Today, January 12, marks the sixth anniversary of Haiti’s catastrophic 2010 earthquake. Despite billions pledged and spent in Haiti since then, there is not much to show for it. IJDH Executive Director Brian Concannon explains what went wrong, like not consulting Haitians on what their country needed and relying on expensive international experts.
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Anger in Haiti over misspent aid, six years after the 2010 earthquake
Christopher Woolf, PRI’s The World
January 12, 2016
It’s six years since an earthquake devastated Haiti, and killed at least 200,000 people.
In the immediate aftermath, the world rallied and pledged enormous amounts of assistance and development aid. But in Haiti today there is anger about the promises that have fallen short.
The UN estimates that about $10 billion was pledged, and about half of that has been spent.
Much was well-spent, especially in the beginning, according to Brian Concannon, executive director of the Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti. Concannon has worked in and for Haiti for more than 20 years.
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