HAITI: Will it Work for Women? New Gender Action Case Assesses World-Bank Financed Haitian National Housing Policy

Monday, September 24, 2012
Gender Action
PeaceWomen Consolidated Themes: 
Human Rights
Reconstruction and Peacebuilding

Gender Action's new case study, Haiti's National Housing Policy: Will it Work for Women? demonstrates that the Haitian government's World Bank-supported draft National Housing Policy risks burdening the poor, especially women, with expensive and unobtainable housing by relying on private solutions. The case study concludes with recommendations for strengthening the Policy to ensure that projects are affordable and accessible to all, especially the 1.5 million Haitians that remain displaced, almost three years after the January 2010 earthquake. This case study is also available in French: La Politique Nationale du Logement: Aidera-t-elle les Haitiennes?

The case study is the latest of Gender Action's advocacy efforts to promote an effective and just reconstruction in Haiti. It supports the Under Tents campaign of which Gender Action is a member, bringing 38 human rights groups and over 2,000 supporters together to demand an end to forced evictions and affordable sustainable housing for all.

Since the earthquake hit Port-au-Prince, Haiti, in January 2010, Gender Action has been actively monitoring IFI investments and reconstruction, working alongside Haitian and international civil society organizations to demand effective and just reconstruction and long-term development efforts in Haiti.