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    Former Haiti official: We have no idea where all that recovery money went


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    Re: $Billions Pledged to Haiti After Earthquake Have Vanished

    Quote Originally Posted by AmericanSpartan View Post
    Wow! Its not like anyone saw this coming now did they?
    Who predicted this, exactly?

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    Re: $Billions Pledged to Haiti After Earthquake Have Vanished

    Quote Originally Posted by CMPancake View Post
    Who predicted this, exactly?
    Anyone with some common sense..

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    Re: $Billions Pledged to Haiti After Earthquake Have Vanished

    Quote Originally Posted by AmericanSpartan View Post
    Anyone with some common sense..
    So then I'm sure you can point to any instances where people said "sending aide to a country hit with a massive Earthquake was a bad idea."

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    Re: $Billions Pledged to Haiti After Earthquake Have Vanished

    Quote Originally Posted by AmericanSpartan View Post

    Greedy bastards. This is bull**** but like all 'missing money' it will get swept under the rug while the people suffer.
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    Re: $Billions Pledged to Haiti After Earthquake Have Vanished

    As usual with a sudden influx of outside capital ("aid") it mostly was squandered, and the majority never made it into Haitian hands.

    Some global development analysts say that the spending structure — with the vast majority of money being funneled through foreign contractors instead of the Haitian government or local outfits — has built-in inefficiencies, compounded by a lack of accountability and transparency.

    The U.S. Agency for International Development, which oversees the aid program, says using experienced Beltway-based firms that could move quickly in the beginning was a necessity, but acknowledges that more should go to local entities. The new goal is to put 17 percent of funding in Haitian hands.

    The American companies relied on a maze of subcontractors, increasing overhead and obscuring whether the money was being spent wisely, critics said.

    "It was really hard getting our hands around this," said Rep. Barbara Lee, D-Calif., who authored a bill signed into law last month that requires more robust reporting of how aid is being spent going forward.
    What Does Haiti Have to Show for $13 Billion in Earthquake Aid? - NBC News
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    Re: $Billions Pledged to Haiti After Earthquake Have Vanished

    This is why Im against foreign aid in general, its likely to be stolen, and even if it doesn't we are just exporting welfare and all its problems internationally.

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    Re: $Billions Pledged to Haiti After Earthquake Have Vanished

    Quote Originally Posted by US Conservative View Post
    This is why Im against foreign aid in general, its likely to be stolen, and even if it doesn't we are just exporting welfare and all its problems internationally.
    We agree on that point, but I would have replaced "welfare" with dependence. We have enough information now to conclude that the majority of the money designed to help Haiti ended up never making it to Haiti.
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    Re: $Billions Pledged to Haiti After Earthquake Have Vanished

    It's not surprising at all, but certainly a shame.

    In areas of conflict (war zones, refugee camps, etc), this kind of $$ and resources are usually heavily tracked and guarded. In this case, maybe they just turned it over to various aid agencies and they were less vigilent or downright corrupt. Some of both probably.
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