Friday, February 11

"Haiti and the truth about NGOs"

Edward Stourton conducts a necessary investigation of the aid industry in this BBC Radio 4 documentary. There is something very wrong when billions of dollars in aid and thousands of NGOs leave somewhere around a million people still in tents in refugee camps and can neither stop an outbreak of cholera nor begin large-scale reconstruction in Haiti a year after the earthquake that killed over a quarter million people. Stourton leaves little hope when he presents the choice as between small NGOs led by incompetents who struggle to coordinate their efforts with others and large NGOs led by the corrupt who are dependent on national governments for the bulk of their funding, but the points he raises are good ones. It's worth a listen.

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