That fact should be top of mind as leaders gather in Montreal this week to plan country’s rebuilding
by Kenneth Kidd
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The danger, says Michele Wucker, executive director of the World Policy Institute in New York, is that talks could get mired in an ideological debate over the role of the private sector and the state in Haiti’s future.
“You need both,” says Wucker. “You need an engaged private sector, a strong state, and you need accountability for both.
“In the best-case scenario, the rebuilding process is done in such a way that Haitian civil society is engaged, that there’s a way for communities to communicate what their priorities are.”
And whatever the eventual details of that reconstruction, attaining one legacy may well be crucial.
“The focus (should be) on collaboration and building the capacity of the Haitian government, so that, at the end of the process, we have some institutions that can withstand changes of government at the top.”