Comments on: Where Haiti’s money has gone http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2011/08/22/where-haitis-money-has-gone/ A slice of lime in the soda Sun, 26 Oct 2014 19:05:02 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.5 By: thezenhaitian http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2011/08/22/where-haitis-money-has-gone/comment-page-1/#comment-30191 Sat, 27 Aug 2011 23:45:02 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/?p=9490#comment-30191 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tied_aid
Tied aid is foreign aid that must be spent in the country providing the aid (the donor country) or in a group of selected countries. A developed country will provide a bilateral loan or grant to a developing country, but mandate that the money be spent on goods or services produced in the selected country.

Haiti: Where Did The Money Go? Episode 3
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pa7CUhSrA Uc

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By: thezenhaitian http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2011/08/22/where-haitis-money-has-gone/comment-page-1/#comment-30174 Sat, 27 Aug 2011 16:57:39 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/?p=9490#comment-30174 How The Government Used Our Money In Haiti: Part II
“The only aid mechanism devoted specifically to rebuilding rather than relief is the “Office of Transition Initiatives.” They put Haiti’s future entirely in the hands of two contractors: Chemonics and Development Alternatives, Inc. (DAI)[3].

‎”Chemonics raises eyebrows for multiple reasons. First, it’s a subsidiary of ERLY Industries, which also owns American Rice. Since the 1980s, American Rice captured half of the Haitian rice market, a shift that Bill Clinton recently admitted was the reason Haiti can no longer feed itself. Moreover, the agricultural program it runs, which revolves around distributing hybrid Monsanto seed, is likely to jeopardize the future of Haiti’s agricultural system.

DAI, World Vision, and CHF International have also all been the subject of media scrutiny for their activities both in and out of Haiti.

The Center for Economic and Policy Research described DAI as having a “questionable past” of putting political objectives above humanitarian goals. Last year, World Vision came under fire for using “discredited” aid practices by aid critic Bill Easterly. Finally, CHF International’s spending habits were labeled “ostentatious” in a feature that also contained a confession from CHF’s field director that the organization has no experience in the role it’s filling in Haiti.”

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By: thezenhaitian http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2011/08/22/where-haitis-money-has-gone/comment-page-1/#comment-30171 Sat, 27 Aug 2011 16:15:24 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/?p=9490#comment-30171 1) What “Haitian officials” approached and wanted to know what was in it for them. Name names. Who? What? When? What are you? A reporter or a rumor monger?

2) Haiti has never had an outbreak of cholera in its history.

3) The cholera did not occur in the camps in the capital of PaP, it happened in the countryside, in Haiti’s breadbasket. It has been conclusively proven in many scientific investigations (the latest was a genome study, which linked the South Asia strain of the bacteria to Nepal) that the UN/MINUSTAH brought cholera to Haiti. The cholera was spread because the Nepalese soldiers in Mirebalais dumped their feces into the Meye river, a tributary of the Artibonite river.

4) Haiti is the scene of an ongoing international crime. It’s to be expected that the worst sort of buzzards would be picking its bones clean. The NGOs supported by USAID are expected to return over 90% of the money back to Washington. This is why they are in Haiti.

Haiti is under occupation. Period. There is no freedom, human rights, sovereignty, autonomy or decision making by Haiti’s government. The U.S. and its “partners” are determined to keep real democracy out of the hands of the Haitian people.

It is a stupid decision on many levels, because every upcoming or anticipated disaster, calamity and mismanagement of resources…etc will be and is the direct responsibility of those who have imposed detrimental trade policies that have robbed Haiti of the ability to feed its people, that have sponsored coups, fraudulent elections, brought disease, the entire globe’s occupying armies to play their war games, the multinational exploiters of Haiti’s wealth, and others who use Haiti as their piggy bank and dumping ground for all of their toxic hate, greed… Furthermore, they take the responsibility for making Haiti the ground zero for sexual predators of every base/perverted sexual nature imaginable.

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By: rudraksha http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2011/08/22/where-haitis-money-has-gone/comment-page-1/#comment-29989 Wed, 24 Aug 2011 10:37:19 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/?p=9490#comment-29989 We do have serious trouble in understanding that money :)
rudraksha

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By: klhoughton http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2011/08/22/where-haitis-money-has-gone/comment-page-1/#comment-29938 Tue, 23 Aug 2011 14:17:01 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/?p=9490#comment-29938 Uh, Felix, you’re arguing backwards. If Haiti had actually =received= the $11B, then it might have been too much money. But, from your figures, they might have received 1/10th of that–to rebuild the entire country.

