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

from Center for Global Development
Published on 20 Feb 2013 View Original

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. Here we suggest three steps to do so: Require prime contractors to report subcontracting data Adopt the International Aid Transparency Initiative Require systematic and publically available evaluations by NGOs and contractors