Haiti: NGO’s Republic

  • Alexandra Jayeun LeeEmail author
Part of the Advanced Sciences and Technologies for Security Applications book series (ASTSA)


Images of the collapsed presidential palace circulating amongst the world media suggested the chaos within the Government of Haiti, but the dysfunctional characteristic of the Haitian government preexisted the earthquake since its establishment as the republic in 1805. The administrative remnants of the 2010 earthquake is but a byproduct of many years of economic and political turbulence which precipitated in erosion of trust in government by Haitians themselves, disengaging them further. The phenomenon of “10,000 NGOs” had outgrown the influence of the Government of Haiti long before the disaster. The complexity of Haiti’s social, cultural, environmental, and political dimensions reveal that the physical realities of disaster and the construction of “the Republic of NGOs” are closely interconnected, yet contradicts the aspirations of “Build Back Better Communities” international design campaign. Nevertheless, the earthquake served as a turning point for humanitarian aid agencies in that the international media limelight and subsequent influx of talented disaster professionals have galvanized both the international aid sector as well as those in the community sector whom elect to engage with these international agencies.


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  1. 1.RichmondUSA

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