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A massive foreign aid failure

Posted by Richard on January 13, 2011

Today is the first anniversary of the Haiti earthquake. According to the news report I saw tonight, over $11 billion in foreign aid has poured into Haiti since then. And a million people are still living in tattered tents. What's wrong with this picture?

I find it difficult to believe that, in Haiti, you can't build a permanent structure — at least a simple one-room cabin that could shelter a family of four — for a thousand bucks or so. $11 billion amounts to $11,000 for each homeless man, woman, and child, or $44,000 for each family of four. Heck, that would buy a decent 2500 sq. ft. home in Detroit.

So why are a million people living in tattered tents? Where has the money gone? Is there any kind of accurate accounting for how the funds have been spent? 

I doubt it. What matters to the people in charge isn't the outcome, but the intentions

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