How Much Help is Haiti Getting?

10 May

It’s really hard to know. CBS News has a dispiriting breakdown of how it is that aid groups are reporting to their donors that they’ve installed over 10,000 new latrines – but the UN counts barely half that number actually on the ground. What’s the deal? According to CBS, “One group may pay for a latrine, two others install it, and all three count it among the total help they’ve provided. There’s nothing improper about that, but what looks like three latrines – may really be just one.”

Meanwhile, at least there’s a little good news next door in the Dominican Republic, according to the Associated Press, via Bloomberg Business Week. After losing business to the recession in 2009, hotels in Santo Domingo have been full since January 12 – thanks to aid workers en route to Haiti.

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