Solutions for Haiti: Are International Aid Agencies Hiring Enough Haitian Nationals?

Friday, March 12, 2010

UN police patrol as people wait in line during the distribution of humanitarian aid in Port au Prince on March 11, 2010. President Barack Obama said Wednesday that Haiti's plight was still 'dire' afte UN police patrol as people wait in line in Port au Prince. (THONY BELIZAIRE/AFP/Getty Images)

All this week on The Takeaway, we've been asking listeners to weigh in on what Haiti needs from the international community in order to move on from the devastating earthquake that struck two months ago. A few listeners homed in on one particular issue: jobs.

Haiti's unemployment rate hovers between 60 and 80 percent. One area where jobs are available is the relief and aid sector. But most aid groups are international - and they have a tendency to hire workers from all over the world, not just Haiti. Should aid groups hire more Haitian staff?

We speak to Franoshka Telemarqe, a Haitian woman who landed a job with Oxfam two weeks ago. And Melody Munz, Environmental Coordinator with the International Rescue Committee in Haiti, who gives us some insight into the challenges - and opportunities - of hiring local staff.


Melody Munz and Franoshka Telemarque


Noel King

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