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24 Apr 2017

Accountability Counsel

Haiti: Caracol Industrial Park project impacts livelihood of displaced families

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"Livelihoods lost - Caracol Industrial Park", Apr 2017

...Livelihood Impacts of Caracol Industrial Park: Families impoverished in the name of development. In early January 2011, approximately 442 farmers and their families were cultivating land in Caracol-Chabert that would become the site of the Caracol Industrial Park...With no more than a few days’ notice, that land was gone and, with it, their livelihood: their means of living, of securing food, shelter, healthcare and education for their children and of recovering from crises.

...The Inter-American Development Bank...failed to follow even its most basic safeguards, in order to protect these families from that risk...The families now struggle to pay for essential items, including food and education for their children. They mainly used the cash compensation to pay for immediate and unavoidable expenses that they previously paid with the income they obtained from their land...