“This is where we fail, the single leadership process. Forgot about the white saviour, just ‘the saviour’. No, no, no, no!”

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Episode notes

Marie-Rose founded ESPWA not long after the 2010 earthquake which killed some 200,000 people. This led into eight years of intensive support to community-driven planning, with particular focus on the Grand ‘Anse region.

It has not always been a happy story, and certainly not a straightforward one. Amongst other things, we discuss:

  • what it’s like to encounter international institutions as a Haitian-American woman, in a context where just 0.6% of aid goes to locally-led organisations;
  • what it takes to build real connections between diverse, fragmented and often-polarised local communities;
  • how her own family’s heritage of political activism influences her work in the modern ‘development’ system.