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Haiti, a Strong Case for Misplaced Development Assistance Rationale!

The facts and figures are breathtaking:

  • 230,000 Estimated Deaths
  • 2 Million Estimated Displaced Individuals in Haiti
  • 1.6 Million VERIFIED of Displaced Individuals in Settlements
  • 3 Million Estimated Affected Population

Despite all the international community sudden compassionate outcry, and pouring dollars, a lot is being learnt as who really are the invisible hands making or breaking deals in Haiti reconstruction schemes.

It's not means which make development sustainable, but the ability for citizens to size up the challenge and envision indigenous exit strategies in accordance with local specified. In the case of Haiti, citizens are shareholders meticulously weighing, simulating and gauging, day in and day out, several predatory assistance schemes making the poorest nation in the northern hemisphere a sudden object of attention, a safe heaven for an open and orchestrated scramble for Haiti, a "Berlin Conference-1884-1885" bis to divide and conquer Haiti.

This, nothing else, is the reason why it takes time for the reconstruction effort to evolve as sought from a practical standpoint! From the point of view of those millions of families directly or indirectly affected, from the point of view of those children now spending this wintry season out under a shaky tent … This dilatory assistance scheme itself is sought to lead to more additional deaths and disabled that would count as a surplus of saved money towards the assistance plan in mind when those monies was sought to reach the century old horseshoe shaped country …

This is the visible part of the iceberg: only 20% of the aid pledged had been received so far … Nearly one year on, more than one million yet fortunate Haitians still live in camps. Donors and the international community were not working with Haitians to find solutions when channeling aid to those who need it. I need to have control over what they do in my country, where they do it and with whom they are doing it, and at what cost. It's very difficult for me to give explanation for the use of money that I never receive … This is the process of intent of Mr Bellerive, Haitian Prime Minister!

May be for the newly elected government less bureaucracy would help make an impact for the benefits of the people of Haiti after centuries of acts of aggression more so now on the sovereignty on the pretext of humanitarian responsibilities.

May be a good pretext for those interest groups behind the scenes, in the name of humanitarians concerns, which would not have that much leverage if there were no mechanisms to ensure heavy bureaucracy is in place. Indeed in lieu and place of the Government of Haiti, to screen, filter and follow up on who will sit on the oversight committee, it's a so-called Haiti Reconstruction Fund, in defiance of intrinsic Government capability to run affairs, in charge of supervising and "distributing" all the relief money still pouring down in Haiti.

From its statement of intent, the Haiti Reconstruction Fund is a partnership between the international community and the Government of Haiti to help finance post-earthquake reconstruction. Nonetheless it is stated that "the HRF mobilizes, coordinates and allocates contributions from bilateral and other funds to finance high-priority projects, programs and budget support" … Openly omitting the government at sight?

What are the advocates of the fund doing with the notions of sovereignty and noninterference in internal affairs embodied within the principles of the United Nations?

How accountability will be dealt with and enforced given the non-state nature of the HRF?

Who is the HRF Board made off? Maddoff?

Is there any way the Government of Haiti can take ownership over the achievements or lack of thereof deriving from the Fund?

Partial response of such critical questionings can be found in this New World Order taking shape pointing that the prevailing world order is unipolar and this is expected to continue in a foreseeable future if strong choir of opponents are not getting busy in countering such dynamics.

Surprisingly the major institutions supposed to reinstate justice and social equity are watching and orchestrating such unipolarisation … Indeed the Haiti Reconstruction Fund activities are supervised by the Inter-American Development Bank, the United Nations and the World Bank to "vehemently" ensure that international standards of good practice for reconstruction are applied.

Provided that nations with a powerful veto right was consequentially strong in social justice ideals, they're the one to exercise their veto rights … But isn't it true that a veto gives power, possibly unlimited, to stop changes, but not to adopt them?

Haiti deserves more than such a colonialistic treatment!



Source by Demba Ndiaye

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