Elections and Investment

  • Let the chips fall where they may. A government emerging from a free election is more likely to be effective and authoritative in Haiti, and that’s what the country needs. The Haiti Democracy Project provides the most nonpartisan and technically-advanced electoral observation of any organization in Haiti. We have observed nine elections since 2006, confirming seven and correcting two. Our findings proceed strictly from observation reports and have favored candidates from both sides of Haiti’s political divide. Haiti’s next election is set for October 2019.
  • Invest in Haiti. The majority of Haitians are tragically unemployed, idled by the anemic economy. Since 2003, the Haiti project has brought twenty-one Haitian business delegations to Washington to drum up U.S. investment.

Electoral Missions

  1. February 2006
  2. April 2006
  3. December 2006         {These three missions confirmed René Préval’s win}
  4. April 2009                   {Questioned anomalies}
  5. November 2010          {Corrected presidential and one legislative race}
  6.  March 2011                 {Confirmed result}
  7.  August 2015                {Confirmed result}
  8.  October 2015              {Confirmed result and opposed its overturning}
  9.  November 2016          {Confirmed result}

Business Delegations

Representing these sectors:

  • Agriculture
  • Tourism
  • Retail
  • Logistics
  • Manufacturing
  • Shipping
  • Insurance
  • Education

Planning Ahead

In 2009, the prospect of a fair election was receding. The Haiti Democracy Project gathered forty of Haiti’s best and brightest to develop a long-term plan. The conference had to be held in Santo Domingo because of President Préval’s persecution of its patron, former senator Rudolph Boulos. Nine years later, the young drafter of the plan is a top presidential adviser and some parts have been implemented, although much remains to be done.

Conference for a Strategy of National Salvation