Over the last decade, children, women, and youth have become increasingly vulnerable to human rights abuses, including sexual and gender-based violence, trafficking, sexual exploitation, child labor, domestic violence, and recruitment into crime or violence With over 46 percent of the population under 18 years old, the protection of the rights of children, youth, and women is fundamental to the population's well-being as a whole and to its prospects for economic development.
Haiti currently lacks elected mayors and municipal and town councils. In addition, one-third of the country’s 30 Senate seats are now vacant, after the terms of the previous office holders expired in May 2012.
The success of the U.S. Government strategy in Haiti is predicated on a credible, legitimate counterpart in the Government of Haiti (GOH). Effective and representative institutions are essential to improve the quality of governance in Haiti, thereby bolstering stability and government legitimacy. USAID activities aim to strengthen GOH, political party, and civil society capacity to organize and monitor regular and inclusive elections that meet international standards for transparency and fairness.
For more than five years, Feed the Future West/WINNER (FTF West/WINNER) has worked to identify opportunities to improve irrigation water access sustainably, while reducing the risk of floods and increasing agricultural productivity. At the Rivière Grise in the Cul-de-Sac corridor, FtF West/WINNER has constructed a water diversion structure to provide permanent water to up to 8,500 hectares of agricultural land, while limiting water levels to prevent flooding.
Innovative design coupled with sustainable trade practices can be used as a source of competitive advantage for artisans from developing nations. This is particularly true in the current climate of globalization and the declining value of traditional artisanal products.
Last updated: August 26, 2015