'We promise to bring the voice of Haitian Civil Society to the British Government and the European Parliament'
(Lord Leslie Griffiths of Burry Port, chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group for Haiti, visiting Christian Aid staff and partners in Haiti).
This year, Christian Aid and our sister agency in the United States, Church World Service, will make sure Haiti is not forgotten by the British and US governments, the EU and global institutions like the World Bank.
Alongside the vital practical work of our partners in meeting the physical needs of Haitians after the earthquake, our advocacy work is crucial in bringing about changes within the systems that keep Haitians poor.
In 2012 we will continue to meet with those people who hold power. We want to influence the decisions they make on the way in which they support Haiti as part of their foreign and international aid policies.
Influencing British Politicians
Christian Aid is a member of the Haiti Advocacy Platform Ireland and the UK (HAPI-UK) a group of seven UK and Irish-based charities. These organisations have been working together to keep Haiti in the hearts and minds of our politicians.
Last year, the platform successfully helped to re-form the All Party Parliamentary Group for Haiti (APPG-Haiti) after it had been automatically disbanded once the general elections were called in 2010. This is an informal cross-party interest group that provides a vital space for organisations like Christian Aid to keep our concerns about Haiti on the radar of British politicians.
The APPG-Haiti allows us to ask them to host public events on Haiti or to ask the government how it views its role in the reconstruction and ongoing development of Haiti.
Putting advocacy in practice
In December 2010 the APPG-Haiti’s first activity was as part of a UK parliamentary delegation to Haiti. Christian Aid and other members of the HAPI-UK organised a meeting between the politicians, local staff members from our organisations and our local partners.
The delegation listened to the daily challenges that partners face as they try to help the poorest and most vulnerable Haitians re-build their lives following the earthquake. Our hope is that the delegation will have been inspired by this meeting and share with the British government some of our concerns about Haiti’s progress two years after the earthquake.
Giving Haiti a voice
In 2012, we will work with our local partners in Haiti to help them identify key issues - such as land and housing rights; gender-based violence; preparing communities for disasters, agriculture and climate change; respect for the human rights of migrants and displaced people; and tax, corruption and budget monitoring.
Through training and support, our partners and the communities they serve will know who they should try to influence in their own country in order to make their voices heard and participate in the re-building and long-term development of Haiti.
Parliamentary delegation: Led by the Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group on the Dominican Republic, Lord Foulkes of Cumnock, and comprising Lord Leslie Griffiths of Burry Port, chair of the APPG-Haiti, Mark Menzies MP and Rosie Cooper MP.
Find out more at our public event
HAPI-UK Public Event: ‘Two Years on: How can the UK continue to support development in Haiti?’
11 January 2012, Committee Room 4A - Houses of Parliament.
Time: 5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
RSVP [Limited Spaces]: Gaby Drinkwater email@example.com