Category: Haiti

Month in Review, November, 2012: Part 2, Here at home

11 January, 2013 (10:00) | Argentina, Camden, China, Euro, Foreclosure, Global news, Haiti, Homeless, Month in review, Municipal bankruptcy, Nonprofits, NYCHA, Paris, Public housing, Spain, US News |

[Previous Month in Reviews available here: Oct 12, Sep 12, Aug 12, Jul 12, Jun 12, May 12]   By:David A. Smith   [Continued from yesterday's Part 1.]   As we saw in yesterday’s Part 1, affordable housing and urban troubles abound globally, but we need look no further than our front stoop to find […]

Month in Review, November, 2012: Part 1, Around the world

10 January, 2013 (10:00) | Argentina, Camden, China, Euro, Foreclosure, Global news, Haiti, Homeless, Month in review, Municipal bankruptcy, Nonprofits, NYCHA, Paris, Public housing, Spain, US News |

[Previous Month in Reviews available here: Oct 12, Sep 12, Aug 12, Jul 12, Jun 12, May 12]   By:David A. Smith   I promise to stop using my blackberry!   Housing is both global and local; both abstract and intensely human – and in November, our posts covered all four corners of housing’s world. […]

No business for amateur philanthropists: Part 3, abuse

21 November, 2012 (12:13) | Celebrities, Charities, Development, Disaster relief, Haiti, Housing, Nonprofits, Theory, Urban renewal, Wyclef Jean, Yele |

[Continued from yesterday's Part 2 and the preceding Part 1.]   By:David A. Smith   Now, after two days of demolishing the reputation of Wyclef Jean’s charity, Yele, using evidence presented in an exhaustive article in New York Times (October 11, 2012), the Times reporter settles down to presenting the material for a corruption indictment: […]

No business for amateur philanthropists: Part 2, fraud

20 November, 2012 (09:30) | Celebrities, Charities, Development, Disaster relief, Haiti, Housing, Nonprofits, Theory, Urban renewal, Wyclef Jean, Yele |

[Continued from yesterday''s Part 1.]   By:David A. Smith   Yesterday’s post used a thorough and heartbreaking article in New York Times (October 11, 2012) to introduce Wyclef Jean’s now-defunct charity, Yele, and showed how it was part and parcel of a life story he was weaving in which heroic young Wyclef makes a success […]

No business for amateur philanthropists: Part 1, waste

19 November, 2012 (14:05) | Celebrities, Charities, Development, Disaster relief, Haiti, Housing, Nonprofits, Theory, Urban renewal, Wyclef Jean, Yele |

By:David A. Smith   Charity is easy; work is hard; so ‘charitable work’ may be an oxymoron, and this most recent celebrity flameout demonstrates that of all the people with whom one might entrust one’s philanthropy, celebrities are surely the worst, for their fame deludes both them and us into thinking they are competent at […]