Aid to Haiti Boomeranged Back to US

6 04 2013

Study Finds Haiti Aid Largely Went to US Groups

A new report on American aid to Haiti in the wake of that country’s devastating earthquake finds much of the money went to U.S.-based companies and organizations.

The Center for Economic and Policy Research analyzed the $1.15 billion pledged after the January 2010 quake and found that the “vast majority” of the money it could follow went straight to U.S. companies or organizations, more than half in the Washington area alone.

Just 1 percent went directly to Haitian companies. . . . (more)

And –

RSOE – Complex Emergency in Haiti

The United Nations said Tuesday that a growing number of people in Haiti are not getting enough to eat following a heavy storm season that damaged food crops. The humanitarian department of the U.N. mission in the Caribbean nation of 10 million people said in its monthly bulletin that a spike in malnutrition has been recorded in some areas since October. At least one in five households faces a serious food deficit and acute malnutrition despite efforts to reduce hunger, the study said. Malnutrition is worst in Haiti’s far western corner in the administrative department of Grande-Anse, the U.N. said. There have also been reports of acute malnutrition in southeastern Haiti. Widespread flooding damaged crops in the country’s south when Hurricane Sandy and Tropical Storm Isaac brushed Haiti last year. The U.N. said that more than more than 1.5 million of Haiti’s people are at risk of malnutrition because of crops lost in the hurricane. As much as 90 per cent of Haiti’s harvest season, much of it in the south, was destroyed in Sandy’s floods.