#008: Starting up a Haitian community foundation | Marie-Rose Romain Murphy by One Step Forward published on 2018-08-22T08:19:44Z Marie-Rose founded ESPWA not long after the 2010 earthquake which killed some 200,000 people. This led into eight years of intensive support to community-driven planning, with particular focus on the Grand ‘Anse region. We discuss the difficulties of building an inclusive platform in rural areas with little infrastructure and the usual rivalries; her own family’s heritage of political activism; and what it was like to encounter international institutions as the face of a Haitian organisation. Show notes: [02:05] Pivoting from community development in the United States to rural Haiti. Commonalities in how people can be politically and economically marginalised. [10:45] Connecting with her family’s roots in political activism in Haiti. First steps in setting up a community foundation in the Grand ‘Anse region, in the wake of the 2010 earthquake. [24:10] How to develop an inclusive platform in the Haitian context. Early difficulties in communicating this vision to local and international partners. [35:25] The concentration of attention and resources in Port-au-Prince. Relief and reconstruction after the earthquake, and how this was seen from the Grand ‘Anse. [40:25] Difficulties in dealing with international donors and multi-national charities. Encountering low levels of trust in Haitian leadership. [54:55] How to make the community foundation sustainable. Where Marie-Rose wants to go after eight years working on these issues. [1:05:00] Learning from an often-gruelling experience. The choice between the international development sector and a shark tank.