Haiti PM Seeks 'More, Better, Different' Aid

Haitian Prime Minister Jean-Max Bellerive addresses the United Nations Security Council on his country's situation on April 28. He calls for “more, better, different” aid to his country. Photo by: Eskinder Debebe / UN

Donors should give “more, better, different” aid to Haiti if the country is to have any chance of rising back from the crisis left by the massive Jan. 12 earthquake, according to Haitian Prime Minister Jean-Max Bellerive.

“I need more, I need better and I need it differently,” Bellerive told Reuters.

He explained that the reconstruction aid pledged so far by donor governments and organizations is not yet enough to address the enormous challenges the country faces in the aftermath of the earthquake, which killed at least 300,000 people and displaced up to 1.3 million.

More funding, both private and public, and better coordination in the delivery of aid are required to help the devastated country “build back better,” Bellerive said.

“‘Build back better’ is tied to those three criteria. We have the plan, but now we need the means,” he explained, while highlighting how rebuilding Haiti will be a litmus test for the real effectiveness of foreign aid.

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