Listen to an interview with Jake Johnston at the Center for Economic and Policy Research, speaking on a recent report, Breaking Open the Black Box: Increasing Aid Transparency and Accountability in Haiti. This interview details some of the key points illustrated in the report, including the fact that over 60% of all USAID funding to Haiti has been re-directed back to organizations within the US and less than 1% of that funding went directly to Haitian projects.
In this discussion with Johnston, who also edits the Haiti: Relief and Reconstruction Watch blog, points to the need for a broader critical examination of the international aid and NGO system in Haiti. Over the past decades, dating back to the Duvalier regime, many international organizations working in Haiti circumvented the Haitian government, creating parallel systems beyond the control of Haiti’s public systems, a pattern that continued under the democratically elected governments of Jean-Bertrand Aristide and that continues to undercut indigenous Haitian institutions until today.
read / download report at : Breaking Open the Black Box: Increasing Aid Transparency and Accountability in Haiti