Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti

How to Fix Haiti’s Fixers

By Paul Collier Aid groups in the earthquake-battered country are inefficient and unaccountable.  Luckily, there’s a solution. In the outpouring of generosity since Haiti’s earthquake last month, donors, investors, and charities have all made big moves to help. Key countries pledged assistance at a January summit in Montreal. At the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, which fortuitously convened the private sector just a few weeks after the quake, there was also a new seriousness toward unlocking economic opportunities. Even individuals — nearly half of U.S. households — have donated to the Haitian relief and reconstruction effort in unprecedented amounts. The influx of money will provide immediate help for the profound suffering on the ground. But Haiti will need more than just relief: To transform this unfortunate and collapsed country, the whole system of aid needs a complete transformation, too. […]

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