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US Spending in Haiti: The Need for Greater Transparency and Accountability

Collection:
Black Caribbean Literature (BCL)
Contributor:
Ramachandran,Vijaya (Author), Walz,Julie (Author)
Format:
Pamphlet
Publication Date:
Feb 2013
URL:
http://www.cgdev.org/files/1426965_file_Ramachandran_Walz_Haiti_transparency.pdf
Published:
Center for Global Development
Location:
African American Research Center, Library, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Subject Term:
Caribbean area, Economic conditions, United States, Haiti, Social conditions, Money, *Nongovernmental organizations, Earthquakes, Natural disasters, Humanitarian assistance, Economic assistance, Building and construction, Subcontracting, Contractors
Notes:
4 p., An estimated $9 billion of public and private funding has been spent on disaster recovery in Haiti since the 2010 earthquake. Of that, $2.25 billion in public funding has been disbursed by the United States alone. But despite the large amount of public money involved, it is nearly impossible to track how it has been spent and what has been achieved. The transparency and accountability of US spending in Haiti needs to be improved. The authors suggest three steps to do so: Require prime contractors to report subcontracting data, Adopt the International Aid Transparency Initiative, and Require systematic, and publically available evaluations by NGOs and contractors.