Ingvill Konradsen (Prosjekt Haiti), Leiv Marsteintredet (UiB) og Marianne Tøraasen (CMI).
In January 2010, a magnitude 7.0 earthquake struck
Haiti. The earthquake was the deadliest natural disaster ever recorded in the Western Hemisphere and caused enormous damage in the already deeply impoverished and politically fragile Caribbean nation. International organizations and volunteers flocked to
Haiti to help, spending enormous sums of money (5.2 billion USD) on the emergency relief effort.
Ten years later,
is not better off. Much of foreign aid efforts has been ineffective. For the past two years,
has gone through a socio-political crisis. An economic downturn, periods of food and gas shortages, and accusations of corruption against President Jovenel Moïse have led to violent protests that have paralyzed the country for months. Today,
is facing COVID-19 while criminal gangs control large parts of the country, and the president is ruling by decree. What happened in
? And what does the future look like?Ingvill Konradsen and Marianne Tøraasen in conversation with Leiv Marsteintredet.
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is the Co-Founder and General Manager of the
Haitian/Norwegian non-profit Prosjekt
Haiti, established in October 2000. She is also project leader at the Norwegian Centre for Rural Medicine (NCRM) at UiT – The Arctic University of Norway. Prosjekt
Haiti runs several educational programs for children and women in
Haiti including health education and a free health clinic for youth. At UiT, Ingvill is leading a collaboration to develop the program Rural Health for Peace in Colombia, financed by the Norwegian Ministry of Health and Care Service. Konradsen has a Master of Human Rights from the School of Advanced Study, University of London and additional training in project management, social entrepreneurship, health and human rights. Her professional background includes working as an advisor to the Mayor of the municipality of Saint Louis du Sud in
Haiti, Project Manager at the Centre for International Health (UiT- The Arctic University of Norway/University Hospital North Norway), and two periods working at the UN in Ecuador and
is professor of Comparative Politics at the University of Bergen. Marsteintredet works mainly with the Latin American region focusing on democracy, political institutions, political crises and conflict. Marsteintredet is also the editor of a special issue on «Justice, Nationality and Migration on Hispaniola» (Iberoamericana. Nordic Journal of Latin American and Caribbean Studies, 2016) and has worked on the topic of migration and human rights in the neighbouring countries of the Dominican Republic and Haiti.
is a PhD fellow in Comparative Politics at the University of Bergen and the Chr. Michelsen Institute, specializing in gender and politics. She is currently studying the Haitian judiciary from a gender perspective, with a particular focus on the role of women judges. Her PhD is part of the project “Women on the Bench: The role of women judges in fragile states” (University of Bergen/CMI/ODI). Since 2018, she has spent five months conducting field work in Haiti during periods of serious social unrest.
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