Six months after the Haitian earthquake, $506 million of the $5.3 billion pledged at a donors conference in March has been disbursed to Haiti, according to Jehane Sedky of the U.N. Development Program, CNN reports in a story investigating the aid commitments. Only Australia, Brazil, Estonia and Norway have given money to the Interim Haiti Recovery Commission. "The United States pledged $1.15 billion to the commission. It has paid nothing, with the money tied up in the congressional appropriations process," according to the news service.
Former President Bill Clinton, a U.N. special envoy for Haiti, said, "I'm going to call all those governments and say, the ones who said they'll give money to support the Haitian government, I want to try to get them to give the money, and I'm trying to get the others to give me a schedule for when they'll release it" (Johns/Fox, 7/15).