Date of Award

Spring 1-1-2011

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)



First Advisor

Joe Bryan

Second Advisor

Najeeb Jan

Third Advisor

Emily Yeh


The Action Plan for National Recovery and Development of Haiti, a state produced document aimed at post-earthquake reconstruction efforts in Haiti, is an ambitious proposal that aims at transforming all of Haiti--physically, institutionally, and societally. While the Action Plan claims to be an effort to build a new and better Haiti, this thesis will demonstrate that it largely rehashes past policies and programs, many of which helped create the very conditions that are cited as reasons for the destructiveness of the January 2010 earthquake. Further, the document serves as a powerful example of the tight, mutually constitutive relationship between humanitarianism and development. As such, this thesis understands the humanitarian disaster of the earthquake in Haiti as an event that has allowed for the implementation of particular development initiatives, manifest in the Action Plan.

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