ICS Lecture: “Haiti’s Laborious Reconstruction—From Strategic Deficiencies to Popular Discontent”

As part of Conferencias Caribeñas 11 Series, the Institute of Caribbean Studies at the University of Puerto Rico-Rio Piedras invites the academic community and the public at large to the lecture “Haiti’s Laborious Reconstruction: From Strategic Deficiencies to Popular Discontent” by Dr. Claude Beauboeuf (economist and consultant). Dr. Paul Latortue (Dean, School of Business Administration, UPR-RP) will serve as commentator.

The lecture will take place on Tuesday, November 27, 2012, at 1:00-3:30pm at the Manuel Maldonado Denis Amphitheatre in the Carmen Rivera de Alvarado Building (CRA 108), School of Social Sciences, UPR-RP.

Description: This lecture shows that Haiti has lost another golden opportunity to forge its political and socioeconomic renaissance through its post-earthquake reconstruction process almost three years after the January 12, 2010 disaster. To date, this rebuilding process has been characterized by a series of strategic mistakes and political behavior which caused dramatic discrepancy between strategic intents and realities on the ground, and the subsequent generation of poverty, bureaucratic enrichment, and gradual popular discontent instead of development and employment despite some bright spots.

The presentation analyses these strategic mistakes and popular discontent, a recurrent pattern of Haiti’s democratic transition since the downfall of Jean-Claude Duvalier in 1986. The discussion concludes with some constructive recommendations to prevent the repetition of such unproductive patterns for Haiti and the region.

[Many thanks to Jerusa Ali for bringing this item to our attention.]

This lecture will be broadcast LIVE online through the following website: http://www.ustream.tv/channel/cc71***

Comments and suggestions on the presentation will be welcome at iec-ics@upr.edu

For further information, you may call Dr. Humberto García Muñiz, Director, at (787) 764-0000, extension 4212, or write to iec@uprrp.edu

Also see the Institute of Caribbean Studies on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/home.php?#%21/pages/Instituto-de-Estudios-del-Caribe-UPR/146169468754542?ref=sgm

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