U.N. Discussion Paper on Haiti


The U.N. Peacekeeping Best Practices Unit has published a discussion paper that reviews the international community’s involvement in Haiti and identifies some lessons to be learned from United Nations engagements between 1994 and 2001. As a discussion paper, the document does not represent the views of the Department of Peacekeeping Operations or carry directive weight. Instead, it provides recommendations for planners. The paper finds that previous engagements failed to establish a stable policy and provides lessons that can be learned from weaknesses, key among which are the short mandate duration, the lack of cooperation from Haitian leadership, the lack of assumption of local ownership or self-reliance, ill-timed financial aid, pressure from member states, and a lack of coordination. The paper concludes that Haiti needs support in stability and security, institution building, DDRR (disarmament, demobilization, rehabilitation and reintegration) and socio-economic development, and provides recommendations for these areas. Download the paper from the U.N. website at: www.un.org/Depts/dpko/lessons/.

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