Unstable Foundations: Impact of NGOs on Human Rights for Port-au-Prince and Internally Displaced People

Published October 4, 2010. This new report is authored by Mark Schuller and is based on six weeks of study. With a team of eight students and a colleague at the Faculté d'Ethnologie, Université d'État d'Haïti, it covers over 100 camps for internally displaced persons (IDPs).

Are Haiti's 1.5 million IDPs just falling through the cracks, or is the foundation itself unsound? Unfortunately the answer is that the foundation itself appears to be unsound.The results show that despite the billions in aid pledged to Haiti, most of the estimated 1.5 million IDPs are living in substandard conditions. For example, seven months following the earthquake, 40 percent of IDP camps did not have access to water, and 30 percent did not have toilets of any kind. An estimated 10 percent of families have a tent; the rest sleep under tarps or even bed sheets. The report can be downloaded from the list below or accessed on the IJDH website.