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Last year after the earthquake in Haiti, I posted graphs of aid and other financial flows to Haiti in recent years. This post continues in that tradition, focusing on post-disaster aid. A spreadsheet with all data and graphs is here.
The graph above excludes debt relief. "OCHA" = U.N. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs. "Pledges" refers specifically to promises to deliver aid in 2010. Keep in mind that many factors can slow the delivery of aid, some beyond the control of donors. Source: U.N. Office of the Special Envoy for Haiti.
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On January 12, 2010, an earthquake of magnitude 7.0 struck close to the densely populated city of Port-au-Prince, Haiti, killing over 200,000 people and reducing the city to rubble. Five years later, I still cannot figure out where all the money has gone.
January 12, 2014 marks the fourth anniversary of the massive quake in Haiti that left over 200,000 people dead and several million people homeless. The response from rich countries was overwhelming—over $9 billion was disbursed towards relief and reconstruction efforts ($3 billion from the United States, an estimated $3 billion in private contributions, and another $3 billion from foreign governments).
This Sunday is the fourth anniversary of Haiti’s devastating 2010 earthquake. It immediately killed more than 150,000 people and the economy was shattered. I’ve been reflecting on the progress Haiti has made and the long road ahead.