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With US$5.3 billion pledged over the next two years to Haiti far exceeding expectations and Canada Goose Online a further $9 billion for longer term needs, the means exist for what UN Secretary General Ban Ki moon hopes will be canada goose outlet black friday cheap canada goose uk a “sweeping exercise in nation building on a scale and scope not seen in generations”.

The “Action Plan for National Recovery and Development of Haiti”, presented at the International Donors’ Conference in New York on 31 March, to plot the rebuilding of the country after the 12 Canada Goose online January earthquake, has powerful backers.

In addition to Ban, they include US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, World Bank president Robert Zoellick, the International Monetary Fund’s managing director Dominique Strauss Kahn, Luis Alberto Moreno, president of the Inter American Development Bank, and UN Special Envoy to Haiti Bill Clinton. More than 100 countries participated in the conference.

Some canada goose uk outlet observers had worried, in canada goose outlet store uk the words of Haiti analyst canada goose outlet shop Mark Schuller, that the conference would turn out to be “the same ritual of rubber stamping a rushed, foreign led, top down process”.

Myra de Bruijn of ActionAid in Haiti said the creation of the Haitian government plan “was not transparent and did not involve consultation with ordinary people. ActionAid is concerned about the sustainability of such a long term strategy that is not carried out by and for the Haitian people.”

Yet throughout the day speakers emphasized the importance of working with the Haitian government and the Haitian people in achieving canada goose outlet canada goose uk shop new york city the plan’s goals. Haitians, according to Helen Clark, administrator of the UN Development Programme, “must be in canada goose outlet jackets the driver’s seat” of the recovery effort. Michele Montas, a former UN spokeswoman, presented the assembly with the results of 156 discussion groups held throughout Haiti to gauge the feelings of the people. “[They] demand a say in the development of their regions,” she said.

Catherine Ashton, the EU’s foreign affairs chief, announced to President Ren Preval that he would lead the undertaking. “Mr President,” she said, “it is your country.”

As presented, canada goose outlet uk sale the plan has two phases an 18 month period that focuses on emergency needs and a 10 year period of “genuine renewal”.

After the basic needs canada goose outlet store of the country are met, improvements buy canada goose jacket cheap in infrastructure, education, water and land management, economic development, and buy canada goose jacket medical care can canada goose outlet sale then be attempted. For example, the blueprint not only calls for the rehabilitation and extension of the Port au Prince airport but also the creation of two more international airports in Cap Hatien and Les Cayes. This is part of its emphasis on “decentralization”.

“There is a consensus on the relevance of spreading the population more official canada goose outlet evenly throughout the country,” the plan states. “Towns to become development centres must benefit from major urban renovation work to fulfil their new vocations and provide opportunities for economic development, job creation and quality of life for the population to keep them in the goose outlet canada region.”

A cheap canada goose newly formed Interim Haiti Recovery Commission, to be headed by former President Bill Clinton and cheap canada goose Haitian Prime Minister Jean Max Bellerive, will have broad powers to coordinate and implement the plan. In his comments, Clinton emphasized the importance of having a centralizing structure to organize the actions of the many aid organizations working in the country, although this feature has raised some opposition in the aid community. After Sam Worthington of InterAction, speaking on behalf of American NGOs, voiced support for the idea, Clinton noted that it was a “historic day because for decades NGOs have worked independently in Haiti”. Now they would be working together canada goose outlet parka on a cohesive strategy.

Conference participants emphasised the pressing needs of the Haitian people. The rainy season would be starting soon and a million or so Haitians living in tents cheap Canada Goose or shacks could be further threatened. Many also noted that the Haitian story had faded from the headlines and donations had thus begun to slow. “The sense of urgency must be maintained,” said Percival James Patterson, former prime minister of Jamaica, who was representing the Caribbean Community, known as CARICOM.

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