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Building Haiti Back Better

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The earthquake that devastated Haiti was both cosmic and deeply personal for Robert Maguire who lost many friends and colleagues. Yet, he now sees the massive challenge of rebuilding Haiti as a unique opportunity to address and reverse the terrible imbalances that underlie and perpetuate its deeply entrenched poverty.

How can reconstruction address the collapse of state institutions that had occurred long before the buildings collapsed? Can the flight back to rural villages of a quarter of a million Port au Prince residents be leveraged to build rural infrastructure and reverse urban migration? Might the energy of Haiti’s large, frequently disaffected youth, be harnessed to drive renewal?

The earthquake that devastated Haiti was both cosmic and deeply personal for Robert Maguire who lost many friends and colleagues. Yet, he now sees the massive challenge of rebuilding Haiti as a unique opportunity to address and reverse the terrible imbalances that underlie and perpetuate its deeply entrenched poverty.

How can reconstruction address the collapse of state institutions that had occurred long before the buildings collapsed? Can the flight back to rural villages of a quarter of a million Port au Prince residents be leveraged to build rural infrastructure and reverse urban migration? Might the energy of Haiti’s large, frequently disaffected youth, be harnessed to drive renewal?



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