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The future of Haiti: not simply a matter of money

22 January 2010
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Haiti’s recovery from the January 12 earthquake involves much more than money. If governance in Haiti lacks legitimacy, is not rights-based or at the service of its poorest citizens, it will remain steeped in poverty, and extreme violence may once again reign in Port-au-Prince.&nbsp;<br /><br />The international conference on Haiti to be convened in the next few weeks will be a new test for global governance, with the US, the EU, the UN and regional powers all having a role in crisis management. But according to Damien Helly, local governance and the untapped potential of Haiti’s diaspora are vital for its reconstruction and development.