Which hasn’t been done (as DOUGC5 screams above).

It’s almost as if the US has decided that it wants the people of New Orleans to stop pointing out what a, er, poor job was done there, so they’ll keep getting worse at “rebuilding” efforts by using the Iraq “we hire based on politics, not ability or knowledge” model.

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By: PABhatia http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2011/08/22/where-haitis-money-has-gone/comment-page-1/#comment-29935 Tue, 23 Aug 2011 13:28:18 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/?p=9490#comment-29935 Felix, while I agree that you can’t just throw money at Haiti, no one has actually thrown money at Haiti! The vast majority of the $11 billion you cite has not been disbursed. It was only pledged– and it was pledged over the medium term.

For 2010-2011, donors pledged about $5.6b, a billion of which was in (some previous authorized) debt relief. Of the $4.6b for actual programming, less than $1.75b has been disbursed.

The question at this point is less Where did the money go? than Where is the money?

The best resource on post-quake financing is the UN Special Envoy’s office, from which I gathered the above information. I would urge you to consult it before further articles on the Haiti reconstruction.

See http://www.haitispecialenvoy.org/downloa d/International_Assistance/2-overall-fin ancing-data.pdf
and
http://www.haitispecialenvoy.org/downloa d/International_Assistance/1-overall-fin ancing-key-facts.pdf

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By: edwardericsonjr http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2011/08/22/where-haitis-money-has-gone/comment-page-1/#comment-29912 Tue, 23 Aug 2011 01:30:16 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/?p=9490#comment-29912 Clinton’s shelters apparently weren’t all that.

http://www.thenation.com/article/161908/ shelters-clinton-built

Good overview though, even if it’s like shooting (Harvard BS) fish in a barrel.

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By: seanh http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2011/08/22/where-haitis-money-has-gone/comment-page-1/#comment-29911 Tue, 23 Aug 2011 01:09:30 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/?p=9490#comment-29911 Felix, I would recommend you check out Paul Farmer’s Haiti After the Earthquake. Farmer points out the effectively none of the international aid money pledged to Haiti in the wake of the earthquake was directed to the public sector. For the abundance of generosity to have a lasting effect, he argues, a meaningful portion must be funneled through the (unquestionably troubled) public sector. I’m dramatically oversimplifying the thesis, but the example of Rwanda, itself the victim of a existential tragedy, serves as the model Farmer, his organization, and organizations like the Clinton Foundation, hope to mimic in Haiti with the help of the Haitian government.

http://www.npr.org/2011/07/12/137762573/ paul-farmer-examines-haiti-after-the-ear thquake

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By: DOUGC5 http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2011/08/22/where-haitis-money-has-gone/comment-page-1/#comment-29909 Tue, 23 Aug 2011 00:35:41 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/?p=9490#comment-29909 ADD ANOTHER 5OOO CHOLERA CASES PER MONTH IF SOME OF THE $MILLIONS ISN’T USED TO BUILD AN EFFECTIVE WASTE WATER TREATMENT PLANT. FYI THERE ARE PORTABLE SYSTEMS THAT COULD BE USED IMMEDIATEY. ONE WOULD THINK THE PRIORITIES WOULD BE CLEAN WATER,WASTE TREATMENT AND AGRICULTURE THAT MEETS THE NEED .IT’S AMAZING TO OBSERVE AFTER 18 MONTHS THERE ARE STILL OVER 600,000 MEN ,WOMEN AND CHILDREN LIVING UNDER TORN TARPS IN UNSANITARY CONDITIONS. HURRICANE IRENE IS ON THE WAY THAT’S RIGHT. IT’S HURRICANE SEASON # 2 FOR THE HOMELESS

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By: Doly http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2011/08/22/where-haitis-money-has-gone/comment-page-1/#comment-29906 Mon, 22 Aug 2011 23:33:06 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/?p=9490#comment-29906 People seem to have serious trouble understanding that money, the same as everything else, follows the law of diminishing returns. Given any problem, a little money often helps, but a lot usually doesn’t help lots more. The limiting factor simply becomes something else. When confronted with a complex problem (such as Haiti), studying what are the limiting factors that stop them from sorting things out and providing the right amount of each resource they need would be the ideal response. Instead, people just assume that money will buy everything else.

The truth is, money doesn’t always and automatically buy food, medicine, expertise, industrial capital, social organization, or whatever is missing from the equation. With this problem, as with any other one, it’s always a mistake to assume that money will always magically know how to transform itself into the other resources that are needed. Somebody needs to work that one out, and it isn’t always easy.

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