First Wednesday: Haiti

Talk Wednesday 3rd February, 2010

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Paddy O’Connell of BBC Radio 4’s Broadcasting House will again be in the chair for another of our lively discussions. First Wednesdays are an opportunity to debate with experts and commentators on a wide range of issues; This month we will focus on Haiti ahead of the International donors’ meeting at the United Nations headquarters in New York in March to discuss rebuilding the country.

Almost three weeks after an earthquake devastated Haiti killing 200,000 and leaving 1.5 million homeless, the discussion will focus on the colonial history of Haiti and the role of the international community in shaping its future: What are the prospects for genuine reconstruction of the country?

We are hoping that a member of United Haitians in the UK will attend this discussion.

Panel so far: Orin Gordon, of BBC News and former head of the Caribbean Service; Astrid Zweynert, deputy editor of AlertNet; and Christian Wisskirchen, Haiti Support Group;

Peter Hallward, professor Modern European Philosophy at Middlesex University and author of Damming the Flood: Haiti, Aristide, and the Politics of Containment and Clare Lockhart, co-founder and CEO of the Institute for State Effectiveness will be with us for the first half of the evening.

Read more about the panel and the event on our blog.