Aid transparency 'critical' for effective project design & implementation in Haiti, elsewhere

Published on January 16, 2013 at 3:31 AM · No Comments

"Saturday marked the third anniversary of the tragic earthquake in Haiti that claimed between 230,000 and 300,000 lives," Vijaya Ramachandran and Julie Walz of the Center for Global Development write in the Guardian's "Poverty Matters Blog," adding, "The grim landmark has prompted much discussion about the struggles surrounding reconstruction and also some hope about what may come next." While "[m]ost observers agree that the international response to the quake was overwhelming," with more than $9 billion in public and private donations, "we do not really know how the money was spent, how many Haitians were reached, or whether the desired outcomes were achieved," they state, noting they "unpacked the numbers" in a policy paper published in May and a more recent blog post.

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