Ultimately, Haitians will rebuild Haiti, but they will do so with the generosity of a global community that is effectively mobilized to leverage resources in an effective manner. Haiti.com strives to provide an effective communication platform to help the people of Haiti help themselves, and to provide the tools and resources with which to so. Projects and initiatives that are inclusive of the Haitians themselves will be given preference.
Haiti.com is a collaborative effort consisting of a group of partners committed to making a difference. Haiti.com’s growing list of partners will likely include, but is not limited to:
Col.com Corporation (COL)
COL is a Caribbean travel and development company that owns a number of Caribbean related domains, including “haiti.com”. In response to the devastating earthquake in Port-Au-Prince, COL immediately provided its URL, “haiti.com”, as a resource link for the many aid and relief efforts underway.
Recipco Holdings Ltd.
Recipco is a global enterprise that has created a unique economic system and trading platform that organizes the world’s abundance of unused capacity so that it can be better utilized to increase trade, improve economic conditions and promote social development in a more fair, just and inclusive way. The Recipco Capacity Exchange uses a unique global trading currency that serves as the unit of account, store of value and medium of exchange which is a particularly relevant solution for the world’s poor and emerging economies who find it difficult to participate in the current global monetary marketplace because they have no money or means of credit.
Recipco is providing Haiti.com access to its unique capacity trading solution for the efficient delivery of relief aid and charitable contributions to Haiti. Not only is the Recipco Capacity Exchange an effective means of exchanging goods and services, but it also offers an opportunity to protect against corruption or other abuses and enhance value of government or NGO contributions while facilitating and providing incentives for corporate donations.
Association for International Mobility (AIM)
AIM is a not-for-profit group established in cooperation with corporate and civil society partners to enable the private sector to act directly and effectively on the major economic, social and humanitarian challenges of human mobility. AIM is currently implementing a series of Internet services platforms to connect countries with their Diasporas, and will be Haiti.com’s lead partner in the development of this critical area of aid.
Wisekey is a leading Swiss Internet and mobile security firm, specializing in the confidentiality of transactions. Wisekey will work closely with AIM to allow members of the extensive Haitian Diaspora to interact directly with their families and friends in Haiti and will facilitate contributions from both the Haitian Diaspora and the private sector to worthy projects in Haiti.
Ushahidi operates an online platform that allows individuals and organizations to post real-time information about unfolding crises, allowing users to aggregate information and present it on maps, charts, and timelines.
Ushahidi was critical in the early stages of Haiti.com’s development and may play a role going forward. Within days of the earthquake Ushahidi provided it’s mapping infrastructure for crowd sourcing crisis information to help successfully map the local situation in Haiti in real time, resulting in the saving of numerous lives, including a number of young children trapped in a school.
International Organization for the Security of Electronic Transactions (OISTE)
The OISTE Foundation is a non-profit organization created with the objectives of promoting the use and adoption of international standards to secure electronic transactions, expand the use of digital certification and ensure the interoperability of certification authorities e-transaction systems.
Digicel Inc. is a leading cellular telephony in the Caribbean and in Haiti and is very active in efforts to rebuild Haiti, including serving as an active member of the Clinton Global Initiative.
International Telecommunications Union (ITU)
ITU is the leading United Nations agency for information and communication technology issues, and the global focal point for governments and the private sector in developing networks and services.
Caribbean Telecommunications Union (CTU)
CTU is a Caribbean intergovernmental organization dedicated to facilitating the development of the regional information and communications (ICT) sector.
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