Governance and Human Security in Post-Earthquake Haiti

In the aftermath of the earthquake in Haiti, thousands of international agencies have poured assistance to the country. While this generosity is welcome, significant services — security, healthcare, education, welfare and social services — once seen as integral to the public sector, are now provided by a vast fragmented, privatized and globalized complex of UN agencies, NGOs, bilateral donors, commercial companies and foreign militaries.

On Wednesday, I gave a presentation at the London School of Economics Global Governance center exploring what all this means for for human security and progressive politics in post-earthquake Haiti. Since the earthquake, I have been working as Haiti Emergency Coordinator for Outreach International.

While this has little directly to do with mine action, the way in which aid is being organized by public-private complexes mirrors my findings in my landmine clearance research, recently released in my new book Foreign Aid and Landmine Clearance.

To have a look at my PowerPoint presentation, click here (Apologies for the poor quality graphics, I had to compress them to be able to keep the file size small enough to post online).

~ by Matthew Bolton on 26 March 2010.

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