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Haiti: Much Attention, No Results. Why Development Assistance Doesn’t Work


  • Andreea Mariș

    (University of Petrosani, Romania)

  • Sabina Irimie

    () (University of Petrosani, Romania)


The present paper is an excerpt, with little adaptation, from the master thesis: “Project management’s contribution to international cooperation. How to make things work: ODA in Haiti” wrote under the coordination of Prof. Dr. Horst Brezinski from Technical University Freiberg Bergakademie and Prof. Dr. Eng.. Sabina Irimie from University of Petrosani, while benefiting from an Erasmus study scholarship at the first mentioned institution. It presents the case of Haiti, a small country facing big challenges and enjoying plenty of international attention especially due to the recent earthquake that struck the country at the beginning of 2010. The SWOT analysis inside the paper offers a detailed view of Haiti’s actual situation, identifying in the same time its problems and the variables that should be taken into consideration when designing programmes and projects targeting Haiti’s development.

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  • Andreea Mariș & Sabina Irimie, 2011. "Haiti: Much Attention, No Results. Why Development Assistance Doesn’t Work," Annals of the University of Petrosani, Economics, University of Petrosani, Romania, vol. 11(3), pages 167-176.
  • Handle: RePEc:pet:annals:v:11:y:2011:i:3:p:167-176

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    Haiti; Millenium Development Goals; SWOT Analysis; Programmes and Projects;

    JEL classification:

    • P45 - Economic Systems - - Other Economic Systems - - - International Linkages
    • E20 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Consumption, Saving, Production, Employment, and Investment - - - General (includes Measurement and Data)
    • G18 - Financial Economics - - General Financial Markets - - - Government Policy and Regulation
    • I00 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - General - - - General
    • J01 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - General - - - Labor Economics: General
    • L31 - Industrial Organization - - Nonprofit Organizations and Public Enterprise - - - Nonprofit Institutions; NGOs; Social Entrepreneurship
    • N52 - Economic History - - Agriculture, Natural Resources, Environment and Extractive Industries - - - U.S.; Canada: 1913-
    • Q17 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Agriculture - - - Agriculture in International Trade


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