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USAID Reconstruction Costs in Haiti Underestimated and Undersupervised

Nearly 5 years after the devastating earthquake in Haiti, the reconstruction effort continues to struggle. This article focuses on a project by USAID, which costs a lot more than originally planned, for a lot fewer houses than originally projected. Many blame these issues on lack of oversight and hiring foreign contractors instead of local Haitians.

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U.S Home Reconstruction in Haiti: Another Disaster

Brianna Ehley, The Fiscal Times
December 9, 2014

Nearly five years after a disastrous 7.0 magnitude earthquake devastated Haiti, killing more than 220,000 people and leaving millions without homes, the tiny island nation is still struggling to pick up the pieces—despite a multi-billion dollar international repair effort.

The United States alone committed more than $3 billion to rebuild Haiti—with federal agencies creating a spate of programs and initiatives aimed at helping storm victims get access to shelter and food. But many of those programs have fallen short– soaring way over budget and way past their deadlines.

The U.S. Aid and International Development agency (USAID)’s “New Settlement Program” for example, intended to build houses for Haitians that lost their homes to the earthquake, has been plagued with cost overruns and hasn’t helped nearly as many people as planned.


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