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Haiti Reconstruction: U.S. Efforts Have Begun, Expanded Oversight Still to Be Implemented

Black Caribbean Literature (BCL)
Gootnick,David (Author), Ragland,Susan (Author)
Book, Whole
Publication Date:
May 2011
United States Government Accountability Office
African American Research Center, Library, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Subject Term:
Caribbean area, Politics and government, Haiti, Earthquakes, Natural disasters, United States International development agency, Public finance, Planning, Internal security, United States State department, Architecture and planning, United States Government Accountability Office, Federal aid
70 p., Congress appropriated more than 1.14 billion dollars in supplemental funds for reconstruction assistance following the earthquake in Haiti, most of which was provided to the US Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Department of State (State). The Haitian government created the Interim Haiti Recovery Commission (IHRC), a joint Haitian-international entity, for an 18-month term to coordinate donors, conduct strategic planning, approve reconstruction projects, and provide accountability. GAO addressed (1) the planned uses for US reconstruction assistance and the amounts provided so far, (2) USAID's internal controls for overseeing US funds, and (3) IHRC's progress establishing governance and oversight structures.