More than four-and-a-half years after the devastating earthquake in Haiti, the U.S. Congress passed legislation on Friday demanding greater accountability and transparency in U.S. relief and reconstruction efforts. “[W]e need to provide more accountability of our efforts to rebuild Haiti as we work to produce sustainable local capacity and strengthen democratic institutions,” said Rep. Read More
Aid Accountability and Transparency
One of the better tools to achieve accountability and transparency, the Assessing Progress in Haiti Act will, among other requirements:
- Examine carefully how obligated funds have been used by USAID and its implementing partners at both the prime and subprime levels;
- Detail existing goals and quantitative and qualitative indicators that USAID is applying at the program level;
- Assess how the Department of State and USAID are working with Haitian authorities and consulting Haitian grassroots organizations in the design and implementation of aid programs;
- Assess efforts to include the Haitian private sector in recovery and development programs;
- Assess whether vulnerable populations, including Internally Displaced Populations, women, children, orphans and persons with disabilities have been taken into account in the design and implementation of new programs;
- Assess how USAID programs are impacting the livelihoods of smallholder farmers who are crucial to Haiti’s economy;
- Examine the U.S.
The following is a June 12, 2014, open letter from organizational leaders calling on Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Senator Robert Menendez and Ranking Member Senator Bob Corker to support swift passage of the Assessing Progress in Haiti Act.
Dear Chairman Menendez and Ranking Member Corker,
We, the undersigned heads of development, faith-based, human rights and social justice organizations, remain steadfast in our commitment to see a just recovery in Haiti after the deadly 2010 earthquake. Read More
Officially open for business since October 2012, Caracol Industrial Park (PIC) is expected to become Haiti’s largest private employer and foreign investor. US$ 424 million in development aid from donors including the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and the United States government have been committed to the Park and ten PIC support projects. Read More
Recordings of the different briefings are available online.
- Gender Briefing (February 4th)– www.youtube.com/watch?v=sV1Y5ZF7H3o
- Reception and Photo Exhibit (February 4th) – www.youtube.com/watch?v=MS_qQcRTXyM
- Interfaith Prayer Breakfast (February 5th)– www.youtube.com/watch?v=eznd7SnfZ4Q
- Accountability Briefing (February 5th)– www.youtube .com/watch?v=rfZGCztqxzE
- Housing Briefing (February 5th)– www.youtube.com/watch?v=-f-D33Padww
- Agriculture Briefing (February 5th)– www.youtube.com/watch?v=wAa16Pr-Zcg&feature=youtu.be
As of March 31, 2013, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) had obligated $293 million (45 percent) and disbursed $204 million (31 percent) of $651 million in funding for Haiti from the Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2010 (the Act). The Department of State (State) submitted four of five periodic reports to Congress, as required by the Act. Read More
April 2013, Jake Johnston and Alexander Main
The U.S. government pledged $1.15 billion for relief and reconstruction projects in Haiti. Key U.S. actors, like the State Department’s Cheryl Mills, acknowledged a “unique opportunity to ‘build back better’” and “an obligation to ensure that aid is actually effective.” Over three years have passed since Haiti’s earthquake and, despite USAID’s stated commitment to greater transparency and accountability, the question “where has the money gone?” Read More