Timothy Schwartz

Timothy Schwartz
March 27
Author of "Travesty in Haiti: A true account of Christian missions, orphanages, fraud, food aid and drug trafficking" AND "Fewer Men, More Babies: Sex, Family, and Fertility in Haiti" (Timotuck@yahoo.com)


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Another chapter to the book that may never be finished. Lest it all go to  waste. 



 The War Between UNICEF and the Orphanages, Battleground Haiti


 Following the January 2010 Haiti earthquake there were a lot of exaggerations, truth-twisting and o… Read full post »


A Brief Critique of a Very Useful Technique: the EMMA

(Emergency Market Map Analysis)

  An Emergency Market Map Analysis (EMMA) is a decision making strategy that early responders use in the wake of disasters such as earthquakes and hurricanes. First developed by Lili Mohiddin and MiRead full post »

This is a much expanded verions of two shorter blogs, 'Gender in Haiti'.   It summs up the radical misunderstanding NGOs, some scholars and most journalists have presented of gender in Haiti before and after the earthquake.  


 Haiti Gender: Review of the Literature 

Gender… Read full post »

FEBRUARY 9, 2013 6:29AM

History of NGOs and Disaster in Haiti

This is a chapter from a book I'm working on.  It was written three years ago.  I've been surprised that no one has written anything similar and so thought it may be useful to some.  Who knows when the book will ever be finished.


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JANUARY 29, 2013 4:46AM

Microlending in Haiti


Microlending can be understood as the favorite and most promising current NGO activity in Haiti. It fits into the new investment-production-return ideology that donors most appreciate and in which, we are often told, Haitian farmers are eager participants. But there are aspects of the iRead full post »

Here I share two EMMA (Emergency Marketing Map Analyses). The reason I am putting them here is because they don't exist anywhere else. My employers for the job for which they were produced didn't appreciate them. Apparently they didn't approve of the use of color gradients and the incorporation of mu… Read full post »


Madan Sara

The madam sara is the itinerant female Haitian market woman.  She is the principal accumulator, mover, and distributor of domestic produce in Haiti and as such represents the most critical component in what anthropologists have long called the internal Haitian marketing system… Read full post »

JANUARY 29, 2012 3:25AM

More on Gender in Haiti

This is a longer version of the blog "short note on gender in Haiti."  I've expanded it in part because I don't think the other blog was fair to Beverly Bell. It appeared that I was singling her out and she is by no means the first or only writer-scholar  to… Read full post »


December 29, 2011--Dr. Mark Schuller’s Smoke and Mirrors in Haiti* opens a window into the twisted truths, exaggerations and self-fulfilling prophecies that still bubble forth from post-earthquake Haiti, mostly from NGOs, UN organizations, and activists like/… Read full post »

Dr. Mark Schuller’s Smoke and Mirrors in Haiti* goes far in opening a window into the twisted truths, exaggerations and self-fulfilling prophecies that still bubble forth from post-earthquake Haiti, mostly from NGOs, UN organizations, and activists like Schuller himself. Putting aside what stri… Read full post »

This was something I wrote for an entry into book.  The editors chose something else.   


It is one month after the earthquake and I am sitting in the restaurant of a chic colonial era hotel using the wireless. There are two other men nearby. They are seated several tables… Read full post »




The January 12th 2010 earthquake was a terrible disaster, but many people also saw it as a chance to pull Haiti from the depths of poverty and underdevelopment. Sympathetic individuals, companies, church congregations, schools, and governments from arouRead full post »

It's unfortunate that the most important findings of the BARR survey seem to have been lost in the controversy over the death count.

I'm not leveling any charges of conspiracy at anyone, but if I were to search for one I would say that the controversy over… Read full post »

This blog is meant to clarify what we might call “flawed” understanding of a USAID spokesman regarding the BARR survey methodology and how the earth quake death toll was arrived at. 

As part of the US government's effort to discredit a survey that it commissioned and for which it re… Read full post »

I've recently been eliminated as a candidate for consultant work in the US Food for Peace Office in Haiti .

The reason has nothing to do with the death count report on which I was lead researcher and that has garnered a lot of media attention. That has  gotten… Read full post »

Here’s the explanation for the death count and why it was done.

This is in no way meant to contradict the US Government's statement on the issue.

It is a simple clarification of what they have acknowledged.

I would not post this if they did not first acknowledge thatRead full post »

Death Count

This is a response to a report that I wrote for USAID regarding the Haiti earthquake death toll.  I don’t know if I am even free to discuss the report because it’s not official yet. However, what I can do is discuss the validity of the Haiti earthquakeRead full post »

Beverly Bell, author of the acclaimed book, Walking on Fire (2001), and one of the most vigilant contributors to the gender struggle in Haiti, illustrates how many feminist activist-scholars have tended to obfuscate gender issues in Haiti when she writes, 

“Haitian women place at the abs… Read full post »

This blog comes from the final chapter in a book I wrote (Fewer Men More Babies:  Sex, Family and Fertility in Haiti). I am posting it here because the book is thick reading--perhaps better thought of as a reference source for data on Haitian livelihood practices and family patterns--but this pa… Read full post »



 Little has changed in the 36 years since Melvin Ember (1974) admonished social researchers for what he called androcentric (male-centered) assumptions. The consequence, Ember warned, is too often a false image of the degree to which societies are patriarchic. This is/Read full post »

The research and inspiration for this blog began when I was arrested and imprisoned for four months in a Dominican Penitentiary (I was falsely accused of organizing illegal boat voyages; subsequently tried and acquitted).

The experience—not all bad--gave me an inside look at the Dominican penaRead full post »


I wanted to call this:  Articulated Transnational Migration and the Economic, Cultural, and Ecological Transformation in the Jaragua-Bahoruco-Enriquillo (JBE) Biosphere Reserve in the Dominican Republic

It is similar to my other Border Blog but begins with a more useful summary of the h… Read full post »

This blog treats demographic trends found in mountain park areas of the Dominican Republic.

The reason that I am publishing here is that I believe it provides a fascinating contrast to demographic conditions found on the other side of the border, in rural Haiti, where differential configurations of… Read full post »

This post comes from an NGO report I wrote in March 2010 after the Earthquake.  I'm posting it because it was essentially squelched and I think it contanins information and perspectives that could be useful to scholars, other NGO workers, and to the aid effort in general. I won't bother tryingRead full post »

Note that this is a working chapter from a book that I am writing. I am posting it for general interest, because I think that it makes important point and because one never knows when or if a book will be finished.  


 January 14th 2010

It is dayRead full post »

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