This report was commissioned by International Trade Centre's (ITC) Ethical Fashion Initiative, a program designed to assist artisans. It examines the concept of a "fair wage" in the context of the cost of living and the prevailing wage scale within in Haiti. It concludes with a recommended wage scale for the artisan sector.
THE TIMOTHY T SCHWARTZ ARCHIVE
THE TIMOTHY SCHWARTZ ARCHIVE
Timothy Schwartz has conducted research and worked on the island of Hispaniola for 27 years. He wrote his Master’s thesis on the impact of emigration on sending communities in Haiti. His PhD dissertation encompassed subsistence strategies, child labor, and marriage patterns in rural Haiti. He lived and worked in Haiti for more than 14 years, including 15 months in a fishing community in a thatch roof hut with a Haitian family and five years in a small farming community.
His popular book, Travesty in Haiti, explores the humanitarian sector from an experiential, largely first person perspective. More recently the Great Haiti Humanitarian Aid Swindle uses his experiences during the 2010 Haiti earthquake relief effort as a launching point to investigate major humanitarian issues that aid agencies have dramatically exaggerated in pursuit of donations and that journalists and activist-scholars have echoed in pursuit of readership and academic tenure.
To assist and encourage people to return to their homes after the January 12th 2010 earthquake, USAID funded Rubble Removal Programs including demolition of condemned buildings and the removal of rubble from streets and drainage canals. Between February 2010 and February of this year USAID also supported the Ministry of Public Works Transport and Communications (MTPTC) habitability assessments program in which buildings were structurally evaluated and color-coded green
On January 12, 2010, Haiti was struck by a magnitude 7.3 earthquake. An estimated 3 million people were impacted, and original estimates were that 50 to 80% percent of all residential and commercial buildings in the capital and surrounding areas were destroyed or severely damaged, 217,000 to 300,000 people killed, 300,000 injured, and 1.5 million people homeless.
The earthquake of January 12th 2010 destroyed Haiti’s only mill, Le Moulin d’Haiti (LMH). The mill owners estimate that it will take at least one year to reestablish the mill capacity At the time of the earthquake LMH produced 80% of all wheat flour consumed in Haiti: 15,000 metric tons (MT) or 300,000 fifty-kilo sacks per month.
The objective of the Department du Southeast study (per Scope of Work 1-2) was, AMAP learning about value chains in conflict- and disaster-affected environments with the goal of helping design early responses for ensuring survival (market systems could supply food and essential items or services related to priority survival needs)...
In 2008, with the approval of USAID Food For Peace officers, ACDI/VOCA initiated preparations for the monetization of a small lot of soy oil. The objective was to launch a pilot project ̳to explore a broadening of the income stream to Title II programs in Haiti‘ (Murphy 2009). Because of the subsequent 35% spike in world petroleum costs and the consequent price volatility in agricultural commodities (see Chart 1.1), ACDI/VOCA staff decided to postpone the project from FY‘09 to FY‘10.
This dissertation explores the logic underlying what can be called a ‘pronatal socio-cultural fertility complex’ in rural Haiti. At 5.9 births per mother the rural Haitian Total Fertility Rate (TFR) is the highest in the Western hemisphere and has not changed significantly in 30 years (see Table 1-1 below). Despite a foreign-sponsored national family planning program begun in 1971, only 9.5% of rural reproductive-age Haitian women currently use contraceptives (ibid).
The following report is a rapid rural appraisal that compares and contrasts the agrarian economy, social organization, and developmental world view found in six rural areas of the Dominican-Haitian border, three on the Haitian side and three on the Dominican side. The report assesses the relevance of these patterns for projected bilateral watershed activities.