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Paul Farmer’s 5 Lessons From Haiti

With $10.2 billion in foreign aid, hundreds of individual projects, and millions of lives touched by the relief efforts in Haiti — what lessons have we learned this year that can help aid organizations and governments in the future?

Paul Farmer, writing for Foreign Policy, highlights five critical points that have brought insight during this time of reconstruction and recovery in Haiti.

One highlight, on the topic of "Building Back Better" is especially true of how the Clinton Bush Haiti Fund's efforts have been shaped toward maximizing long-term growth in Haiti.

"Disaster relief is not reconstruction. We haven't rebuilt Haiti despite giving 1.1 million people access to drinking water; we didn't remake the country with the 11,000 latrines that have been installed. "Building Haiti back better" means sustaining those temporary gains and adding education, health care, services, and good governance.

What's most important in getting started? Economic growth. Yet it is a challenge hardly mentioned in aid documents or strategies — coming up only twice in the United Nations' most recent 44-page report. Poverty of the kind that was so acutely revealed this January can't be defeated until there is a brighter economic future for the millions of Haitians who are ready to seize it."

Read Paul Farmer's full article at Foreign Policy: 5 Lessons From Haiti's Disaster

Learn more about the Clinton Bush Haiti Fund projects promoting job growth & economic opportunity