Latest Haiti Democracy News

Asking for Men’s Support

Des garçons pour des filles. Haiti’s women ask the men to join them in achieving women’s participation in government. In Haiti’s last parliament of 149 members, only three were women. Hear the Haiti Democracy Project affiliate in Haiti, the Regroupement National des Femmes Candidates, make the case. Listen to the organization’s catchy jingle. Video

Press Conference on Women’s Exclusion

The Haiti Democracy Project’s women-candidate affiliate holds a press conference on May 21, 2024 in Port-au-Prince decrying the lack of women on the new improvised governmental structures. The last elected president of Haiti, Jovenel Moïse, promised 40 percent on them. He was assassinated. The women candidates’ affiliate is the Regroupement National des Femmes Candidates (RENAFECA)

Promoting Haiti at State Department

On May 3, 2024, the head of the National Organization for Advancement of Haitians joined the Haiti Democracy Project in visiting the State Department advocating full-bore U.S. support for the U.N. multilateral mission to aid Haiti’s police against the gangs

Ancestral Homeland to the Rescue?

Dahomey on Africa’s west coast, now called Benin, is the cradle land of Haiti. The majority of its people came from thereabouts. Now the African country has suddenly volunteered two thousand soldiers for the U.N. mission and seems willing to move fast, unlike procedure-bound Kenya. The fact that they come from the land of the ancestors and that they can speak French will greatly resonate with the Haitians.

Le mal politique haïtien

By James Marc Donald Orphée. “L’absence de compromis sur le plan des élites” is the root of the evil. A review of Sauveur Pierre Etienne’s new book on Haitian history, “L’enigme haïtienne. Echec de l’État moderne.” An Rx of the ills besetting the Haitian state. The link in the first sentence of Orphée’s article will take you to Etienne’s own précis of the book

Get U.N. In There

The Kenyan force might have sufficed when it was first proposed, but the United States and the Security Council have waited too long and now only a full peacekeeping mission of the Security Council with wide participation including that of the United States can save the situation

Gang Violence Temporarily Blocks Seminar

Our seminar in Peguyville on early elections, scheduled for January 19, 2024, had to be postponed because of gangs taking over intersections and blocking access. Seminar was held on March 1, 2024

Seminar To Probe Early Elections

Guichard Doré, ancien conseiller présidentiel et rédacteur du Haiti Democracy Project, présentera lors de notre séminaire le vendredi 19 janvier 2024, qui se tiendra dans les bureaux du Centre pour la Promotion de la Démocratie et de l’Education Participative à Peguyville. Il exigera des élections rapides sur la base de son message du Nouvel An , faites défiler deux entrées pour cela. Message susceptible d’être bien accueilli par les candidates qui se préparent depuis 2018 mais n’ont eu aucune chance de se présenter. Parrainé localement par notre affilié le Regroupement National des Femmes Candidates (RENAFECA).

Haiti Project’s Commentary on Guichard Doré’s Call for Elections

Our take on the challenging analysis of a Haitian actor who, perhaps because of his education in France, takes democratic principles as his sole guide. Where he probes the psychology of the political intriguers, we list one by one their various assaults on the electoral process, to put cloth on the framework that Doré presents.

May the U.N. Mission Succeed

“Haiti’s Gangs: Can a Foreign Mission Break Their Stranglehold?” By the International Crisis Group. A wise, seasoned appraisal of the U.N.’s chances against the gangs by a research group with deep experience in Haiti. Advises front-loading the mission to gain immediate ascendancy, to avoid a war of a thousand cuts. Appropriately skeptical of the Haitian political class’s capacity to cooperate in bringing the country to elections. The Crisis Group has written the definitive road map as Haiti enters its year of opportunity. If this one is missed, Eternity may not grant another

Seminar Against Violence

On December 22, 2023, the Haiti Democracy Project’s Women Candidates campaign held a seminar for thirty-five participants on the themes, “Violence Against Women Candidates” and “Techniques of Negotiation.” The seminar was held at the offices of the Centre pour la Promotion de la Démocratie et de l’Education Participative in Peguyville. Slideshow

Violence Against Women Candidates

It is the biggest reason for the paucity of women candidates in Haiti. On October 23, 2023, the Haiti Democracy Project’s women candidates held a seminar “La prévention de la violence électorale à l’égard des femmes” at the Office of Citizens’ Protection (OPC) in Port-au-Prince. Slideshow