What it's about:
During and immediately after a crisis, external economic ties tend to be disrupted, if not totally cut.
Port-au-Prince in Haiti has frequently been hit by disasters, and lessons it has learned could provide a blueprint for other cities.
Although international aid was critical after the 2010 earthquake, Port-au-Prince maintained commercial activity, with small clusters of "surviving" businesses coming together to rebuild different areas. In doing so, cash was injected into local economies and provided immediate income to residents.
Port-au-Prince established a "recycle-reconstruct-resettle" model for quake survivors, employing residents in waste management and reconstruction work.
Building materials for reconstruction were scarce, so locals were employed to sift through debris and recycle rubble to rebuild their city, combining earthquake-resistant construction techniques with training and employment generation.
With the support of the international community, thousands of construction workers were trained and engaged in the reconstruction of parts of the city affected by the earthquake. This included building thousands of housing units.
Why it's noteworthy:
Combining physical reconstruction with livelihood regeneration after the 2010 earthquake kept thousands of people from becoming homeless and unemployed in Haiti, and strengthened a decimated economy.
The resilience of local businesses, together with international aid, kept the city running and enabled it to come back to life more quickly, say experts.
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