti

Firstly, we wish to extend once again our sincere condolences to the people and the government of Haiti following the tragic death and massive destruction caused by the earthquake of 12 January 2010.

“The country of about 9 million people, most of them desperately poor, has struggled with political instability and has no real construction standards. In November 2008, following the collapse of a school in Petionville, the mayor of Port-au-Prince estimated about 60 percent of the buildings were shoddily built and unsafe in normal circumstances.”

We avail ourselves and our construction technology to assist Haiti and her people in the reconstruction process that will follow. moladi reinforced walls and stub wall configuration is designed to with stand earthquakes and minimize the damage created by the impact. With the moladi process of formwork construction we are able to utilize the rubble from the collapsed buildings to create new structures.