Haiti Aid Facts

EDITOR’S NOTE: The U.S. is the most generous donor to Haiti, as indicated by graphs and data on aid to the Caribbean nation by the Center For Global Development. Other big Haiti donors include Canada, the European Commission, the Inter-American Development Bank and France.

CGD does not have data on how much public and private aid is responding to the earthquake in Haiti. But as background, here are a few charts on recent patterns in aid to Haiti from the governments of wealthy nations. Please post comments to request others. The graphs and data shown here are in this spreadsheet. All figures come from the Paris-based Development Assistance Committee (DAC), which collects its data from donor governments. The latest figures - just released - are for 2008.


Note: The graph above shows “Net Official Development Assistance,” (Net ODA) the standard DAC measure of aid quantity, totaled over three years. Source: DAC Table 2a.


Note: The graph above shows total Net ODA to Haiti for 2006-08 divided by 2007 population of sending country. The red bars are for aid that went to Haiti via international organizations such as the World Bank and UNICEF. Source: DAC Table 2a, U.S. Census Bureau International Database.

Note: The graph above shows “gross disbursements” of aid. It is from a different data set, which is less comprehensive but more detailed. So aid totals do not match those in the previous graph. This one shows government aid channeled through private charities, but not true private charity, for which data are unavailable. Data are also missing for two large donors, the Inter-American Development Bank and the IMF. Source: CRS.

Note: The graph above returns to the “Net ODA” measure. DAC defines humanitarian aid as “assistance designed to save lives, alleviate suffering and maintain and protect human dignity during and in the aftermath of emergencies.” Source: DAC Table 1.

Also in the spreadsheet, but hard to embed here, is a table on aid giving to Haiti by sector (health, education, etc.).

Re-published with permission by the Center for Global Development. Visit the original article.

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