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18673: erzilidanto: Opposition in Haiti's US/European Union forein funding information (fwd)
Thanks to information provided to the Haiti Support Group by the European
Commission (EC) staff in Brussels and the EC delegation in Port-au-Prince, we are
able to shed some light on this subject:
• The European Commission is co-financing a Human Rights / Democracy project
with Haiti's Initiative de la Societe Civile (ISC) group. The European
Commission's contribution is 773,000 Euros (US$890,374 at today's exchange rate). The
duration of the contract is from 21/12/2001 to 21/12/2003.
• The official recipients of this disbursement are M. Rosny Desroches and the
Fondation Nouvelle Haiti. Rosny Desroches is the spokesperson for the
Initiative de la Societe Civile. The Fondation Nouvelle Haiti (FNH) is a member of
the Initiative de la Societe Civile group.
According to the EC delegation in Port-au-Prince, the reason why the amounts
have been disbursed to the FNH and Rosny Desroches, rather than the ISC, is
that the ISC had not been officially registered with the Haitian authorities at
the time when the grant was authorised.
Regarding funding for the Group of 184:
It is known that Rosny Desroches is head of the Fondation Haitienne de
l'Enseignement Prive (FONHEP), and that the FNH is run by M. Andre Apaid Jnr. Both
FONHEP and FNH are members of the ISC. All members of the ISC are also members
of the Group of 184. Indeed, Andre Apaid Jnr. is the Group of 184's main
According to the EC, M. Desroches and the FNH are charged with disbursing the
EC funds to "human rights groups" in Haiti. Fourteen organisations are listed
by the EC as among those receiving EC funding via M. Desroches and the FNH.
These 14 organisations are:
FNH - Fondation Nouvelle Haiti;
CCIH - Chambre de commerce et d'industrie;
CNEH - Confederation Nationale des educateurs haitiens;
OGITH - Organisation generale independante des travailleurs haitiens;
CRESFED - Centre de Recherche et de Formation Economique et Sociale;
MOUFHED - Mouvement des femmes haitiennes pour l'education et le
CEDH - Centre oecumenique des droits humains;
Commission Justice et Paix;
Femmes en democratie;
KOP (Coordination des organisations populaires);
CEPRODHD - Centre pour la promotion des droits humains et de la democratie en
FPDH - Fondation pour la Promotion des droits de l'homme;
CREDH - Centre de recherche pour le developpement humain;
CED - Collectif pour l'education et le developpement.
The first seven organisations in the above list are members of the Group of
• As we have already mentioned, the FNH is run by Andre Apaid Jnr. - the
Group of 184's main spokesperson.
• The head of the CICH, Maurice Lafortune, has also appeared in public as a
Group of 184 spokesperson.
• The CNEH and the OGITH are trade unions, both members of the Group of 184.
• The CRESFED is a non-governmental organisation headed by Suzy Castor, a
leading member of the Organisation du Peuple en Lutte political party.
• The MOUFHED is a non-governmental organisation headed by Jessie Benoit, a
leading member of the Konakom political party.
• The CEDH is a human rights organisation headed by Jean-Claude Bajeux, one
of the founders, and a former secretary-general, of the Konakom political
The Organisation du Peuple en Lutte and Konakom political parties are members
of the Democratic Convergence coalition.
While on the subject of foreign funding for organisations in Haiti, we also
note that the United States Agency for International Development (USAID)
allocated US$3,050,000 (just over three million dollars) to "civil society, the
media, human rights organisations and political parties" for its Government and
Democracy programme in Haiti in the fiscal year 2003 (year ending September