PORT-AU-PRINCE—After an extensive competitive review, the Interim Haiti Recovery Commission has appointed Burson-Marsteller as its communications agency. BM says it will waive all professional fees and provide its services on a pro bono basis. The firm is expected to donate more than $200,000 in time and services.
The mandate of the IHRC, which is comprised of Haitian and international partners, is to conduct strategic planning, coordination and implementation of resources from bilateral and multilateral donors, non-governmental organizations, and the business sector in the wake of the January 12, 2010 earthquake. According to Gabriel Verret, executive director of the IHRC, the organization is committed to providing “an agile, transparent and accountable means of identifying and funding projects. Effectively communicating the IHRC’s progress to the Haitian national and international communities is essential.”
Burson-Marsteller’s contract with the IHRC is for a four-month period. The firm will focus on helping the Commission communicate its work in coordinating effective planning and implementation priorities to aid Haiti’s recovery and long-term development.