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On Common Ground: Dominican Republic + Haiti

By Nara Meli

The Art Museum of the Americas is hosting a three month-long exhibit of Haitian and Dominican artists. Works from Haiti include Killy, Manuel Mathieu, Pascale Monnin, Jean Emmanuel, and Marc Lee Steed.

I went to visit it not only because I love Haitian art, and us DC folks are seldom exposed to it, but also because the MIF is working to support to Haitian artisans, in collaboration with the Artisan Business Network

Tourism in Haiti (Part II): One of the Challenges of Integrated Approaches

By Nara Meli

Last week, I wrote about what tourism is and has been like in Haiti. Today, I want to tell you about what the MIF is doing on the topic. In 2011, the MIF approved a three-year project aimed at positioning the North Department as Haiti’s prime tourism destination. The idea was to use an integrated approach to promote tourism based on the historical and cultural attractions unique to Haiti, involving stakeholders from the public and private sectors. The project would particularly organize and facilitate the management of the tourism destination with the participation of rural and urban micro, small and medium-sized enterprises, local and national government and other actors along the value chain. 

Haiti Pap Peri!

By Nara Meli

It means Haiti will not perish. And it marked the end of a presentation of the “Triennial Agriculture Recovery Plan 2013-2016” by Haiti’s Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARNDR), Thomas Jacques and his cabinet. The presentation was held at USAID headquarters in Washington, DC.  on March 4, and was attended by NGOs, multi-laterals (World Bank and IADB), and other donors.

One overall objective governs this three-year strategy: sustainable job creation

Tourism in Haiti? Yes, tourism in Haiti! (Part I)

By Nara Meli

There has been a lot of buzz in the media lately about Haiti as a tourist destination – such as here and here. The push for this is coming mainly from the country, where the Martelly administration is embarking on a mission to raise the profile and branding of the country, and reinstate it as a unique destination in the region. More on this here. After all, Haiti used to be known as the “Pearl of the Caribbean.”

I was curious to learn more about the historical trends for tourism in Haiti, so I did a bit of research. 

LINGOs Trains MIF’s Haitian partners in capacity building: A Success Story

By Nara Meli

As readers of this blog, you may have heard that the MIF provided assistance to its partners immediately following the January 12, 2010 earthquake. A grant of $3 million was distributed among 16 different institutions, all good performers, and with whom MIF had previously worked. What you may not know, is that as part of this emergency assistance, a 17th grant was given to LINGOs, which is a consortium of over 75 international humanitarian relief, development, conservation and health organizations. The purpose of LINGOs is to enable people working in development access learning at little or no cost. This includes project management training.

Why did MIF choose to finance this last grant? You guessed it: Capacity building. With the daily challenges the institutions faced, plus the influx of new funds to recover their capacity lost in the earthquake, the training came at a crucial time to boost the effectiveness of project management for our partners. And so in August 2010, the MIF partnered with LINGOS to conduct a project management capacity building project, to increase the developmental impact of all resources.