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City Life in the Republic of NGOs

Haiti's weak government and heavy foreign aid presence has led some to refer to it as the "Republic of NGOs." Satellite explored how this dynamic plays out in the small city of Fort-Liberté, which has been shaken by recent protests over electricity.
July 31, 2015, 1pm PDT | satellitemag
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For residents of Fort-Liberté, capital of Haiti's poorest province, access to high-quality physical and social infrastructure is a distant dream. Over the past year and a half, a series of protests over the lack of consistent electricity have resulted in several deaths.

As is common throughout the nation, international organizations ranging from the UN to small church groups now provide many of the services typically handled by governments, from education to healthcare. This article explores the historical roots of this issue and offers a glimpse into how it shapes life in Fort-Liberté.

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Published on Thursday, July 30, 2015 in Satellite Magazine
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