Haiti Earthquake Aid Facts

EDITOR’S NOTE: In the wake of the Jan. 12, 2010, deadly temblor in Haiti, David Roodman presented graphs depicting aid flows to the Caribbean country in recent years. For the disaster’s first anniversary, the research fellow at the Center for Global Development is providing more graphs, this time on the volume of post-disaster financial help Haiti has received.

Last year after the earthquake in Haiti, I posted graphs of aid and other financial flows to Haiti in recent years. This post continues in that tradition, focusing on post-disaster aid. A spreadsheet with all data and graphs is here.

The graph above excludes debt relief. “IDB” = Inter-American Development Bank. “OCHA” = U.N. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs. Source: U.N. Office of the Special Envoy for Haiti.

The graph above excludes debt relief. “OCHA” = U.N. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs. “Pledges” refers specifically to promises to deliver aid in 2010. Keep in mind that many factors can slow the delivery of aid, some beyond the control of donors. Source: U.N. Office of the Special Envoy for Haiti.

The graph above excludes aid from international organizations such as the UN and World Bank, even though their aid ultimately comes from national governments. It also excludes debt relief. Population for the European Commission is that of the European Union. Sources: U.N. Office of the Special Envoy for Haiti, U.S. Census Bureau International Database.

The graph above shows the face value of debt relief. The financial value of debt relief also depends on the interest rates on the cancelled debt, which are not factored in here. Sources: U.N. Office of the Special Envoy for Haiti, Inter-American Development Bank. Last year I argued that the value of debt relief for Haiti was exaggerated.

Source: U.N. Office of the Special Envoy for Haiti, List of all commitments/contributions and pledges. Judgments of which projects are public and which private are mine. In-kind donations are listed as having zero dollar value.

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

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