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Humanitarian Aid on the move #7, special issue: Haïti

Bibliography on Haiti: the past and the present help to shed light on the future


 The international community and Haiti

DAVID, Charles-Philippe. Afghanistan, Haïti, Darfour : Les missions de paix sont-elles encore possible? FIDES, September 2010. 252 P. POINTS CHAUDS
UN peacekeeping missions in Afghanistan, Darfur, Haiti and elsewhere (almost twenty in total) have often fallen short of the hopes they had raised and their results have been mixed and contested. The United Nations has been at the centre of conflict prevention and resolution strategies, having deployed hundreds of thousands of Peacekeeping soldiers over the last two decades to maintain fragile peace and avoid the resumption of conflict by means of observation and surveillance operations in areas where there is tension. But the advent of a multi-polar world marked by intra-state conflicts has rendered obsolete the notion of impartial UN forces taking position between combatants with their accord. UN forces now have a much more active role, which has led them to define and impose norms of peace. New concepts and methods have been developed by different governments, such as the Canadian government, in order to guide its participation in running the missions it is involved in. Are these missions more effective than the more “traditional” missions? Do they give tangible results in the field? Has the UN’s capacity to act autonomously and independently been reduced? These are the questions which the authors of this work attempt to answer, referring to lessons from Afghanistan, Haiti and Darfur. (Publisher’s note)

Haïti : sortir de la dépendance humanitaire. REVUE HUMANITAIRE n°27, December 2010.
This dossier focuses on the round table “Haïti: sortir de la dépendance humanitaire?” organised on 2 December 2010 by Médecins du Monde and hosted by Luc Evrard. It includes the following articles: “Regards d’Haïti, avis d’Haïtiens”, “L’impitoyable fatalité de la tragédie haïtienne ou la représentation collective du séisme selon les médias”, “La gestion des adoptions internationales”, “Electriciens sans frontières : retour sur dix mois de mobilisation”, “Les enseignements de la catastrophe” and “Haïti : Tenez vos promesses”.