These days, most of my writing is for my90 – check out results and reports here.
Senior honors thesis at Brown University from 2010. Later used as required reading at Roger Williams University and presented at the 2010 Haitian Studies Association Annual Conference in Providence, RI.
Haiti’s environment has been in crisis for decades. The Haitian government has incorporated sustainable use of natural resources, environmental conservation and natural disaster risk reduction into every aspect of the nation’s official development plans in recent years. Why then, has there been no large-scale environmental work done at an institutional level? The answer lies in Haiti’s complicated relationship with the international community, and its heavy reliance on foreign aid. Using mechanisms such as conditions and sectoral funding, donors are able to influence the Haitian government to promote their own development plans, and their own political agendas. By operating within a cycle of blame, disasters and foreign aid, the international community has contributed to the destruction of the Haitian environment. As a result, the impact of natural disasters is more severe in Haiti than in nearby countries. The January 12 earthquake has been declared the worst natural disaster in human history, with up to 300,000 deaths and damages totaling 120% of Haiti’s GDP. Only by understanding the dynamics of foreign aid can donors be most effective in helping Haiti rebuild and in reducing the impact of natural disasters in the future.
Overview of articles and blog posts shared elsewhere:
- ImpactAlpha has posted my series of articles on social enterprises and impact investing, including “Can Social Impact Bonds Solve America’s Prison Problem?” and “From CSR to SPBs – the ABCs of Social Enterprise.”
- 5 Ways to be a Fearless Leader, on Switch & Shift. This article won the My Story Millennial Campaign contest series.
- Are Non-Profits Doomed to Fail in Haiti?
Prompted by the media weighing in on Haiti’s third-year anniversary of the January 12, 2010 earthquake
- Football on Mountain Tops: Guest Blog at One World Futbol
Happy to have the chance to guest blog on the website of our partners at One World Futbol, makers of the virtually indestructible soccer ball!
- How to Have an Impact without Electricity
A guest post on the difference between ‘basic needs’ in the USA and Haiti and how it affects productivity and impact.
- Rumors and Survival in Port-au-Prince, Haiti
Field report from Haiti following the 2010 earthquake…full article at Daily Kos.
- Inside the Shantytowns at Haiti’s Ground Zero
Field report from “ground zero” of Haiti’s 2010 earthquake …full article at Daily Kos
- United States Institute of Peace 2006 national winning essay, “Defusing Nuclear Tensions Through Internationally Supported Bilateral Collaborations,” compares the decision of Argentina and Brazil to forego nuclear arms development with the nuclear arms race between India and Pakistan.