Thursday, January 21, 2010
Fear of diversion in Haiti goods distribution
Another thing that creates mistrust among members of the diplomatic community is the possible corruption in the distribution of goods to the people. In the past, Hait was observed to have been marked by Transparency International as one of the ten most corrupt countries in the world, ranked 176th among 180
countries. And it seems the recent crackdowns against corruption by current Haiti President Rene Preval didn't give a dent on how to correct the problem which continues to persist. Fride, a European Studies Center in Madrid, reported recently that inflow of foreign aid to Haiti totaled $2,600 million since 1984
but nothing much was done to alleviate massive poverty in Haiti.
Dante Caputo, special advisor to the Secretary of the Organization of American States (OAS) and former head of the UN Mission in Haiti, was quoted by reports regarding his proposal to create a monitoring committee so that international relief aids will be distributed properly to where they should go.
Caputo had suggested that the monitoring committee would be tasked to oversee the amount of aid matches those that are distributed to the proper recipients and ensure that the goods are not diverted to other parties, other than the needy earthquake victims themselves.