COLLECTIVE REMITTANCES AND SOCIAL SERVICE PROVISION IN HAITI

Funder: Inter-American Development Bank
 
It is well understood that diasporas often play a vital supporting role in sustaining vital services in countries where effective state provided services are lacking. Funding for this project enabled systematic field research to (i) elaborate the nature and mechanisms of diaspora support for health and educational institutions and (ii) make recommendations with respect to measures that may increase the effectiveness of diaspora remittances in social service provision. A team of researchers from ISIM, Trinity College and FOCAL, working with Haitians in New York, Florida and Haiti, examined the extent to which the Haitian diaspora communities in Canada and the United States are directly funding health and education services through professional associations, home town associations, churches and other associative organizations. The project also explored the links between Haitian diaspora organizations in the United States and Canada and counterpart organizations in Haiti.