Pakistan and Haiti are caught in a few similar circumstances. Both nations, still reeling from the impacts of massive natural disasters, are also plagued with weak government systems that prompt concerns over transparency in handling aid money.
For long-term rehabilitation efforts to be sustainable in both nations, donors need to boost the capacity of governments in delivering services to their people, according to UN Dispatch’s Mark Leon Goldberg.
To simultaneously empower the government and quell donors’ concerns about transparency, the Interim Haiti Recovery Commission was set up to “conduct strategic planning and coordination and implement resources from bilateral and multilateral donors, non-governmental organizations, and the business sector, with all necessary transparency and accountability.
The commission is co-chaired by Haitian Prime Minister Jean-Max Bellerive and United Nations envoy to Haiti Bill Clinton.
Goldberg argues: “Having a high profile, internationally respected non-Haitian as a co-chair is certainly a boon to Haiti’s fund raising effort, while having the top government official as a co-chair ensures that this is a Haitian-driven process.”
“Will Pakistan create a similar hybrid commission? If so, who would be the prominent international co-chair? On the one hand, the United States is by far the largest donor to Pakistan relief efforts so far. On the other hand, a prominent US role may be politically untenable,” he said.