Nov 52012

NGOs in Haiti Fail to Create Strong Recovery

As a Knight International Journalism Fellow Kathie Klarreich built the capacity of Haitian journalists to investigate how aid that poured into the country after the 2010 earthquake is being used. In a recent piece in The Nation Klarreich explains how NGOs used these funds, circumventing the government and ignoring the real needs of the people.

Aug 22012

In Canaan, Haiti Unsupervised Building Creates Danger

Despite the lack of deeds, permits or any permission from the state, the area of Canaan is continuing to be developed by refugee's from Haiti's 2010 earthquake. An investigative report by Kendi Zidor describes the lack of infrastructure - no medical services, sanitation or electricity. The village has a tank, but there is no guarantee that the water is safe. The government is well aware of the situation, but has made no moves to improve conditions.

Aug 22012

Trouble Enforcing Building Codes Leads to Dangers in Haiti

Disregard for building codes, neglecting to get permits, ignoring government inspectors - who have too little power to be effective - all are common practices in Haiti.

May 302012

Rebuilding Haiti Will Require Credible, Trained Journalists

In addition to roads, schools, homes and access to clean water and food, Haiti desperately needs credible, well-trained journalists to join its post-quake recovery.

Apr 92012

The Challenges to Ethical Journalism in Haiti

Former Knight International Journalism Fellow Kathie Klarreich has covered Haiti for more than two decades, but she is still surprised by the dilemmas facing Haitian reporters. In spite of the apparent conflicts of interest, low-paid Haitian reporters often take second jobs working for political candidates or the government to help them pay bills.

Mar 262012

Investigative Reporting by Haitians Accelerates in the Post-Quake Era

Knight International Journalism Fellow Kathie Klarreich's efforts to create a culture of investigative journalism in Haiti are paying off. Thanks to her work, journalists across the capital region are digging into stories as they track the billions of dollars in earthquake aid that poured into the country. In a Caribbean Journal op-ed, Klarreich says Haitian newsrooms have changed fundamentally in the past 20 months. Reporters she has mentored are investigating stories in newsrooms where editors are more willing to give them the time to break new ground.

Haiti Shelters

A Haitian woman and one of her six children stand in front of a shack where they live. Nearby, shelters meant for homeless families stand empty. (Photo by Fritznelson Fortuné/Haiti Grassroots Watch)

Mar 152012

Haitian Reporters Track Down Truth Behind Empty Shelters Meant for Homeless Families

Dozens of transitional shelters built for Haitian families left homeless by the 2010 earthquake remain empty now, while many of those same families still live in tents or huts. Reporters chosen for the Fund for Investigative Journalism, developed by Knight International Journalism Fellow Kathie Klarreich, set out to find out what went wrong and why. With guidance from Klarreich and Jane Regan, her partner on the project, what they found was a mountain of good intentions buried under a confusing heap of chaos and distortions.

Mar 122012

Where Has All the Money Gone in Haiti? Ask A New Group of Investigative Reporters

When I first started training Haitian journalists in investigative reporting skills in the summer of 2010, I wasn’t sure I could overcome the mountain of obstacles: a culture that didn’t include investigations; newsrooms that were so focused on daily events that verification was as rare as research; widespread lack of information, data and sources or worse, sources who divulged no information or data; and journalists themselves who weren’t even sure what I meant by investigations.