Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti

Six Years Post-Quake and Not Much Change – Interview with Brian Concannon

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. Part of the article is below. Click HERE for the full text and audio. 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 […]

How Foreign “Help” Hurts Haiti

More than 5 years after Haiti’s 2010 earthquake, many are still asking “where did all the money go?” This article analyzes the effects of aid efforts that don’t acknowledge the opinions or needs of the local population and end up hurting more than helping, like the Caracol Industrial park built in the north of Haiti. Supposedly, the park was part of the Clintons’ efforts to “build back better” but it hasn’t lived up to any of its promises and even resulted in subsistence farmers losing their fertile land. The article also discusses food insecurity in Haiti. Part of the article is below. Click HERE for the full text. Haiti shows how wealthy countries ‘continue to cause disaster’ Workers get paltry wages at foreign firms that ‘extract the profits from their labour,’ researcher says Nicola Luksic & Tom Howell, CBC News September 15, […]

American Red Cross Leaves Many Questions Unanswered

This past week, the American Red Cross (ARC) attempted to answer questions about how and where its money was spent in aid to Haiti. Now, after demanding these crucial answers, Iowa senator Charles Grassley is still frustrated with ARC’s lack of transparency and cooperation. In some instances, the ARC refused to give concrete answers, and, in others, it gave only indirect responses. The ARC claims that its contracts with nearly 50 aid groups, which the ARC hired to complete tasks on the ground, prevent the ARC from disclosing certain financial information to the public. Additionally, some responses contradict internal assessments and other investigations, giving rise to even more questions in an already questionable situation. Click HERE for the original article. Senator to Red Cross: Where’s the Transparency on Haiti? Justin Elliot, ProPublica July 23, 2015 The American Red Cross met […]

New documents show, Red Cross doesn’t know where half billion dollars of Haiti aid were spent

In new internal Red Cross documents released by ProPublica and NPR on their continued investigation into the spending of post-quake aid, lack of oversight and slow response are outlined as main contributors to why the Red Cross is unaware of where the nearly $500 million has gone. Of the half a billion dollars raised, a large portion was passed on to other groups contributing to aid in Haiti. However, the Red Cross kept almost no oversight of these groups, at least one of which has been proven to have mismanaged funding. Due to a lack of assessment of the effectiveness of projects and poor management from American Red Cross headquarters in Washington, D.C., the spending has not been tracked, leaving everyone to wonder where the donations have gone. Confidential Documents: Red Cross Itself May Not Know How Millions Donated for Haiti were […]

Red Cross Failed to Track Millions Spent in Haiti

Last month, the Red Cross came under fire after an investigation revealed severe mismanagement of about $500 million donated to the organization after Haiti’s 2010 earthquake. Now, the Red Cross faces even more scrutiny as Congress demands detailed replies to questions the Red Cross may not be able to answer about where all that money went. Internal Red Cross reports reveal that the organization often failed to monitor spending, oversee projects, and even monitor projects’ success, despite the organization’s public claims of success in Haiti. Experts blame the mismanagement on incompetence in the areas where the Red Cross was supposed to help, and overly centralized decision-making. Documents Show Red Cross May Not Know How It Spent Millions In Haiti Justin Elliott, NPR July 21, 2015 The American Red Cross is under pressure this week to answer detailed questions from Congress about […]

Iowa Senator Grassley Demands Answers on Haiti Spending by Red Cross

In June, after an investigation into their work, the Red Cross came under fire for mismanagement of about $500 million donated to the organization for Haiti earthquake relief and reconstruction. Now, Iowa Senator Charles Grassley is asking for better answers, in an open letter to the organization. Among those demands are a breakdown of spending for all their projects in Haiti and an explanation of previously-noted internal delays.   Part of the article is below. Click HERE for the full text. Sen. Grassley Demands Red Cross Disclose Haiti Spending — And Gives Them a Deadline The “disappointed” Judiciary Committee chairman wants a detailed breakdown of spending on projects, overhead and other issues. Justin Elliott, ProPublica July 9, 2015 Sen. Charles Grassley is demanding the American Red Cross explain how it spent nearly half a billion dollars raised after the 2010 Haiti earthquake. In […]

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