Knight International Journalism Fellowships

Haiti: Track Aid Funds to Ensure a Strong Recovery

Haitian journalists work in a makeshift newsroom at Le Nouvelliste. Their old building was destroyed in the January 2010 earthquake.

Knight International Journalism Fellow Klarreich established an investigative team at Le Nouvelliste, Haiti’s leading newspaper, which regularly produces stories on the misuse of aid sent to Haiti after the catastrophic January 2010 earthquake. The team broke stories about a land dispute that stopped work at a critically important sanitation plant near a refugee camp. After reading these reports, Haitian President Michel Joseph Martelly intervened and construction resumed.

Klarreich expanded her work to provincial cities, where she held workshops on investigative journalism. She also formed a Haiti-wide network of 75 investigative reporters, connecting the rural reporters to their colleagues in the capital. Given her successes, the National Association of Haitian Media and International Media Support (IMS) worked with Klarreich to launch an investigative reporting fund. A panel of Haitian journalists selected six projects from the 15 submissions. The winners received funding for their expenses and an honorarium. The goal is to hold an annual competition to promote investigative journalism in Haiti. Trocaire, an Irish NGO, provides support for the Fund.

Our Stories

  • 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.

  • 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

    Investigative Story Tracks Donations Intended to Help Refugees in Haiti

    In the aftermath of Haiti's 2010 earthquake, scores of non-governmental organizations and churches moved in to help.


In the News

  • 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.

  • Mar 52012

    Tackling the Challenges of a Thriving, Free Press in Haiti

    GlobalPost's GroundTruth blog featured the work of Knight International Journalism Fellow Kathie Klarreich, working in Haiti to build a network of trained investigative journalists. It details the many, many challenges journalists in that country face, not the least of which includes newsrooms that still have not recovered from the devastation of the January 2010.

  • Jul 222011

    Haiti Press Network Covers Documentary Film Producer's Visit to Promote Investigative Journalism

    The Haiti Press Network interviewed documentary film producer Kalyanee Mam during her ICFJ-sponsored visit to Haiti to promote investigative journalism. Mam discusses similarities between her homeland Cambodia in post-Khmer Rouge times and post-quake Haiti, specifically the influx of NGOs and importance of tracking aid money during a recovery process.


  • A group of student filmmakers in Haiti worked with Knight International Fellow Kathie Klarreich to document the views of residents forced to evacuate the property they've been squatting on for several years.