Special Coordinator Reflects on One Year Later

Haiti Special Coordinator for the US State Department Thomas C. Adams wrote a blog post for State’s DipNote blog about his experience over the past year serving Haiti in its rebuilding and reconstruction efforts. Understanding the daunting task ahead, Adams recognized the need to identify areas to focus US assistance that could be coordinated with other international and private donors; these areas include infrastructure, governance and rule of law, food security and agriculture, and health. See below for excerpts from his blog post:

“In every sector and in every aspect of life in Haiti, the earthquake left behind a daunting task. How would this nation get back on its feet, and what could the U.S. government and the international community do to help shape that recovery in a sustainable way?”

“We’ve spent time and resources, both human and financial, rebuilding homes and schools, training police forces, feeding the hungry, and teaching sanitation and hygiene. We’ve made some progress, but there’s much more left to do. We did this, and continue to do so, with the full involvement of the Government of Haiti, and in coordination with the international community through the Interim Haiti Recovery Commission, co-chaired by former President Bill Clinton and Haitian Prime Minister Jean-Max Bellerive.”

“As we approach the one-year mark after that terrible day last January, we take the opportunity to remember the lives lost and those that were irreversibly changed. We also take this time to reaffirm our commitment to the people of Haiti, and to reaffirm our sincere belief that in the coming year, Haiti will continue along the path of reconstruction and renewal.”

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