|Who we are|
The Haiti Support Group (HSG) is a civil society organisation working with progressive, participatory groups in Haiti that are working for change to:
- improve the standard of living of the poor majority
- build genuine democracy and means of participation
- ensure respect for all human rights
We work to amplify the voices of those civil society organisations (CSOs) who are genuinely committed to empowering the poor majority, whether they are trade unions, womens' organisations, peasant groups, neighbourhood associations or others.
The HSG itself is a not-for-profit, unincorporated association. Our work is carried out on the basis of our objectives (see our constitution) and agreements we have with funding bodies, on a voluntary and/or consultancy basis and by the members of our Executive Committee. We are not a charity, since we are engaged - in the broadest possible sense - in politics, through campaigning, lobbying and information work. However, we have no affinity with any Haitian political party.
We welcome membership applications from anyone willing to subscribe to the objectives set out in our constitution. To join the HSG click here.
The Executive Committee, elected at the AGM on 30 June 2012, is as follows:
Former UN Human Rights Officer in Haiti, founder member HSG, frequent visitor to the country, Head of International Relations at the Bar Council of England & Wales.
Secretary: Andy Leak
Professor of French, University College London. Research areas: Sartre and Existentialism; experimental writing; the contemporary novel; Barthes; critical theory, literature and politics in Haiti.
Treasurer: John McCay
Company Secretary at the Stockwell Partnership, a leading community charity in South London.
Network Development Coordinator, The African & Caribbean Network Ltd, Glasgow, UK.
Eve Hayes de Kalaf
Specialist in Haiti-Dominican Republic relations. She lived in the DR for over five years and has a background in international development, consultancy and communications in the region.
HSG founder member. Haitian-Northern-Irish descent, fluent in Haitian and French. Specialist interest in the socio-linguistics of Haitian and teaches Kreyòl.
Journalist, television producer, founder member of HSG divides time between London and Washington DC, coordinates with US NGOs on Haiti, monitors emerging US aid and development policy towards Haiti.
HSG Consultant: Andy Taylor
Interpreter (free-lance). Former print worker and union organiser, worked two years in Haiti in that capacity for the Haitian language paper Libète. Speaks fluent Haitian and French.
Funding of the HSG
The work of the HSG is funded through membership contributions, donations, and through grants from NGOs working in solidarity with the Haitian people. We are very thankful to our members and donors and we gratefully acknowledge the generous support received from Oxfam GB, Christian Aid and CAFOD for our work in 2012/13.
The HSG is supporting demands from Haitians to build a state that is capable of taking action to lessen the impact of natural disasters. The HSG does not carry out humanitarian relief work. It also does not collect money for humanitarian operations.
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The Haiti Briefing, published in English and French, is the key publication of the Haiti Support Group. Published quarterly, since 1992, it provides our members, Haiti watchers and decision-makers with analysis of Haiti's development issues, reflected through the voices of popular organisations on the ground. Back issues are available in our archive.
To download - the latest issue (no. 73) demonstrates the Haitian government's slide towards authoritarianism - please click here. All issues of Haiti Briefing are now free for all to download! (simply register at the link first if prompted)