Monday, March 29, 2010

How 10,000 NGO's Helped Haiti Out - out of everything Haiti had

The following editorial from the Guardian shows who 'helped' Haiti to become the basket case country she has become. With friends like these, who needs enemies? Given the deaths of over 300,000 Haitians in the recent earthquake, and the tens of thousands more who will die because of inadequate shelter and food and other necessities, perhaps an investigation should be undertaken to see which of the 10,000 NGO's could be held culpable in these unnecessary deaths. Certainly Haiti must be considered a crime scene because somebody has committed high crimes for an awful long time. It is time for justice and rebuilding!

Unthinkable? Curb aid in Haiti

long before the earthquake hit, much of Haiti was run not by its government but by NGOs


The role the United States and France played in the impoverishment of Haiti must count among the less glorious achievements of both countries. Successive US presidents, from Ronald Reagan to George Bush, have contributed to the destruction of Haitian agriculture, with the result that Haiti, a natural rice producer, had to import subsidised US rice. This accelerated the flight into the cities, with the cataclysmic consequences witnessed when the earthquake struck. So that when Bill Clinton, now the UN envoy to Haiti, this week questioned whether the aid effort was helping Haiti to become self-sufficient, one had to remind oneself what happened to Haiti under Mr Clinton's presidency. He was, nevertheless, asking the right question. Long before the earthquake hit, much of Haiti was run not by its government but by NGOs. A World Bank study in 2006 counted 10,000 of them alone, the highest per capita concentration in the world. Of those, 800 alone were employed in agriculture, managing $85m of the $91m budgeted for public investment in 2006-07. Disaster relief has merely accelerated this process, and the UN's role has been to co-ordinate 900 NGO groups registered with it. The excuse for circumventing the Haitian government has been either its corruption or its complete absence, but the cure has become worse than the disease. The aid ought to be going to Haitians and their popular movements should decide how to rebuild the country. Foreign agendas for Haiti have not worked.

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