Building better buildings in Port-au-Prince

Steel rebar protruded up from the tops of walls and homes we passed during our drive through Port-au-Prince, repeatedly giving me the impression that the builder had stopped short, unable to decide if they should more. It was my first time visiting Haiti two weeks ago and within the first 30 minutes traversing the city, the prevalence of concrete construction, of varying quality, quickly became apparent to me. A few days later we visited the plant of KayTek, a company that is challenging concrete as the norm in building by introducing Light Gauge Steel (LGS) to the market. Adam King, Executive Director, stated that LGS buildings can be constructed significantly faster and with better quality—including earthquake and hurricane resistance—for a comparable price.

 

martes, 26 de febrero de 2013/Author: Ryan Tang/Number of views (7517)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: No rating
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Haiti: Where do we stand on the road from aid to investment?


Two weeks ago, I attended the Haiti Funders’ Meeting, which was held in Boston, sponsored by the Boston Foundation and the Kellogg Foundation. The purpose of the meeting was to learn from experiences and talk about effective practices in Haiti, as well as challenges and opportunities in supporting sustainable development, social investments and philanthropy. The conference was held over two days, and included plenary sessions on topics such as social impact investing and effective aid delivery, and smaller, more focused discussion groups on health care, nutrition, agriculture, enterprise development and finance.

miércoles, 13 de febrero de 2013/Author: Nara Meli/Number of views (5415)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: No rating
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Haitian Artisans and MIF Partners at the New York Gift Fair

From January 26 to January 30, New York City hosted the Winter 2013 NY International Gift Fair (NYIGF). This semiannual trade show brings more than 2,800 exhibitors from around the world, and 35,000 attendees from over 80 countries. The exhibitors showcase over 100,000 products in 400 categories in the home, lifestyle and handmade industries. This is the second NYIGF where Haitian artisans who are part of the Artisan Business Network (ABN) had a chance to exhibit their work. 

miércoles, 6 de febrero de 2013/Author: Nara Meli/Number of views (8001)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: No rating
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Investment for Haiti

Yesterday, I was lucky to attend a roundtable discussion at the Council of the Americas with Haitian Ambassador Paul Altidor. I thought he brought in an interesting example of putting words into action, so I wanted to share it with you. Now, at the time of the third anniversary of the earthquake, the media is flooded with so-called “reports” about the situation on the ground in Haiti. Mostas you know, are bleak. So, what is the problem here? According to Ambassador Altidor, one of Haiti’s principal challenges is exactly this: Perception. 

miércoles, 16 de enero de 2013/Author: Nara Meli/Number of views (6929)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: No rating
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4 ways to move forward with handicrafts in Haiti

Back in June, we gave you a taste of what MIF was cooking in the artisan sector in Haiti. Six months ago, we were in the very early stages of defining what it is we wanted to do in the project. Since then, we worked hard, in consultation with the Artisan Business Network, a team of high-level consultants, and feedback from the artisans themselves, to build an initiative that would have an impact on artisans’ incomes and improve their links to the value chain. So, what is the main problem Haitian artisans face?

jueves, 10 de enero de 2013/Author: Nara Meli/Number of views (17325)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: No rating
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