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F O R E I G N S E R V I C E J O U R N A L / A P R I L 2 0 1 2
on the political front, however. On
Feb. 25, Prime Minister Garry Conille
resigned after just four months in of-
fice, with no successor in sight. Reuters
reports
that his ouster follows a series
of increasingly public clashes withMar-
telly over earthquake reconstruction
contracts and a parliamentary investi-
gation into dual citizenship of govern-
ment ministers, which is illegal under
Haitian law
(
www.reuters.com).
Conille, a 45-year-old medical
doctor and U.N. development expert,
was popular with foreign aid donors
and many members of the interna-
tional community, so his departure is
likely to slow down progress even fur-
ther.
Though more than 100 countries
pledged a total of $5 billion for recon-
struction at a March 2010 United Na-
tions–sponsored donor conference
for Haiti, they have delivered barely
half of that total two years later. While
the United States has contributed less
than a third of the $914 million it
pledged, it still leads the rest of the
world by a large margin, according to
a report in the Jan. 11
Guardian
(
www.guardian.co.uk
).
One of the leading private charities
on the rebuilding front is the Clinton
Bush Haiti Fund
(
www.clintonbush
haitifund.org
). H
eaded by former
presidents Bill Clinton and George W.
Bush, the organization has raised more
than $54 million thus far, and uses a va-
riety of approaches and programs to
stretch its donations. The fund’s bot-
tom-up approach encompasses 34 dif-
ferent aid programs of various sizes in
fields ranging from solar energy to ar-
tisan exports and work-force develop-
ment.
On Jan. 16, CNN reports, Laurent
Lamothe, Haiti’s minister of foreign
and religious affairs, named actor Sean
Penn an Ambassador at Large for
Haiti during a fundraiser at the Cin-
ema for Peace in Beverly Hills, Calif.,
that raised over $5 million. Penn was
honored for his charity work, which in-
cludes leading the construction of a
camp for tens of thousands of Haitians
(
http://marquee.blogs.cnn.com
).
— David J. Barton,
Editorial Intern
Happy 20th Birthday, GLIFAA!
On March 8, 1992, Gays and Les-
bians in Foreign Affairs Agencies
(
www.glifaa.org
) w
as born over
brunch in the living room of David
Buss and David Larson. The couple
had invited about a dozen other State
Department and USAID employees
who, like Buss, were under criminal
investigation by the Bureau of Diplo-
matic Security because of allegations
they were homosexual.
A few weeks later, GLIFAA ar-
rived at a consensus on a name for
the group, drafted bylaws and poli-
cies, and began reaching out to
AFSA, State’s Office of Equal Em-
ployment Opportunity and other al-
lies. Though it grew slowly at first,
the organization now has more than
300 members, including a network of
post representatives who help to ad-
dress the needs of members and al-
lies serving overseas.
The issuance of a non-discrimina-
tion policy by Secretary of State War-
ren Christopher in 1993 was one of
the organization’s early successes. It
has also worked closely with State and
other foreign affairs agencies to de-
velop and implement rights and privi-
leges for same-sex partners of employ-
ees overseas.
In the summer of 2009, the De-
partment of State granted Eligible
Family Member status to domestic
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