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Haitian leaders recently got the opportunity to speak on reconstruction at MIT. Speakers from Haiti, notoriously recognized as a “state” of NGOs, seemed to identify with the idea that reconstruction must be led by the country’s government and not by outsiders and NGOs.
‘We cannot in Haiti afford to go back to the status quo,’ said Verella [Haiti’s former minister of Public Works, Transport and Communications], joining Delatour [Chairman of the Presidential Commission for Reconstruction and the Minister of Tourism] in stressing that for Haiti to truly rebuild itself, the reconstruction cannot be led by outsiders or NGOs, but must be carried out by a stronger, better Haitian government that is guided foremost by the interests of its citizens.
In the meantime, Konbit, an interactive communication tool developed by MIT students, is currently testing in Haiti.