Professor Alex Dupuy, who is Haitian. writes that “There is no doubt that the dominant economic and political classes of Haiti bear great responsibility for the abysmal conditions in the country that exacerbated the impact of the earthquake (or of hurricanes or tropical storms). However, these local actors did not create these conditions alone but did so in close partnership with foreign governments and economic actors with long-standing interests in Haiti, principally those of the advanced countries-the United States, Canada, and France-and their international financial institutions (IFIs)-the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund, the Inter-American Development Bank”.He outlines a five-point Agenda for Change,   beginning with rejection of structural adjustment polices, a large-scale public works programme and prioritisation of food security and food sovereignty.

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