Flooding in the South - An Annual Event?

  • Posted on: 17 October 2007
  • By: Bryan Schaaf

The flooding in the south of Haiti is front page news on the well known disaster/conflict response site, Reliefweb.  The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) has released a situation report (sitrep) stating that thus far 37 have died, 4 are missing, and 78 wounded.  In all, 14,504 families were affected and over 3000 families displaced.

 

Minimum Wage and Foreign Investment

  • Posted on: 15 October 2007
  • By: Bryan Schaaf
minimum wageI saw this article floating around on Corbitt's list and thought that it would make for an interesting discussion.  I am no economist and appeal to those of you with a background in small business development to make your opinions know about the following issue:
Will raising Haiti's minimum wage help or hurt the economy?
Clearly, the vast majority of

Death of Francois Latour, Haitian Journalist

  • Posted on: 1 June 2007
  • By: Bryan Schaaf
latourFrancois Latour, a well-respected Haitian journalist, was kidnapped and killed on May 23rd.  Similar to Jean Dominique, he was loved by the people for speaking in Kreyol instead of French.  What set him apart from Dominique though was that Francois rarely discussed controverial political issues, whereas that was Jean's rai

Hope for a Healthier Haiti

  • Posted on: 21 May 2007
  • By: Bryan Schaaf

kidsHaiti is a tough place to be a kid. The infant mortality rate for 2005 (73.45 deaths/live births/per year) places it at 33rd highest out of 226 contenders. Though Haiti has made progress against HIV/AIDS, far too many young lives are lost to diarreah, respiratory infections, malaria and other conditions which can be prevented and treated.

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