Two years on and Haiti still floundering
CLARENS RENOIS PORT-AU-PRINCE, HAITI
Martelly has recently tried to nurture smaller, community-based projects such as a flagship housing programme aimed at taking residents out of six camps and relocating them to 16 neighbourhoods.
Alongside it, he has created the Carmen project, whereby approved home owners receive funds to repair their houses under the supervision of certified engineers.
Josef Leitmann, program manager of the World Bank-run Haiti Reconstruction Fund, sees glimmers of progress at last.
“You have a vision of where the government wants to go and that’s just critical,” he said. “Second you’ve got leadership to take that vision and communicate it to people and inspire people and third you have political will to implement the vision.”